Homemade pesto may seem daunting, but in this quick pasta recipe you can make a simple sauce in minutes while the pasta water comes to a boil. You can substitute frozen green beans and cauliflower for fresh; in Step 4, cook the frozen vegetables according to package directions before tossing with the pasta and pesto.

Patsy Jamieson
Source: Diabetic Living Magazine, Spring 2019


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  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

  • Place walnuts in a small bowl and microwave on High until fragrant and lightly toasted, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. (Alternatively, toast the walnuts in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.) Transfer to a plate and let cool. Set 1/4 cup aside for topping.

  • Combine the remaining 1/2 cup walnuts, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper in a food processor. Process until the nuts are ground. With the motor running, gradually add oil through the feed tube. Add Parmesan and pulse until mixed in. Scrape the pesto into a large bowl. Add chicken.

  • Meanwhile, cook pasta in the boiling water for 4 minutes. Add green beans and cauliflower; cover and cook until the pasta is al dente (almost tender) and the vegetables are tender, 5 to 7 minutes more. Before draining, scoop out 3/4 cup of the cooking water and stir it into the pesto-chicken mixture to warm it slightly. Drain the pasta and vegetables and add to the pesto-chicken mixture. Toss to coat well. Divide among 4 pasta bowls and top each serving with 1 Tbsp. of the reserved walnuts.

Nutrition Facts

513.7 calories; protein 31.4g 63% DV; carbohydrates 43.4g 14% DV; exchange other carbs 3; dietary fiber 8.6g 34% DV; sugars 4.8g; fat 26.6g 41% DV; saturated fat 4.2g 21% DV; cholesterol 53.9mg 18% DV; vitamin a iu 1736.3IU 35% DV; vitamin c 55mg 92% DV; folate 127.4mcg 32% DV; calcium 156.1mg 16% DV; iron 4.6mg 26% DV; magnesium 138.3mg 49% DV; potassium 816.8mg 23% DV; sodium 556.6mg 22% DV.

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We loved this. I used asparagus instead of green beans and it was delicious. I will definitely be making this again. Read More