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CREAMY PESTO PASTA

CREAMY PESTO PASTA
CREAMY PESTO PASTA

Pesto is one of the finer things in life. We love pesto. What on earth could be better than pesto?? Ah yes; CREAMY pesto! This creamy pesto is divine - the punchy, herby flavours of the pesto come through and are complimented perfectly by it’s rich, creamy texture. Poured over pasta and baby, we’re onto a winner. Expect to see empty bowls all round after eating this.

Ingredients
Method

Ingredients

Pesto

  • 100g fresh basil
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 120g toasted pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 100ml olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 250ml soya cream
  • 3 tbsp dairy free cream cheese
  • 100g spinach
  • 400g whole wheat penne pasta
  • Salt and pepper to taste

To Serve

  • Side salad
  • Lemon wedges
  • Basil leaves
  • Nutritional Yeast

Method

  1. 1.

    Kettle boiled | Saucepan | Blender


    First, make the pesto | Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a blender | Peel the garlic and put it in the blender | Put all the remaining ingredients in the blender and blitz to a cream (don’t put the basil stalks in - only use the leaves)


    Now, prepare the pasta | Boil a saucepan full of water over a high heat | Sprinkle in a generous pinch of salt | Add the pasta and cook according to packet instructions | Save 3-4 tbsp of pasta water


    Now, make the sauce | Pour the pesto into a saucepan and warm over a gentle heat, stirring continuously | Add the soya cream and dairy free cream cheese to the pan and stir to combine | Add the spinach and fold until wilted | Taste the sauce and season to perfection with salt and pepper


    Almost time to eat! | Add the pasta to the pan and fold it into the sauce | If the sauce needs loosening, add some pasta water and stir | Transfer the Creamy Pesto Pasta into bowls, garnish with basil leaves, nutritional yeast and serve immediately with a simple side salad and a wedge of lemon