Nina's Best Citrus Pesto Spaghetti Recipe -
Nina's Best Citrus Pesto Spaghetti Recipe
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Nina's Best Citrus Pesto Spaghetti

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"A mixed blend of nuts and cheese with orange zest and basil makes a fabulous pesto sauce to toss with Barilla Whole Grain Spaghetti."

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  1. Cook pasta according to directions.
  2. Meanwhile process all the ingredients except basil and oil in a blender.
  3. Add oil; process for 30 seconds.
  4. Drain pasta; toss with pesto and basil.
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Apr 26, 2014

This recipe was really good and easy as you do not have to cook the sauce. I used Barilla Plus penne because I did not have whole grain spaghetti: the result was delicious. I love the fresheness that the orange zest brings to the nuts pesto. On my second portion I added a spoon of ricotta cheese and this made the pesto creamier!!

Jun 15, 2015

My family disliked the competing flavor of oranges vs nuts. It did smell good but the taste not so much.


5 Ratings

Aug 10, 2014

I liked this and many of my guests liked it.

Jul 31, 2014

This nut pesto was just interesting enough that I had to try it and boy am I glad I did. I just love the refreshing flavors of this sauce! I make basil pesto all the time and it's a very strong sauce. This pesto is more delicate summer version. The orange is very mild in this, but adds a touch of sweetness to the nuts. I upped the garlic as always, but that's personal taste. If you're a salt lover like me, you'll want to toss some of that in too. Thank you, Barilla, for posting!!!

Jul 22, 2014

Great tasting dish! Love the whole grains! Sauce was super easy to make. This was good cold as well.


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  • Calories
  • 389 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 47.5 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 4 mg
  • 1%
  • Fat
  • 18.5 g
  • 28%
  • Fiber
  • 7.1 g
  • 28%
  • Protein
  • 10.2 g
  • 20%
  • Sodium
  • 72 mg
  • 3%

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

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