5 Ingredient Pesto Pasta

5 Ingredient Pesto Pasta

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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!

Ingredients

  • 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

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Spread pine nuts on a baking sheet, and put it in the oven, stirring occasionally, until golden-brown, 5 to 10 minutes. 
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. With the blender on low, add in oil until everything is smooth. Set aside
  6. Cook the pasta based on the instructions in the box and then drain
  7. 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!

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