5 Ingredient Pesto Pasta
Banza challenged us bloggers to a 5 ingredient dish challenge, so I chose something easy, but always delicious - pesto pasta! I had pesto for the first time in high school during an exchange program, where a group of Italians showed me the heavenly pesto pasta. Before that, all I ate was good ol' marinara pasta. Making pesto from scratch fills the kitchen with the smell of fresh basil and creates a beautiful garlicky, nutty green sauce that goes perfectly over pasta.
I got the fresh basil from the indoor farm company, Bowery Farming, which is non-GMO, local (travels 10 miles or less), fully traceable, and has less waste than traditional farms. I also used Banza pasta, which has 25g of protein per box, made with chickpeas, 13g of fiber, and less carbs than traditional pasta. I also used Che Artisan Cheese, which is vegan cheese made with sunflower seeds. This power team creates an amazing, quick, and easy dish perfect for a weeknight dinner!
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves (I used Bowery Farming basil)
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts
- 2 large cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup of vegan mozzarella (I used Che' Artisan Cheese)
- 1 cup pasta (I used Banza Chickpea Protein Pasta)
- *Bonus* Add a splash of walnut milk (or any nut milk) to make it creamier
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Spread pine nuts on a baking sheet, and put it in the oven, stirring occasionally, until golden-brown, 5 to 10 minutes.
- At the same time, place unpeeled garlic cloves on a baking sheet and drizzle with about 1 tablespoon olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. Bake for 20 minutes until the cloves are soft. Remove peel
- Combine basil leaves, pine nuts and garlic in a food processor or blender. Blend until everything is minced. *Bonus* Add a splash of walnut milk to make it creamier
- With the blender on low, add in oil until everything is smooth. Set aside
- Cook the pasta based on the instructions in the box and then drain
- Add sliced mozzarella and pesto to the cooked pasta
PS: Did anyone notice how the box of pasta is different from what's actually in the dish? I ran out of the penne pasta so had to use the wheels for the photo...sorry friends!