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Spaghetti and Spinach Pesto

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Spaghetti and Spinach Pesto
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  • Makes: 8 Servings

This pesto spaghetti dish is made with spinach for a unique spin on a classic. Top with feta and serve with a side salad for a colorful meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound whole wheat spaghetti, uncooked (or your favorite pasta shape)
  • 1 package 10-oz frozen spinach, thawed, well drained
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons tub margarine
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 ounces crumbled feta cheese

Directions

1. In a blender (or food processor), combine spinach, oil, Parmesan cheese, parsley, garlic, salt and basil. Mix at medium speed until finely chopped.
 
2. Melt margarine in water. With blender or processor running, gradually pour in melted margarine mixture until blended.
 
3. Cook pasta according to package directions.
 
4. Toss pesto with cooked pasta. 
 
5. Sprinkle feta on top and serve.

Notes

Serving Suggestions: Serve with grilled chicken, side salad, skim milk, apple slices.

The "Grain Chain," a group of MyPlate National Strategic Partners committed to promoting and supporting grains, offers a series of recipes featuring whole grains. Members include American Bakers Association, Wheat Food Council, Grains Food Foundation, National Pasta Association, USA Rice Federation, General Mills, and Kellogg's.

 

 

 

Source: The "Grain Chain"

Nutrition Information

Nutrients Amount
Total Calories 294
Total Fat 9 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Cholesterol 8 mg
Sodium 417 mg
Carbohydrates 45 g
Dietary Fiber 8 g
Total Sugars 2 g
Added Sugars included 0 g
Protein 12 g
Vitamin D 1 mcg
Calcium 202 mg
Iron 2 mg
Potassium 203 mg
N/A - data is not available
Nutrients Amount
Total Calories 294
Total Fat 9 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g
Linoleic Acid 2 g
α-Linolenic Acid 0.6 g
Omega 3 - EPA 0 mg
Omega 3 - DHA 0 mg
Cholesterol 8 mg
Carbohydrates 45 g
Dietary Fiber 8 g
Total Sugars 2 g
Added Sugars included 0 g
Protein 12 g
Minerals
Calcium 202 mg
Potassium 203 mg
Sodium 417 mg
Copper 320 mcg
Iron 2 mg
Magnesium 74 mg
Phosphorus 200 mg
Selenium 45 mcg
Zinc 2 mg
Vitamins
Vitamin A 212 mcg RAE
Vitamin B6 0.3 mg
Vitamin B12 0.5 mcg
Vitamin C 2 mg
Vitamin D 1 mcg
Vitamin E 3 mg
Vitamin K 172 mcg
Folate 45 mcg DFE
Thiamin 0.2 mg
Riboflavin 0.2 mg
Niacin 1 mg
Choline 26 mg
Note: only nutrients that are available will show on this display

MyPlate Food Groups

MyPlate Food Groups
Vegetables
1/4 cups
Grains
2 1/2 ounces
Dairy
1/4 cups