Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Creamy Pesto


Pasta with Creamy Pesto: 
1 lb. Radiatore or rotini pasta
1 c. Broth
¾ c. Fresh basil
¼ c. Grated Parmesan cheese
½ tsp. Salt
¼ tsp. Black pepper
3 Cloves garlic, minced
8 oz. Neufchatel or cream cheese (softened)

Basil from my garden
Tomato Vinaigrette Topping:
2 c. Fresh tomatoes, diced
¼ c. Red onion, minced
1 ½ Tbsp. Balsamic vinegar
½ Tbsp. Olive oil

Directions:
1. Boil pasta according to package instructions.
2. If you are making broth out of bouillon, now’s the time. Put the appropriate size cube of vegetable bouillon (look on the package) in 1 cup water and put it in the microwave for a minute, then stir. If it’s not dissolved yet, zap it a little longer.
3. Combine the broth, basil, Parmesan, salt, pepper, garlic, and softened cream cheese in a blender and blend till smooth. Pour the sauce over the cooked pasta and toss to combine.
4. Make the topping: Chop the tomatoes and onion and put in a medium-size bowl. Add vinegar and olive oil.

How to serve:
Scoop 1 cup pasta onto a plate and top with 3 ½ Tbsp. tomato topping.
(Or 2 cups pasta and 7 Tbsp. tomato topping.)

*Nutrition facts:
Pasta + Sauce:

Item
Calories
Sodium (% RDA)
Fiber (g)
Protein (g)
Calcium (% RDA)
16 oz. radiatore pasta
1680
0
16
56
0
½ Knorr veg. bouillon cube
15
35
0
0
0
¾ c. basil
3
0
0
0
3
¼ c. grated Parmesan
120
24
0
12
36
8 oz. Neufchatel cheese
560
40
0
16
16
½ tsp. salt
0
50
0
0
0
3 cloves garlic
12
0
0
0.5
3
Total (6 cups):
2390 kcal
149%
16g
84.5g
58%

1 cup:
398 kcal
25%
2.5g
14g
9.5%

   
Tomato Topping:

Item
Calories
Sodium (% RDA)
Fiber (g)
Protein (g)
Calcium (% RDA)
2 c. tomatoes
64
1
4
4
4
¼ c. red onion
15
0
1
1
1
1 ½ Tbsp. vinegar
15
0
0
0
0
½ Tbsp. olive oil
60
0
0
0
0
Total (20 Tbsp.):
154 kcal
1%
5g
5g
5%

3 ½ Tbsp:
27 kcal
0%
0.75g
0.75g
0.75%


I used “Great Value” brand (Walmart) pasta and Neufchatel cheese.
I used “Knorr” brand vegetable bouillon, “Morton” brand salt, “ACME” brand vinegar, and “Members Mark” brand olive oil (Sams Club).

Nothing is more delicious in the summer than fresh tomatoes and basil! I received this recipe from a fellow ecology student, Jay C., many years ago, and it instantly became a favorite. It’s quick to make because only one ingredient (pasta) must be cooked, and yet it’s fancy enough for a dinner party! J

6 comments:

  1. My kids loved this! Thanks for posting delicious and healthy meals.

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  2. This looks really good!

    -dishingwithdish@blogspot.com

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  3. We had this and everone liked it- so simple too. Thanks!
    http://dishingwithdish.blogspot.com/

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  4. Glad you liked it! Saw your post--good ideas!

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