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Italian Vegetable Fusilli with Basil Mint Pesto

Rated as 4.8 out of 5 Stars

"I spotted a box of fusilli pasta in my pantry and immediately decided to make an Italian dish with green vegetables and a pesto! My Italian vegetable fusilli with basil mint pesto was amazing, if I can say so myself."
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37 m servings 1092
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Place pine nuts in a skillet over medium heat. Toast until golden, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and let cool.
  2. Combine pine nuts, basil, parsley, mint, and garlic in a food processor or mini chopper; pulse until finely chopped. Add 1 cup olive oil and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese; pulse to incorporate. Season pesto with salt and pepper.
  3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook fusilli in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking water. Wipe out pot.
  4. Heat remaining 1/4 cup olive oil in the pot over high heat. Add asparagus; season with salt and pepper. Cook until crisp-tender and browned in spots, about 4 minutes. Stir in spinach and cook just until wilted, 3 minutes. Add pesto and fusilli; toss well to coat. Stir in reserved cooking water if pesto looks dry.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 1092 calories; 74.3 90.6 23.1 4 204 Full nutrition

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Made as written and this was excellent! No changes needed.

I added green beans and peas. Fabulous!!

I added some diced Roma tomatoes and passed on the mint. Thought about adding spinach but decided to try that another time lol. Everything was good though!

This was awesome and delicious. I followed the recipe, but I think I used a 1/4 cup less oil in the sauté of asparagus and spinach.

It was much better than I expected. I had no way to chop it except by hand and it worked out fine. Was generous with olive oil and really is lovely.