Protein Packed Edamame Pesto Pasta

Protein Packed Edamame Pesto PastaI love justifying pasta when it’s packed with nutrients I need! Mac and Cheese from a box; difficult to justify. This Protein Packed Edamame Pesto Pasta; might as well be a salad. 🙂

For real though, I’m not afraid of pasta. I tend to stick to brown rice, quinoa or chickpea pasta because it’s much healthier. Then I always make sure there’s either some veggies thrown in there, or I am using a healthy vegetable based sauce.

If I’m looking for serious protein, I make this edamame pesto and then top my pasta dish with hemp seeds. Not only does it taste delicious, but it’s a great meat-free, dairy-free dinner option!

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Protein Packed Edamame Pesto Pasta
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of shelled edamame (defrost if frozen)
  2. 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
  3. 2 cups of shredded basil leaves
  4. 1/4 cup of olive oil
  5. juice from 1/2 lemon
  6. 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  7. few dashes of pepper
  8. chickpea pasta (or pasta of choice)
  9. hemp seeds
Instructions
  1. in a medium pot, bring salted water to a boil.
  2. while the water is boiling, add the edamame, garlic, basil leaves, olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt and pepper to a food processor and process until fairly smooth (it won't get perfectly smooth)
  3. cook pasta according to package directions
  4. drain and mix in pesto
  5. top with hemp seeds for additional protein
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