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Spinach Pesto Pasta Bake

from the video Lighter Dinner Bakes 4 Ways ▶︎

by Kahnita Wilkerson

Ingredients

for 8 servings

  • 3 cups (120 g) fresh spinach
  • 1 cup (40 g) fresh basil
  • ¾ cup (100 g) pine nuts
  • ¼ cup (25 g) parmesan cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • salt, to taste
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) lemon juice
  • ½ cup (120 mL) olive oil
  • 1 box whole wheat pasta, prepared
  • 2 cups (400 g) cherry tomato, halved
  • ½ cup (50 g) mozzarella cheese

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. In a blender or food processor, add the spinach, basil, pine nuts, parmesan, garlic, salt, lemon juice, and olive oil.
  3. Blend until you reach a creamy consistency. Set aside.
  4. Add the pasta to a large bowl then add the tomatoes. Pour the pesto onto the pasta and mix well to combine.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish and top with mozzarella.
  6. Cover with foil and bake for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Carefully remove and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!
 
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