A twist on pesto -- with parsley and walnuts -- gives fettuccine springtime color and freshness. It's sure to impress the fussiest guests.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water; drain pasta, and return to pot.

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  • In a food processor, puree parsley, walnuts, Parmesan, garlic, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons water until a paste forms. With machine running, add oil in a thin stream; process until very smooth, about 1 minute. Season pesto with salt and pepper.

  • To pasta in pot, add pesto, 1/4 cup pasta water, and spinach; toss to combine. Thin with pasta water as needed. Serve sprinkled with walnuts and Parmesan.

Reviews (9)

59 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 16
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2018
Minouchka -- ***** Soooooo Gooooood!
Rating: 4 stars
12/30/2013
Very nice.
Rating: Unrated
02/13/2012
So delicious & easy to make! I used whole wheat fettucine, I think it adds a heartier flavor. Perfect with the spinach & walnuts. I also used 1 cup parsley & 1 cup nettle just because it's so good for you. YUM!!!!! :) Happy I came across this recipe.
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Rating: Unrated
03/11/2010
We loved this! Made it with whole-wheat linguini. Very easy to put together. I served it with roasted drumsticks.
Rating: Unrated
02/27/2010
Hi kitchencartsromona ! I love cilantro too but because it's such a strong flavour I wouldn't recommend substituting it for all the parsley - try 1/2 and 1/2 and see what you think.
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02/25/2010
I am wondering if I could substitute cilantro for parsley. My family likes that flavor over parsley.
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02/25/2010
I am wondering if I could substitute cilantro for parsley. My family likes that flavor over parsley.
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03/04/2009
Delcious............loved it
Rating: Unrated
03/04/2009
Delcious............loved it