Omega-3–rich walnuts and a trio of energizing green superfoods make our rich and creamy pesto as good for you as it is delicious.
- 1 (14.5 oz.) multigrain spaghetti, such as Barilla Protein Plus
- 1/2 c packed fresh basil
- 1/2 c baby spinach
- 1/4 c packed fresh parsley
- 1 large clove garlic
- 1/2 c part-skim ricotta cheese
- 1/4 c chicken broth
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp chopped walnuts
- 2 tbsp grated Romano cheese
- 1/4 c chopped onions
- 2 tbsp low-fat Italian dressing
- 1 c halved cherry tomatoes
Cook spaghetti as package directs. Drain and set aside; keep warm.
In food processor, pulse basil, baby spinach, parsley, and garlic 5 times or until finely chopped. Add ricotta cheese, chicken broth, olive oil, walnuts, and Romano cheese. Process 1 min. or until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
In skillet over medium heat, cook onions in Italian dressing, stirring, 4 min. or until tender. Add cherry tomatoes; cook 1 min. In large bowl, gently toss warm spaghetti, pesto mixture, and tomato mixture. Garnish with shaved Parmesan cheese and basil leaves, if desired.
Enjoy With Garlic-Herb Toasts
These deliciously savory crostini are perfect for soaking up every last drop of the creamy pesto. To make: Heat oven to 375°F. Cut half of 1 baguette diagonally into 1/4" slices. In bowl, combine 2 tbsp. olive oil and 1 tsp. minced garlic; microwave 30 sec. at 50 percent power. Brush both sides of bread with oil; bake 10–15 min., until toasted, turning once. Sprinkle with 2 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley and 2 tbsp. grated Parmesan. Serves 4.