Vegan Walnut Pesto Pasta

dinner pasta Jan 30, 2024
Vegan Walnut Pesto Pasta

Vegan Walnut Pesto Pasta
Serves: 4 • Prep Time: 15 minutes • Cook Time: 15 minutes
FODMAP rating: low

This pasta is the perfect budget friendly, week night easy dinner recipe when you are busy! The walnuts in this recipe provide essential nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.

½ cup walnuts
½ cup packed fresh parsley
½ cup packed fresh basil
4 tablespoons capers or pitted olives
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
juice and zest of a lemon
4 tablespoons water
1 (16 oz) penne pasta
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
4 to 6 stalks kale, stems removed and chopped
1 cup vegetable broth or 1 teaspoon vegetable bouillon paste

Cook pasta
Blend all sauce ingredients in a food processor or blender.
Water sauté the garlic
Add the broth and kale and cook until kale is wilted
Add sauce and then pasta.
Season to taste with lemon juice, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper.
*Nut-Free: Use sunflower seeds instead of walnuts
*FODMAP Swaps: Keep garlic to under ½ teaspoon or use garlic-infused oil, chives, scallions or leeks instead of garlic (keep in mind vegetable broth or paste may have garlic in there as well) and increase as tolerated

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