Walnut Pesto Penne

Another Cooking Light inspired dinner. Jack is mostly responsible for this one, since he did the shopping and a lot of the cooking while I finished my homework. I helped a bit once the homework was done.

Anyway, the Coking Light recipe was for Macadamia Nut-Pesto Fettuccine, but Jack couldn’t find macadamia nuts at the store and we had walnuts. And we had penne, so we went with that as well.

1 box whole wheat pasta, cooked and drained
3 cups fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup half-and-half
3 TBSP roasted walnuts
3 TBSP grated fresh Parmesan cheese
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper to taste

Take basil, half and half, walnuts and parmesan cheese, lemon juice, salt and pepper, place in the blender or food processor until you have a smooth GREEN mixture. It is so green! Toss with pasta and serve.

We had ours with salad and ciabatta. There was so much leftover though, we thought it would be four of us for dinner and it was just two. So I ate lots more salad and less pasta which contributed to even more leftovers. I totally dug it though! The lemon juice, Parmesan, walnut and basil all stood out well. And every once in a while there was a nce little walnut crunch! I like crunch!

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