Rating: 2.74 stars
19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 1

This is a tasty twist on classic pasta with pesto sauce.

Everyday Food, September 2004

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prep:
30 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
8
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In small saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-low heat. Cook shallots, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile, submerge spinach and basil in a large pot of simmering salted water; drain immediately. Squeeze out as much liquid as possible; transfer spinach and basil to a food processor.

  • Add shallots, ricotta, Parmesan, and nutmeg; season with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Process until smooth.

  • Cook pasta until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water. Toss pasta with spinach sauce; thin with pasta water, as needed. Serve with extra grated Parmesan, if desired.

Cook's Notes

To freeze the sauce, cool completely before transferring to storage containers. Freeze up to 3 months. To cook: Defrost sauce overnight in refrigerator (or use the microwave); reheat over medium-low heat. Cook pasta.

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Reviews (5)

19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: Unrated
07/21/2008
I made this dish for dinner tonight. The spinach in the sauce is great way to stretch conventail pesto and add nutrients. I served the pasta cold and added Moroccan olives and fresh cherry tomatoes. It was a delicious summer meal.
Rating: Unrated
06/28/2008
How about some comments about the TASTE? Has anyone actually tried this recipe????
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06/26/2008
I agree. How about making it even healthier by using whole wheat pasta and part-skim ricotta?
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06/24/2008
The calories calculator is a great idea. I hope M.S. reads these postings.
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06/24/2008
Would love to know the calories in these recipes. It would save time trying to calculate on my own, and would be greatly be appreciated!