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Pesto Shells and Peas Pasta

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Pesto Shells and Peas Pasta
  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 35 min
  • Servings 6
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This easy pasta dinner is great for little kids and adults alike! The bright green color comes from peas and purchased pesto.

Ingredients

1
box (1 lb) medium pasta shells
1
bag (12 oz) frozen sweet peas
3/4
cup basil pesto
2
tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

  • 1 Cook and drain pasta as directed on box.
  • 2 Meanwhile, cook peas as directed on bag. Reserve 3/4 cup of the cooked peas.
  • 3 Place remaining peas in food processor along with pesto and olive oil.
  • 4 Cover; process 2 to 3 minutes, scraping down sides as necessary, until mixture is smooth.
  • 5 Add mixture to pasta; toss to coat evenly. Stir in reserved peas. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve warm or chilled.
Tips  

Add chopped cooked chicken breast to this dish to boost the protein.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
570
(
Calories from Fat
210
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
23g
35%
(
Saturated Fat
4 1/2g
22%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Sodium
290mg
12%
Potassium
210mg
6%
Total Carbohydrate
73g
24%
(
Dietary Fiber
6g
25%
,
Sugars
4g
)
Protein
17g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%
20%
Vitamin C
4%
4%
Calcium
15%
15%
Iron
25%
25%
Exchanges:
5 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 4 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
5
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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