{RECIPE} Pumpkin Pesto Pasta

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Throughout the month of April I will be sharing some healthy, quick and easy recipe’s for the whole family. Healthy, quick and easy recipe’s are perfect for the busy working mum and it is great to have a few go-to recipes for when you need to master dinner time after the day from hell.

This recipe comes to you from Chelsea at The Nutritional Mama.

Chelsea says “This Pumpkin Pesto Pasta is one of my old favourites, it’s a dish that I used to cook with my old housemates that I lived with before I moved in with the husband (then boyfriend). Back then we were all working part-time, some of us were studying and we were all on a tight budget. Creating delicious and healthy budget-friendly meals were something we were always experimenting with and that’s how the recipe for this pasta was born”.

Pumpkin Pesto Pasta


For the Pesto
  1. 1/4 cup macadamias (cashews also work well)
  2. 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 1 cup firmly packed basil leaves
  4. 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  5. 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  6. 3 cloves garlic, minced
For the Pasta
  1. 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  2. 500g butternut pumpkin, cut into 1cm cubes
  3. 100g semi-dried tomatoes
  4. 400g pasta of your choice
  5. 100g feta


For the Pesto
  1. Place the macadamias in a food processor or blender and pulse until roughly chopped. Remove and place aside.
  2. Place the remaining ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Add nuts and process until just combined. Pour into a bowl and set aside.
For the Pasta
  1. Place pasta in a pot of boiling salted water and cook until al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large pan on medium heat. Add pumpkin and sauté for 5 mins, stirring regularly. Cover and continue to cook for another 5 mins or until pumpkin has softened.
  3. Add tomatoes and pasta to pan and pour over pesto and toss until pasta is evenly coated.
  4. Crumble over feta and serve.

Serves 4.

By www.thenutritionmama.com.au

new headshotAbout Chelsea

Chelsea Brown is a university qualified nutritionist who is passionate about family health and nutrition. She blogs over at The Nutrition Mama where her mission is to share her knowledge of nutrition and her passion for cooking with women all over the world. She focuses on developing healthy, budget-friendly recipes that are suitable for the whole family in an effort to show other mamas that preparing healthy food for their  families isn’t as difficult as they may think.

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