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Tasty Italian Pesto Pasta and Gosh! Spinach & Pine Nut Bites Recipe

By Gemma Ogston of Gem’s Wholesome Kitchen in collaboration with Gosh! Food| UPDATED: 11:28, 8 May 2020

This Italian pesto pasta is delicious and super easy to whip up. Made with Gosh! Spinach & Pine Nut Bites, toasted pine nuts and fresh basil leaves

With immune-boosting foods being such a hot topic right now, it can feel overwhelming knowing where to begin with overhauling your diet.

But did you know that making a simple adjustment like upping your daily fibre intake could be all that is needed to make a real difference.

Why Fibre? Why Now?

Your gut microbiota, known in simpler terms as the mass of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microbes living in your intestines, has a huge impact on your immunity. The best way to keep your gut happy is to feed it a regular supply of fibre, which is found in wholegrains, fruits, veggies and other natural foods.

Plant-based food brand Gosh! Food is your one-stop-shop for fibre. Gosh! has collaborated with talented cook and published author Gem’s Wholesome Kitchen on a range of delicious fibre-filled recipes to keep your tummy smiling all throughout lockdown. Each meal contains more than half the NHS’ recommended daily fibre intake of 30g.

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Tasty Italian Pesto Pasta using Gosh! Spinach & Pine Nut Bites

Serves 4

Prep time 5 mins

Cooking Time 15 mins

Ingredients 

  • 1 packet of Gosh! Spinach & Pine Nut Bites

  • 350g of dried pasta of your choice

  • 200g of cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 150g bag of spinach leaves

  • Handful of pine nuts, lightly toasted

  • Handful of fresh basil leaves

For the Pesto

  • 2 cups of packed fresh basil, large stems removed

  • 3 tbsps. of pine nuts or walnuts

  • 3 large garlic cloves, peeled

  • 2 tbsps. of lemon juice

  • 3-4 tbsps. of nutritional yeast

  • ¼ tsp of sea salt (plus more to taste)

  • 2-3 tbsps. of extra virgin olive oil

  • 3-6 tbsps. of water (plus more as needed)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C fan and cook the Gosh! Spinach & Pine Nut Bites for 15 minutes

  2. Boil water in a pan and cook the pasta according to the instructions

  3. Meanwhile to make the pesto, into a food processor or small blender add the basil, nuts, garlic, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and sea salt and blend/mix on high until a loose paste forms

  1. Add olive oil a little at a time, streaming in while the machine is on if possible. Then add 1 tbsp of water at a time until the desired consistency is reached – a thick but pourable sauce. Taste and adjust flavour as needed

  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cooked pasta with the pesto, Gosh! Spinach & Pine Nut Bites, cherry tomatoes and spinach. Mix through until the spinach is wilted and season with salt and pepper to taste

  3. Serve in a bowl with pine nuts and fresh basil

Veggie Hack

Swap the nutritional yeast for 100g grated parmesan and if you’re feeling really decadent, add some more grated cheese to finish.

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