Spinach Pasta With Asparagus Pesto

I couldn’t find spinach spaghetti, but I did find one that was made with various veggies and was reddish in color. Husband LOVED this pasta. My 8 year old didn’t care for it, but my 5 year old liked the pasta part only. I thought it was pretty good, and was a nice change.

rating: 9

Spinach Pasta With Asparagus Pesto
(Real Simple)

serves 4
time needed: 35 min.


1 pound spinach spaghetti (I used a spaghetti made with veggies)
1/2 pound green asparagus, peeled and trimmed
1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1 ounce pine nuts (2 tablespoons)
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1 cup chicken broth ( I used vegetarian “chicken” broth)
1 ounce Parmesan, freshly grated (about 1/4 cup)
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions until al dente. Drain.
Meanwhile, place the asparagus in a pot of lightly salted boiling water. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until tender-crisp. Drain and run under cold water to stop cooking.
Cut the spears in half. Roughly chop the stalk bottoms; cut tops into 1-inch pieces. In a food processor, combine the bottoms, garlic, ¼ cup basil, pine nuts, and ½ teaspoon salt. With the motor running, add 1 tablespoon oil and process until finely chopped.
In a large skillet, heat the remaining tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add the shallot; cook until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the asparagus mixture and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the chicken broth and asparagus tops and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is thickened, about 5 minutes.
Tear the remaining basil leaves and add to the skillet, along with the pasta, Parmesan, pepper, and remaining salt. Toss well. Serve immediately.

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