Penne with Creamy Pesto Sauce Recipe

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Penne with Creamy Pesto Sauce
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  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a boil. Stir in penne and return to a boil. Cook pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but still slightly firm, about 11 minutes; drain.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and cook and stir broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms, onion, garlic, and 1/2 cup pine nuts until the broccoli and asparagus are tender, about 8 minutes. Season with salt to taste.
  3. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat and stir in flour and 1 teaspoon salt until smooth. Slowly whisk in milk until thoroughly combined, bring to a simmer, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer sauce, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 3 minutes.
  4. Remove sauce from heat and whisk in prepared pesto. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  5. Pour pesto sauce into skillet with broccoli mixture; gently stir in penne pasta until thoroughly combined. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon pine nuts to serve.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 358.82 Kcal (1502 kJ)
Calories from fat 268.99 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29.89g 46%
Cholesterol 12.7mg 4%
Sodium 484.26mg 20%
Potassium 538.03mg 11%
Total Carbs 15.74g 5%
Sugars 6.89g 28%
Dietary Fiber 4.45g 18%
Protein 10.48g 21%
Vitamin C 55mg 92%
Vitamin A 0.9mg 31%
Iron 61.5mg 342%
Calcium 228.1mg 23%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 153.52 Kcal (643 kJ)
Calories from fat 115.09 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12.79g 46%
Cholesterol 5.43mg 4%
Sodium 207.19mg 20%
Potassium 230.19mg 11%
Total Carbs 6.73g 5%
Sugars 2.95g 28%
Dietary Fiber 1.9g 18%
Protein 4.48g 21%
Vitamin C 23.5mg 92%
Vitamin A 0.4mg 31%
Iron 26.3mg 342%
Calcium 97.6mg 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 8.9
  • 10

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

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