Spinach-Basil Pesto with ZENB Penne Pasta


PREP TIME 15 minutes

COOK TIME 15 minutes

TOTAL TIME 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts


Serving Size: 349g
Servings: 4

Calories: 520

Amount per Serving*% Daily Value
Total Fat23g29%
Saturated Fat3.5g18%
Dietary Fiber12g43%
Total Sugar2g
Vitamin A 20%
Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 176mg 15%
Iron 6mg 35%
Potassium 111mg 2%
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.


Pesto is a go-to for many when looking for a sauce to pair with their pasta. This ZENB Penne Pasta recipe uses spinach, basil, pine nuts, and more to deliver a delicious homemade pesto pasta. Make sure to toast the pine nuts to improve the texture and flavor of the pesto.


  • 1 box (12 ounces) ZENB Penne Pasta made from 100% Yellow Peas, uncooked
  • 2 cups loosely packed baby spinach
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil



Cook ZENB Pasta as directed on package. Reserve 1 cup pasta water. Drain; keep warm.


Meanwhile, add spinach, basil and garlic to work bowl of food processor. Pulse 5-10 seconds until coarsely chopped. Add Parmesan, pine nuts, lemon juice and salt. Pulse 5-10 seconds to form thick paste. Process 10-20 seconds while adding oil through feed tube until smooth.


Combine pasta and pesto in large serving bowl. Add reserved pasta water, 1/4 cup at a time, until well coated.

Tasty Tips

Toasting nuts improves the texture and flavor dramatically, and adds more flavor to a dish.

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