Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cloud 9 Pesto Pasta

Have you been looking for that "knock your socks off" type recipe that will please that special someone, or hell anyone for that matter? Well here it is. Get on board with this recipe and I can promise that you will be so glad you did. Here is my 
Cloud 9 Pesto Pasta
1/2 box of pasta - I used Rigatoni - anything that has ridges would help the pesto stick on!
1/2 plus 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup walnuts - toasted
1 cup basil
3 cups spinach
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 lb fresh green beans - trimmed
1 large yellow onion - coarsely chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees
1. Place onion and green beans on a cookie sheet and massage 4 tablespoons olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Roast in oven for 30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile cook pasta according to directions.
3. While pasta is cooking and veggies are being sauteed, place the 1/2 cup olive oil, walnuts, basil, spinach and garlic in a food processor until smooth.
4. Once pasta is cooked and water is drained, place pesto and veggies with pasta. Salt and pepper to taste. If you need some protein, add in chicken, steak or pork tenderloin.

 My husband and I absolutely scarfed this down. We went back time and time again for more.
The flavors were so mouthwatering. We were consistently making the mmmmmm sounds throughout the entire meal.
 It screamed SPRING time!
 The basil was so stinking fresh!

 Green beans and onions added a perfect crunch and nutrient punch!
 When you try this meal and come to me saying how good it was, I'll be sure to say, I told you so! :)


  1. Danie - I'll definitely be trying this recipe. It sounds great.

  2. Yes! You have great pasta recipes too! Feel free to share your favorites with me Greg!