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  • READY IN 55 mins

Lemon Balm Pesto Spaghetti

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"Lemon balm gives this pesto a fun kick."

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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins
  • READY IN

    55 mins

Directions

  1. Combine the lemon balm, olive oil, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor. Process until combined but still slightly chunky. Reserve.
  2. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the spaghetti, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain well.
  3. Combine the tomatoes, onions, and dried mushrooms in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer, breaking up the tomatoes with the back of a spoon. Cook until the tomato liquid has partially evaporated, about 15 minutes. Stir in the arrowroot, salt, and the prepared lemon balm pesto. Simmer to blend the flavors and thicken the sauce, about 5 minutes.
  4. Serve the lemon balm pesto sauce over the hot cooked spaghetti.
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May 25, 2010

Delicious! Next time I think I will try only using 1 and a 1/2 or 2 onions and maybe add one more can of tomato. All-in-all...a wonderful recipe! Glad to finally find something to make with all the lemon balm from my garden.

 
Jul 15, 2011

Good use of lemon balm. Definitely cut back on onions, 1 is plenty. Saute onions before combining with tomatoes. Shitake's were lost. Try button mushrooms, maybe add zucchini. Color is unattractive, but taste is excellent.

 

7 Ratings

Aug 26, 2010

This was a fantastic recipe. Loved it.

 
Sep 10, 2013

I really enjoyed this. Used the recipe more as a guide. Used whole wheat pasta, chopped 4 fresh tomatoes and just tossed in uncooked. Added black olives, portobello mushrooms. Left out the onion and added capers. Tossed with lots of fresh herbs-oregano and some sweet basil.

 
Jul 24, 2013

This was awesome! Such a great use of our lemon mint. We used this as a base. We sauteed broccoli, red onion, a can of diced tomatoes, chopped up some chicken and added probably twice as much of the lemon basil pesto. We wanted a strong pesto taste. When I did it separately though, I was nicely surprised of how much it tasted like basil pesto. Very good! Thank you for sharing.

 
May 20, 2013

I've had lemon balm propagating like CRAZY in my yard for years! This is so good, I may need more lemon balm.

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 588 kcal
  • 29%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 72.9 g
  • 24%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 29 g
  • 45%
  • Fiber
  • 6.4 g
  • 26%
  • Protein
  • 14 g
  • 28%
  • Sodium
  • 465 mg
  • 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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