Pasta with Creamy Spinach Pesto

8
Total Time
20 min
Prep
5 min
Cook
15 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy

Ingredients

uncooked whole-wheat spaghetti

½ pound(s), or linguine

low fat cream cheese

3 Tbsp, (Neufchatel), softened

fresh lemon juice

1 tsp

fresh baby spinach

4½ cup(s)

water

2 Tbsp

extra virgin olive oil

1½ tsp

garlic clove(s)

2 medium clove(s)

table salt

½ tsp

black pepper

tsp

grated Parmesan cheese

4 Tbsp

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving ¼ cup cooking water. Transfer pasta to large serving bowl. Add cream cheese and lemon juice and toss until cheese is melted. Keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, to make pesto, puree spinach, water, oil, garlic, salt, and pepper in food processor.
  3. Add pesto to pasta mixture and toss to combine. If needed, stir in reserved pasta cooking water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to moisten.
  4. Divide pasta evenly among 4 bowls and sprinkle evenly with Parmesan.
  5. Serving size: 1¼ cups

Notes

Add 2 cups of halved cherry tomatoes or 12 ounces chopped cooked skinless chicken breast (adds 2 SmartPoints value per serving) to this simple pasta dish.

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