Riverford Spaghetti with spinach & walnut pesto

Riverford Spaghetti with spinach & walnut pesto. Quickly and easily prepared. Excellent for using all of those extra little bits lying around the kitchen.

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Riverford Spaghetti with spinach & walnut pesto


A dish that is quickly and easily prepared. Excellent for using up all of those extra little bits lying around the kitchen.

Serves 4

Prep 10 mins

Cook 12 mins



400g wholewheat spaghetti

30g walnut pieces & 20g pine nuts, toasted in a dry frying pan for 1 min

50g fresh basil leaves, plus a few extra for garnishing

2 cloves garlic

¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg

zest of ½ & juice of 1 lemon

200g spinach, tough stalks removed

100g grated parmesan or pecorino

100ml good olive oil



Boil the spaghetti in salted water for 10 mins.

While it is cooking, put the walnuts, pine nuts, basil, garlic, nutmeg, lemon zest and juice, half the spinach and half the parmesan in a food processor.

Blitz, gradually pouring in the oil until it forms a rough paste.

Season to taste.

Roughly chop the rest of the spinach leaves if they’re large.

Drain the cooked pasta, keeping a ladle of the pasta cooking water.

Toss the pasta with the rest of the spinach, the pasta cooking water and enough pesto to coat.

Toss together over a low heat to warm through and wilt the spinach.

Stir in the rest of the parmesan, check the seasoning and serve, garnished with a few basil leaves.


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Original content by Kirsty Hale

Riverford Organic Farms

Edited by Kyle Samuel

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