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Pasta with Pesto Sauce

Makes 8 servings

This pasta in delicate fresh basil sauce is a great meal. It takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and is always a big hit.

1 bunch (1 1/2 cups loosely packed) fresh basil
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon barley miso
4 tablespoons pine nuts or chopped walnuts, divided
1/4 cup water
1 pound dry spaghetti or linguini

Place basil, oil, garlic, miso, 2 tablespoons pine nuts or walnuts, and water in a blender or food processor. Blend until a creamy consistency is reached, then add remaining 2 tablespoons pine nuts or walnuts and mix just a second or two.

Cook pasta according to package directions and drain. Serve sauce over individual bowls of pasta.

Per serving (1/8 of recipe)

  • Calories: 264
  • Fat: 4.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.6 g
  • Calories from Fat: 14.4%
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Protein: 9.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 47 g
  • Sugar: 1.3 g
  • Fiber: 3.9 g
  • Sodium: 81 mg
  • Calcium: 27 mg
  • Iron: 3 mg
  • Vitamin C: 1.6 mg
  • Beta Carotene: 364 mcg
  • Vitamin E: 0.3 mg

Source: The Power of Your Plate by Neal Barnard, M.D.; recipe by Camilla Meek