How to cook pasta with spinach pesto sauce and fresh mushrooms

pasta-with-spinach-pesto-sauce-and-fresh-mushroomsThis pasta with spinach pesto sauce and fresh mushrooms is healthy and very tasty. I would cut the amount of pasta down next time to have more sauce.This pasta recipes is a very healthy alternative to pesto (spinach is so good for you).

Ingredients of pasta with spinach pesto sauce and fresh mushrooms recipes:

  • 10 ounces fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 6 ounces fresh sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup bacon bits
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 16 ounces fresh spinach, washed and chopped
  • 6 ounces low-fat, firm silken tofu
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/8 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

How to cook pasta with spinach pesto sauce and fresh mushrooms:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. While pasta is cooking, in food processor or blender, combine spinach, tofu, lemon juice, garlic, broth, cheese, pepper, and Italian seasoning, process until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Spray a large non-stick saute pan with cooking spray. Over medium heat, cook onions and mushrooms until tender. Reduce heat to low, add pesto mixture and heat until hot.
  4. Toss pasta with sauce and bacon bits. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese, if desired. NOTE: If sauce seems too thick, thin to desired consistency with pasta cooking water or broth.
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