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Whole Wheat Penne with Spinach Herb Pesto

Whole grain penne pasta tossed with a bright and refreshing flavored sauce of fresh herbs, spinach, and goats cheese.



  1. Bring pot of water to boil for pasta.
  2. In a small skillet lightly toast pignoli (pine) nuts over low flame, watching and shaking pan so not to burn; put aside to cool.
  3. Mince garlic cloves in food processor; add spinach leaves, parsley, basil, lemon zest, squeeze of lemon juice, parmesan cheese, goats cheese (garlic and herb), and cooled pignoli nuts; process until well minced; add olive oil and continue processing until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste; set aside.
  4. Salt boiling water and add pasta, cook according to package directions; drain and set aside, reserving about 1/2 cup of pasta water.
  5. Scrape sauce from processor into serving bowl; add hot pasta, mixing well; add reserved cooking water a little at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  6. Top pasta dish with fresh grated parmesan and diced roasted red pepper for garnish; serve and enjoy!
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Nutrition summary:

There are 421 calories in 1 serving of Whole Wheat Penne with Spinach Herb Pesto.
Calorie break-down: 32% fat, 54% carbs, 14% protein.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 143
Calories 421
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 15.84g 24%
  Saturated Fat 3.053g 15%
  Polyunsaturated Fat 4.838g  
  Monounsaturated Fat 6.155g  
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 108mg 4%
Potassium 362mg  
Total Carbohydrate 60.23g 20%
  Dietary Fiber 1.1g 4%
  Sugars 0.67g  
Protein 15.77g  
Vitamin A 244% Vitamin C 127%
Calcium 55% Iron 148%
of RDI*
(421 calories)
21% of RDI
Calorie Breakdown:
Carbohydrate (54%)
Fat (32%)
Protein (14%)
* Based on a RDI of 2000 calories