Fresh spinach makes a delicious, simple, healthful basis for a quick blender pesto that allows you to get this delicious dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes.
- Yield: Makes 4-6 servings
- Cuisine: Italian
- Course: Dinner
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5 cups baby spinach
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup toasted walnuts
1 garlic clove
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese + additional for serving
6 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pound bucatini pasta
6 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 cup fresh or frozen peas
1. For the pesto, combine the spinach, basil, walnuts, garlic, 1/4 cup cheese, oil, salt and pepper in a blender and puree.
2. Bring 7.5-quart wide stockpot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions; drain.
3. Return the stockpot to the stove over medium heat and add the bacon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is browned, 7-8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until starting to brown, about 1-1 1/2 minutes. Stir in the peas and cook until bright green, about 2 minutes. Add the reserved pasta and cook until heated through, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat and toss with the pesto. Divide among serving plates and serve with additional cheese if desired.