Veggie Pesto Pasta

Hey guys! Hope you are having a great weekend! Yesterday I went veggie crazy at the farmer’s market, per usual. I concocted this veggie pesto pasta using all my farm fresh ingredients. You could throw in some grilled chicken or sauteed shrimp in at the end. Pasta Perfection!

Veggie Pesto Pasta

Pesto- There is nothing like a summer fresh homemade pesto! Original pesto has basil, pine nuts, garlic, and parmesan mixed with olive oil. I like to play around with my pesto, so here is how I made it this time.

In my food processor, I mixed together the following things…
2 cups packed greens- 2 good handfuls of mixed greens I got from the market; spinach, arugula, romaine, and kale.
3 cloves fresh garlic, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup sliced almonds
3/4 cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

Veggie Pasta

I sauteed a chopped onion, a handful of cherry tomatoes, 1 sliced squash, sliced sweet peppers (1/3 each of red,yellow,green), and 1 sliced jalapeno. I added 1/2 box of bow tie pasta (use whatever kind of pasta you have/like) to the veggies. Save some pasta water. Add a few tablespoons of your pesto. Add in a bit of pasta water. Mix well.

With all those beautiful colors and flavors, this pasta looks and tastes just like summer!

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