Pasta with Creamy Spinach Pesto
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When you want a change from basil, try this spinach-based pesto instead. It's terrific with pasta but also great as a sandwich spread or vegetable soup condiment.
table salt1 ¼ tsp, divided, or more to taste
uncooked whole wheat pasta8 oz, spaghetti or linguine recommended
fresh spinach4 ½ cup(s), baby variety, washed and dried
olive oil1 ½ tsp, extra virgin
garlic clove(s)2 small clove(s)
WeightWatchers Reduced fat whipped cream cheese spread2 ½ tbsp
fresh lemon juice1 tsp, or to taste
- 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.
- Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, process spinach, water, oil, garlic and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt until smooth; set aside.
- 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.