7-Ingredient “Pesto” Pasta
Hello! I wanted to share a recipe that we improvised but it tasted 10/10. With food deliveries and pickups, it’s getting difficult to be selective with our food. Stores substitute our grocery items or simply run out of stock. Substituting ingredients is essential if you're having the same issue. The best way to make an innovative recipe is to test ingredient combinations that are out of your comfort zone. It’s also okay if your recipe doesn’t turn out AMAZING the first few times.
Many studies focus on tulsi (holy basil) for medicinal purposes. On the other hand, we consume sweet basil, which is anti-inflammatory and contains antioxidants (immunity booster!) (1a, 1b).
Spinach is my favorite vegetable. Besides its high vitamin A content, spinach can be beneficial for managing high blood pressure (1c) and reducing oxidative stress caused by high-fat diets (1d). It’s perfect for smoothies because you literally can’t taste it.
Walnuts can help heal or decrease the risk of chronic diseases and certain brain disorders. They contain alpha-linolenic acid (1f), which can protect against “oxidative stress and inflammation" caused by these diseases (1g).
Now, that you’re ready to make healthy pesto for your pasta, here’s the recipe:
1 cup basil
1 cup spinach
½ cup walnuts
3 garlic cloves
1.5 tsp. salt
½ cup olive oil
1 package of pasta
Cook spaghetti or the pasta of your choice in a boiling pot of water.
Add the basil leaves, spinach, walnuts, and garlic in a blender.
Pour the olive oil after adding salt (to taste). Blend away! Tip: I prefer to keep mine smooth and creamy, but if you prefer chunkier pesto, then you can briefly blend your mix at a lower setting.