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Penne Pesto with Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella

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What’s better than pasta? Especially when tossed with fresh mozzarella, sweet cherry tomatoes and incredible fresh basil pesto made with fruity olive oil? This is a fabulous meal, ready in a flash and loaded with amazing flavor. Adding spinach to the pesto is a great way to add more nutrients.
Penne Pesto with Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella Recipe | SideChef
What’s better than pasta? Especially when tossed with fresh mozzarella, sweet cherry tomatoes and incredible fresh basil pesto made with fruity olive oil? This is a fabulous meal, ready in a flash and loaded with amazing flavor. Adding spinach to the pesto is a great way to add more nutrients.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
2
Serves 2
1/2 cup
2 Tbsp
Pine Nuts
2 cups
Penne Pasta
4 cloves
1/2 cup
1 cup
Cherry Tomatoes
3 3/4 cups
Fresh Baby Spinach
1/2 cup
1 Tbsp

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Nutrition Per Serving

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CALORIES
1264
FAT
78.9 g
PROTEIN
39.1 g
CARBS
101.6 g

Cooking Instructions

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Step 1
Bring eight cups of water and Salt (1/2 Tbsp) to a boil in a large saucepan with a lid over high heat.
Step 2
Meanwhile, juice Lemon (1) into a small bowl. Remove the seeds and set aside. Pick Fresh Basil (1/2 cup) leaves from stems and discard stems. Set leaves aside. Slice the Cherry Tomatoes (1 cup) in half lengthwise.
Step 3
To create the pesto, pour Olive Oil (1/2 cup) , Fresh Baby Spinach (3 3/4 cups) , basil, Pine Nuts (2 Tbsp) , Garlic (4 cloves) , and lemon juice into the bowl of a food processor.
Step 4
Add half of the Parmesan Cheese (1/4 cup) , along with Salt (1/2 tsp) and Ground Black Pepper (1/4 tsp) . Process until smooth.
Step 5
When water reaches a boil, add Penne Pasta (2 cups) and stir. Cook for 11 minutes, or until desired texture. Drain pasta into a colander and then return to the large pot, placed over medium low heat.
Step 6
Toss the pasta evenly with the pesto.
Step 7
Add the red cherry tomatoes, and the Fresh Mozzarella Cheese Ball (2/3 cup) . Gently toss until well coated and cheese is warm but do not over melt. Remove from heat.
Step 8
Place the pasta in the center of two plates with an even distribution of tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan Cheese (1/4 cup) .
Step 9
Serve and enjoy!
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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
1264
% Daily Value*
Fat
78.9 g
101%
Saturated Fat
19.3 g
97%
Trans Fat
0.0 g
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Cholesterol
53.3 mg
18%
Carbohydrates
101.6 g
37%
Fiber
8.0 g
29%
Sugars
6.9 g
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Protein
39.1 g
78%
Sodium
3452.4 mg
150%
Vitamin D
0.1 µg
0%
Calcium
588.5 mg
45%
Iron
6.8 mg
38%
Potassium
690.2 mg
15%
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