Spring Green Pesto Pasta Salad with Homemade Freezer Pesto

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This fresh and simple freeze-able pesto sauce is the perfect topper for your pasta, salmon, or really anything that needs a quick flavor and nutrient boost! Add it to pasta for an easy vegetarian weeknight meal to make quick vegetarian pasta with freezer pesto.

Have you made homemade pesto before? I hadn’t until I made it twice this past week. The first time was to try to use up my fresh basil (my basil plant is still alive-this is MAJOR!), the second time was to use up fresh arugula. Pesto is a really delicious and easy way to boost pasta or salmon (both of which I made to top with my new delish sauce), and I even chose foods I commonly have on hand. I usually have some greens (great way to use up those greens you forgot about, or need to use up before going out of town), basil, hemp hearts, parmesan, and olive oil on hand. It was so easy!

With all that said, enjoy this super easy, delicious, healthy, and freeze-able sauce will make all your wildest summer dreams come true.

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Freezer Pesto
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

The easiest way to make your own pesto. You can freeze this or use it immediately.

Course: Main Course, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces fresh arugula or spinach washed and dried
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 cup hemp hearts
  • 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
  • sprinkle of salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to high powered blender, blend until well incorporated

  2. Top pasta, fish, or other protein immediately. Or freeze sauce. 

 

here’s what you’ve got to try the pesto on:

Spring Green Pesto Pasta | www.nourishnutritionblog.com
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Quick Vegetarian Pasta Salad with Freezer Pesto
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

If you're looking for a versatile pasta salad that's great hot or cold, that's quick, and so bright, look no farther than this delicious vegetarian pasta salad with freezer pesto

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Ingredients
  • 2/3 lb pasta of choice
  • 1 cup shelled edamame
  • 1 cup freezer pesto recipe above
  • 2 cups frozen French green beans
Instructions
  1. Boil pasta

  2. When pasta is about 5 minutes from being done, add edamame and green beans to cooking pasta. Finish cooking until vegetables are tender and pasta is al dente.

  3. Drain water, add pesto sauce, stir until pesto is warm and pasta is coated.

  4. Top with parmesan cheese and hemp hearts. Serve hot or cold. 

 

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4 Comments

  1. Lauren Grant | Zestful Kitchen

    April 17, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Ok, now I’m hungry! All my favorite ingredients, looks and sounds delicious!

    Reply
    • Rebecca

      April 17, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      yes so many great ingredients! thanks Lauren!

      Reply
  2. Kathryn Pfeffer

    April 17, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    I love using hemp seeds in pesto! This dish looks so fresh and delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

    Reply
    • Rebecca

      April 18, 2017 at 8:53 am

      me too! such an easy and nutty addition!

      Reply

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