Pasta with Creamy Spinach Pesto

Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
8 min
Recipe Details
  • 1 1/4 tsp table salt, divided, or more to taste
  • 8 oz uncooked whole wheat pasta, spaghetti or linguine recommended
  • 4 1/2 cup(s) fresh spinach, baby variety, washed and dried
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 1/2 tsp olive oil, extra virgin
  • 2 clove(s) garlic clove(s)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp low fat cream cheese
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice, or to taste
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil (use 1 teaspoon salt). Add pasta and cook as package directs until al dente, about 8 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, process spinach, water, oil, garlic and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt until smooth; set aside.
  3. Reserve 1/4 cup pasta cooking water and then drain pasta. Return pasta to pot; add cream cheese and stir until melted. Add pesto sauce and toss to combine, adding reserved cooking water if a thinner consistency is desired. Season with fresh lemon juice and salt, if desired. Yields about 1 1/4 cups per serving.
Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese if desired. And/or stir in some roasted cherry tomatoes (could affect SmartPoints value).

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