Spinach Walnut Pesto Fusilli

Skill Level
4-6 servings

Use that bag of extra appearance to accomplish this thick, buttery vegan pesto, abnormally adorable on fusilli pasta, because the coils bolt and authority the sauce. This accurate fusilli appearance Kernza®, a wheatlike atom with a nutty, buttery acidity and aberrant ecology benefits: a massive basis arrangement that regenerates alluvium and draws bottomward carbon.


  • 12 oz. fusilli, such as Patagonia Accoutrement Amoebic Kernza® Fusilli
  • ¼ cup broiled chopped walnuts
  • 6 oz. aqueous arctic appearance or 12 oz. beginning spinach
  • ¼ cup anniversary chopped beginning parsley and cautiously disconnected Parmesan cheese
  • 2 ample cloves garlic
  • Zest and abstract of ½ lemon
  • 1 tsp. adequate salt
  • ½ tsp. red chile (coarsely arena or flakes), such as Patagonia Accoutrement Amoebic Aji Molido
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • For topping: added walnuts, parsley, Parmesan and red chile

Putting It All Together

  1. Bring a ample pot of well-salted baptize to boil. Add fusilli and baker until aloof tender, 10-12 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, accomplish the pesto. Put the walnuts in a aliment processor and beating until actual cautiously chopped.
  3. If you’re application aqueous arctic spinach, cesspool it in a colander, acute agilely to get rid of balance baptize (the appearance should still be a little juicy). Add arctic or beginning appearance to walnuts in the aliment processor, forth with parsley, Parmesan, garlic, lemon, alkali and chile. With the processor running, dribble in the olive oil. Accumulate addled the pesto, endlessly generally to scrape the sides, until actual smooth.
  4. Drain pasta, extenuative a beaker of the affable water. Put aback in the pot over low calefaction and activity in affluence of pesto—enough to analogously covering the fusilli and bore bottomward amid the ridges. If the pesto is too thick, dribble in a little pasta baptize to alleviate things up.
  5. To serve, baptize with any or all of the toppings.