Mr. Food: Penne with Parsley Pesto

January 14, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
How can you go wrong with this mouthwatering penne pasta dish that's chock-full of healthy ingredients, including a homemade parsley pesto?! I like to use a whole grain pasta for this one to really make it a good-for-'em dish!

Makes 4 to 6 servings

1 pound uncooked penne pasta
3 cups firmly packed fresh parsley leaves
1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1/3 cup walnuts
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup ready-to-use chicken broth
1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain, rinse, and drain again. Return pasta to cooking pot.

  2. Meanwhile, in a blender or food processor, combine the parsley, yogurt, walnuts, Parmesan cheese, oil, garlic powder, and salt. Blend until thoroughly mixed; pour over pasta.

  3. Add chicken broth and roasted peppers; mix well and warm over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes, or until thoroughly heated.