Penne with Creamy Walnut Sauce

Total Time
30mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

Quick, simple, creamy, and delicious! Serve with sliced tomatoes with balsamic vinegar and broiled zucchini with herbs for an unforgettable meal!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Bring a large covered pot of water to a rapid boil.
  2. While the water heats, wash the spinach and transfer it to a separate large pot.
  3. The water clinging to the leaves should provide enough moisture to steam it.
  4. Cover and cook the spinach on medium-high heat for about 4 minutes, until wilted but still bright green.
  5. Drain.
  6. In a food processor or blender, combine the spinach, walnuts, cottage cheese, garlic, Parmesan, basil, and salt and puree until smooth, working in batches if necessary.
  7. Add pepper to taste and set aside.
  8. When the water boils, stir in the pasta, cover, and return to a boil.
  9. Then uncover the pot and cook until the pasta is al dente, about 7 minutes.
  10. While the pasta cooks, cut the broccoli into spears, blanch it in boiling water to cover until just tender, about 5 minutes, and set it aside.
  11. Drain the pasta and serve immediately in individual warmed bowls, topped with spinach-walnut sauce and several steamed broccoli spears.
  12. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese, if you wish.
  13. Enjoy!

Reviews

(2)
Most Helpful

This was easy to make in the blender. If you like to taste the walnuts, I would recommend adding after the blender. I reduced the spinach, bcz I didn't realize it would all be blended in (kids!) I used 1 T dried basil. It didn't say to warm the blender mixture, so I poured it into a pan and warmed with some cooked, chopped chicken. It was very good. We had the broccoli on the side.

WI Cheesehead April 15, 2007

this was wonderful, and easy to prepare. i used ricotta cheese, and omitted the broccoli.very nice sauce

chia December 09, 2002

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