Barilla® ProteinPLUS® Penne

Gorgeously Green Spring Pasta



Ingredients for 7 people
  • 1 box Barilla® ProteinPLUS® Penne
  • 3/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs (or panko)
  • 2 lemons zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 3 tablespoons 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 tablespoon fresh basil julienned


  1. 1
    Pre-heat oven to 400 ˚F
  2. 2
    Toast walnuts in oven for 5-8 minutes until the walnuts are lightly toasted
  3. 3
    In a food processor, pulse together bread crumbs, walnuts and zest from 1 lemon
  4. 4
    Pour into a medium dish and toss with parsley and a pinch of salt
  5. 5
    Set aside
  6. 6
    Prepare pasta according to package directions
  7. 7
    Drain reserving 1 cup of the cooking water
  8. 8
    While pasta is cooking, pour olive oil into a large sauté pan
  9. 9
    Add leeks and asparagus, and saute over medium heat for about 4 minutes until they start to soften
  10. 10
    Add peas and zucchini, salt and pepper; SAUTE another 5 minutes until all of the vegetables are slightly softened
  11. 11
    Add zest of second lemon and reserved cooking water and STIR gently until combined
  12. 12
    Drain pasta when it is al dente and return to cooking pot
  13. 13
    Add vegetables to pasta and toss to combine
  14. 14
    Gently stir in mint and basil
  15. 15
    Taste and adjust seasoning if needed
  16. 16
    Serve and top with 2 tablespoons of the walnut mixture

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