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Pasta with Edamame Pesto

Edamame pesto is a fresh, delicious way to eat these healthy beans
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 312
Author: Vaishali

Ingredients

  • 1 cup edamame (shelled), microwaved for a couple of minutes with a few tablespoons of water until just tender.
  • 1/2 cup watercress , chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic , chopped
  • 1 cup tofu
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds , powdered
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup capers , drained
  • 1 cup walnuts , toasted lightly and chopped coarsely
  • 13.5 oz penne (I used whole-wheat, although this would work as well with regular pasta)

Instructions

  • Salt the pasta water and cook the pasta per package directions until al dente.
  • To a food processor, add the edamame, tofu, garlic, watercress, cumin powder and red pepper flakes. Add salt to taste.
  • With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil until the pesto comes together in a smooth, creamy sauce with a lovely pale green color.
  • Remove the cooked pasta to a bowl and add the pesto sauce, capers and walnuts.
  • Toss to coat the pasta evenly with the sauce.
  • You can also add some pre-roasted veggies like bell peppers and zucchini or even some sliced avocados for a delicious and healthy meal in minutes!

Nutrition

Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 131mg | Potassium: 228mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1.9mg