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Spinach Basil Pastina (Acini Di Pepe)…so cozy, comes together in one pan in 20 min! Flavors are unreal and the mascarpone on top is 🔥.

Spinach Basil Pastina (Acini Di Pepe)

By Nadia Aidi
Spinach Basil Pastina (Acini Di Pepe)…so cozy, comes together in one pan in 20 min! Flavors are unreal and the mascarpone on top is 🔥.

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup acini di pepe
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 4.5 cups water
  • 2 cups spinach, packed
  • 12 basil leaves
  • Mascarpone to taste
  • 3/4 cup grated parmigiano reggiano, more for topping
  • 1 lemon, zest
  • 2 tbsp cold butter
  • Salt/pepper to taste
  • Olive oil
  • Chives for topping

Directions 

  • Add the water, spinach, basil, garlic, shallot and salt to the blender. Blend until smooth and strain. You’ll have about 4 cups of liquid
  • Add some oil to a pan, and toast the pasta for 2 min until slightly golden on medium high
  • Add spinach basil water one cup at a time. Add a bit of salt/pepper. Should be about 9-12 ish min
  • Simmer until pasta is al dente and there is water left over
  • Add parmigiano and lemon zest. Cook mixing together for 1 more min
  • Mix in butter, add salt and pepper
  • Serve with more parmigiano, mascarpone, chives and black pepper

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Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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