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Nutrition Facts

Calories 310
  Calories from Fat 94 (30%)
(17%)Total Fat 11g
(11%)Saturated Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
(2%)Cholesterol 6mg
(10%)Sodium 247mg
(7%)Potassium 250mg
Total Carbohydrate 45g
(5%)Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 1g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(25%)Protein 12g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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Pasta with Walnut-Basil Pesto


  • 1 1/4 cups packed fresh basil

  • 1/4 cup walnuts

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled

  • 1 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/8 tsp crushed red-pepper flakes

  • 8 oz multigrain angel hair pasta

  • 1/4 cup chopped tomato (optional)

  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

If you like, coarsely chop and toast 1 tablespoon of the walnuts. Sprinkle over the top for a little extra crunch.


  • In a food processor, place the basil, walnuts, garlic, oil, salt, and pepper flakes. Process, stopping the machine once or twice to scrape down the sides, until finely pureed. Scrape into a serving bowl.
  • Meanwhile, bring a medium pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water.
  • Stir 2 or 3 tablespoons of the pasta water into the pesto to warm it and make it creamier. Add the pasta and toss, adding more pasta water if dry. Sprinkle with the tomato, if using, and the cheese.

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