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Barilla PLUS® Penne Gorgeously Green Spring Pasta

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Barilla PLUS® Penne Gorgeously Green Spring Pasta
30 minutes


Main course


Ingredients for 7 people

1 box Barilla® PLUS® Penne
3/4 cup walnuts
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs (or panko)
2 lemons zest
2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
3 tabelsppons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium leek thinly sliced
1 bunch asparagus cut into 1 inch pieces (about 1.5 cups)
2 cup fresh spring peas (or frozen)
1 large zucchini julienned
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
2 tablespoon fresh mint julienned
2 tabelspoon fresh basil julienned

Preparation 10 minutes preparation + 20 minutes cooking
1. PREHEAT oven to 400°

2. TOAST walnuts in oven for 5-8 minutes until the walnuts are lightly toasted

3. In a food processor, PULSE together bread crumbs, walnuts and zest from 1 lemon

4. POUR into a medium dish and TOSS with parsley and a pinch of salt

5. SET aside

6. PREPARE Barilla® PLUS® Penne according to package directions

7. DRAIN reserving 1 cup of the cooking water

8. While pasta is cooking, POUR olive oil into a large sauté pan

9. ADD leeks and asparagus, and sauté over medium heat for about 4 minutes until they start to soften

10. ADD peas and zucchini, salt and pepper; SAUTE another 5 minutes until all of the vegetables are slightly softened

11. ADD zest of SECOND lemon and reserved cooking water and STIR gently until combined

12. DRAIN pasta when it's al dente and return to cooking pot

13. ADD vegetables to pasta and TOSS to combine

14. GENTLY stir in mint and basil

15. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed

16. SERVE 1 cup pasta mixture into serving bowls

17. Top with 2 tablespoons of the walnut mixture