12WBT Basil & Walnut Pesto Spaghetti

Nutrition // Leila Nemra // 15 October 2015

Do you ever find yourself craving pasta, but never feel like there is a healthy option?

That’s not the case with this nutritious 12WBT Basil & Walnut Pesto Spaghetti with Roast Tomatoes and Pumpkin. You can use either a Thermomix or a food processor. 

This quick and easy dish is jam-packed with flavour and is a crowd pleaser, and at only 355 calories per serve, you’ll love this guilt-free dish.

Ingredients
Serves 2

  • 200g pumpkin, cut into 2cm cubes
  • 125g cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cups basil leaves (80g)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 15g walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 20g
  • 25g grated parmesan
  • 100g spaghetti

Method

1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Place pumpkin and tomatoes in a roasting pan. Roast for 25-30 minutes or until tender.
2. Grate cheese in TM bowl on speed 9, for 10 seconds. Remove and set aside.
3. Add the basil, garlic, walnuts and juice. Mix on speed 7, for 5-10 seconds. Check the consistency and either go longer or higher if you like yours more chopped up. Stir through half the parmesan.
4. Cook spaghetti in a large saucepan of boiling water following packet directions. Drain and return to pan.
5. Roughly squash tomatoes using the back of a spoon. Add tomatoes, pumpkin and pesto to spaghetti. Season with freshly ground black pepper and toss to combine.
6. Divide pasta between bowls and top with remaining parmesan to serve.
23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Jen C Reply

    would 100 degrees be hot enough to roast pumpkin? I would usually roast at 200 for that length of time.

    1. Leila Nemra Reply

      Hi Jen – Oops you are right, we have made a mistake here. It should definitely be 200 degrees and not 100 for roasting pumpkin in the oven.

      Again thanks for this, we really appreciate it! :)

      All the best,
      Leila
      12WBT Support Crew

  2. Winnie Reply

    Is the recipe for 1 serve or 2?

    1. Leila Nemra Reply

      Hi Winnie – The recipe serves 2 people. Apologies for not making that clear – I have fixed this issue. Enjoy!

      All the best,
      Leila
      12WBT Support Crew

  3. Belinda Reply

    For a Thermomix recipe, why would you cook spaghetti on a stovetop when it can be done in the Thermie?

    1. Leila Nemra Reply

      Hi Belinda – We’ve used the stove top for the pasta to save time – using the Thermomix to make the pesto while the pasta is cooking. Of course, you are more than welcome to cook the pasta in the Thermomix – whatever works best for you. :)

      All the best,
      Leila
      12WBT Support Crew

  4. JAN SMITH Reply

    How many servings does this make? Sounds yummy.

    1. Leila Nemra Reply

      Hi Jan – This dish serves 2 people. Apologies for not making that clearer, I’ve fixed this now. Enjoy! :)

      All the best,
      Leila
      12WBT Support Crew

  5. Torben Reply

    Hi. Love this. If I don’t have parmesan, can I use a low fat tasty cheese instead. Regards Torben

    1. Leila Nemra Reply

      Hi Torben – Yes, of course. Some low fat cheddar would do the trick.

      Enjoy,
      Leila
      12WBT Support Crew

  6. Trish Reply

    I can not eat any grains, so what can I have instead of the spaghetti? The recipes looks delicious!
    Cheers, Trish

    1. Leila Nemra Reply

      Hi Trish – You could whip up some cauliflower rice, serve with sweet potato chips or use it as a topping for some grilled chicken breast. Be a little adventurous and have fun with it. :)

      Leila
      12WBT Support Crew

  7. Geraldine Finnigan Reply

    How many people does this serve?

    1. Leila Nemra Reply

      Hi there Geraldine – this dish serves 2 people. Apologies for not making that clearer.

      All the best,
      Leila
      12WBT Support Crew

  8. Jenny Reply

    Hmm …must try this one. Sounds terrific. Thanks,
    Jenny

  9. Rae Reply

    What is the portion per serve size? As step 6 implies that it is for more than one person. Thx!

    1. Leila Nemra Reply

      Hi Rae – You’re definitely right, this dish serves 2 people. Apologies for not making that clearer, I have fixed this now.

      Thanks for checking.

      All the best,
      Leila
      12WBT Support Crew

  10. Rose Reply

    Hi, just wondering how many serves does this recipe make.

    1. Leila Nemra Reply

      Hi Rose – This dish serves 2 people. Apologies for not making that clearer, I have fixed this. Enjoy!

      All the best,
      Leila
      12WBT Support Crew

  11. Nicole Reply

    Can you advise how many serves this is for? Thanks Nicole

    1. Leila Nemra Reply

      Hi Nicole – The dish serves 2 people. Apologies that was not clearer, this has been fixed now. :)

      All the best,
      Leila
      12WBT Support Crew

  12. Anne Reply

    This recipe isn’t clear at all. How many serves is it? Are the ratios correct because 15g of walnuts = about 4 nuts compared to 2 cups of basil. Sounds like a lot of carbs for not much protein. I assume some parmesan is added to the pesto?

    1. Leila Nemra Reply

      Hi Anne – Thanks for picking up on this. We’re sorry to have caused you any confusion, the recipe is designed to serve 2.

      You are right, the parmesan is added in at Step 3. As you’ll be using half the parmesan at this stage, you can use the remainder as the topping.

      I have fixed this in the recipe so that should all make much more sense.

      Enjoy!
      Leila
      12WBT Support Crew

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