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Meatless Monday Recipe for 12/10/12: Almond Pesto Pasta With Zucchini

Almond-Pesto-Pasta-with-ZucchiniFWhen you stop and think about it (because, really, what would compel you to do otherwise?) who doesn’t enjoy a delectable plate of pasta? Whether hot or cold, from capellini to ziti, tagliatelle to fettucine, or fusilli to manicotti, pasta is a dish that has worked its way into our culture and it is a dish which we eagerly accept with open arms (and mouths). As versatile a food product as it is varied in types, we simply love pasta.

This week’s Meatless Monday recipe is a particularly scrumptious take using the narrow and flat pasta we all know and love as linguine. Add a bit of homemade almond pesto and toss with zucchini and carrots and you have a meal that you likely won’t want to share … but please do; after all, it’s Meatless Monday!

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Almond Pesto Pasta with Zucchini

(Serves 4)

Almond Pesto:

  • 1 1/2 packed cups basil, washed
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast*
  • or
  • 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 5 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

To complete the Almond Pesto Pasta with Zucchini:

  • 4 ounces linguine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1 large carrot

*Found in health food stores or the health food section of most grocery stores.

To make the almond pesto:

Place the basil, nutritional yeast or cheese, almonds and garlic together in a food processor. Run the food processor until the basil almond mixture is very finely chopped, stopping the food processor and scraping down the sides with a spatula when necessary.

While the food processor runs, slowly pour the canola oil in through the top window. Process until you have a smooth sauce. Taste and season with the salt and pepper, adjusting amounts if desired.

To complete the Almond Pesto Pasta with Zucchini:

Place a large pot of salted water over medium-high heat. When the water boils, cook the pasta according to package directions, or until the linguine is al dente. Drain and transfer back to the pot.

Using a spiralizer or vegetable peeler, make the zucchini and carrots into thin strips to match the linguine.

Place the pesto in a frying pan and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until the garlic and almonds become fragrant.

Add the al dente pasta, zucchini strips and carrot strips to the pan. Toss to ensure the pesto sauce is evenly distributed on the pasta and veggie “noodles”. Divide into 4 portions and enjoy!

[This wonderful recipe appears on Bon Vivant by way of Sara from Veggies for Real and compliments of MeatlessMonday.]

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