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Bow Ties with Walnut-Herb Pesto Recipe
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Bow Ties with Walnut-Herb Pesto Recipe

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I gotta have pasta in my life, at least once a week. So I developed a pasta recipe that isn't loaded with fat and extra calories. And it's done in 20 mintues! —Diane Nemitz, Ludington, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups uncooked whole wheat bow tie pasta
  • 1 cup fresh arugula
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh parsley sprigs
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 plum tomato, seeded and chopped

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 323 calories, 17 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 252 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 10 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 fat, 2 starch.

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, place the arugula, parsley, basil, cheese, salt and pepper flakes in a food processor; cover and pulse until chopped. Add walnuts; cover and process until blended. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream.
  3. Drain pasta, reserving 3 tablespoons cooking water. In a large bowl, toss pasta with pesto, tomato and reserved water. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Bow Ties with Walnut-Herb Pesto in Healthy Cooking August/September 2011, p51

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 323 calories, 17 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 252 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 10 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 fat, 2 starch.

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Sep. 7, 2011

"I thought this was very good!! I don't have a food processor but I have a mini one called "Oscar" and it worked just perfectly for this recipe. You could add meat or shrimp to this if you want more protein. It was easy and fun to make!!"

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