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Gluten-Free Fusilli with Pumpkin Seed and Spinach Pesto

Brown rice fusilli can be a fantastic, whole-grain and gluten-free substitute for traditional pasta, especially when bearing the right sauce, like this remarkably tasty pumpkin seed and spinach pesto.

Ready in: Level: Easy
Prep: Cook: Yields: 6 Servings


  • 1/2 lb of brown rice gluten-free fusilli (cook according to package instructions)

  • 3 T olive oil

  • 2 c unsalted hulled green pumpkin seeds

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • 1/2 c grated Parmesan + extra for garnish

  • 1 c spinach (cleaned and coarsely cut)

  • 4 scallions (chopped)

  • 3 T lemon juice

  • 1 c Stonyfield Organic Whole Milk Plain Yogurt

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Calories: 600, Calories from Fat: 350, Total Fat: 39g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 210mg, Total Carbohydrate: 43g, Dietary Fiber: 3g, Sugars: 3g, Protein: 20g, Vitamin A: 15%, Vitamin C: 15%, Calcium: 15%, Iron: 30%


Step 1

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a heavy sauté pan over moderate heat. Add pumpkin seeds, salt and pepper. Stir constantly for about 4 minutes. Add garlic and stir for another minute. Transfer to a plate.

Step 2

In a food processor add the seed mixture, parmesan, spinach, scallions and remaining oil and blend. Transfer this mixture to a bowl and add lemon juice, yogurt, and salt and pepper to taste.

Step 3

Toss cooked pasta with yogurt mixture and then plate. Garnish with parmesan.