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Veggies and Orecchiette with Arugula-Walnut Pesto

Whether entertaining friends or making dinner for your family, this colorful vegetarian pasta dish is a perfect choice. Only you need to know how easy it is to prepare!

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  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 35 min
  • Servings 6

Pesto

1 1/2
cups firmly packed fresh arugula leaves
1/2
cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
1/4
cup chopped walnuts
1
clove garlic
1/3
cup extra-virgin olive oil

Pasta and Sauce

3
cups uncooked orecchiette (tiny disk) pasta (12 oz)
1
tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1
package (8 oz) sliced fresh mushrooms (about 3 cups)
1
pint (2 cups) grape tomatoes, halved
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • 1 In food processor, place pesto ingredients. Cover; blend on medium speed about 1 minute, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides, until smooth. Set aside.
  • 2 Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Return to saucepan; cover to keep warm.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 2 minutes. Stir in mushrooms, tomatoes, salt and pepper. Cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until mushrooms are tender and tomatoes are soft.
  • 4 Stir vegetables and pesto into pasta until evenly coated. Serve immediately.

EXPERT TIPS

Expert Tips

Substitute Campanelle pasta (small bells or flowers) if orecchiette isn’t available.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving (About 1 1/3 Cups)
Calories
390
(
Calories from Fat
170),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
19g
19%
(Saturated Fat
2 1/2g,
2 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
200mg
200%;
Total Carbohydrate
47g
47%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
4g
4%
),
Protein
9g
9%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%;
Vitamin C
8%;
Calcium
2%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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