Alert
Close

Top the Trizzle leaderboard by 5 p.m. Friday to win a $100 gift card! Learn more

Highlights

Close

SEARCH RECIPES

Enter an ingredient, course or keyword and get cooking!

 

AARP Real Possibilities

 

FREE FUN!

AARP Games - Play Now!
Car buying made easy with the AARP Auto Buying Program

Contests and
Sweeps

Safe Driving in 2014 Sweepstakes

Learn how AARP Driver Safety can help you stay safe—and enter for a chance to win $1,000. See official rules. 

most popular
articles

Viewed

Quinoa Spaghetti with Jalapeño and Parsley Pesto

This healthy pasta dish has a little kick to it

Recipe by Dennise Oller - Quinoa Spaghetti with Jalapeño and Parsley Pesto

Quinoa spaghetti with jalapeño and parsley pesto jazzes up the traditional pasta meal. — Marisa Zanganeh

En Español | Yields 4 portions

INGREDIENTS

Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter.

  • 1 bunch basil, leaves only, rinsed well
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • ½ jalapeño, seeded and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds, lightly toasted
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup (4 ounces) Parmesan cheese or Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 (12-ounce) package quinoa spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Extra utensil: A bowl of ice-cold water (enough water to cover the herbs)

DIRECTIONS

1. Boil water in a medium pan. Add basil, parsley, oregano and jalapeño and cook for 10-15 seconds. Remove from heat and immerse in ice-cold water. Drain and pat dry well with paper towel. Set aside 1/3 cup of the water in which the herbs were blanched.

2. Place herbs and jalapeño in a food processor, along with pumpkin seeds, garlic, cheese and the water that was set aside. Mix well and pour into a large bowl. Add olive oil and combine well.

3. Cook pasta as per the package instructions, in boiling water and with a tablespoon of salt. Once cooked, drain well, setting aside a ½ cup of the water in which you cooked the pasta.

4. Add the spaghetti to the pesto sauce and mix well. Add the additional water only if needed. The spaghetti should come out green colored. Serve hot with additional cheese, if desired.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Pepperoni Pizza, Papa Johns Superbowl promotion for AARP members

Members receive 25% off regular price menu items at Papa John's

Outback Steak

Members save 15% Mon-Thurs & during weekend lunch at Outback Steakhouse.

McCormick and Schmicks (McCormick and Schmicks)

Members save 10% every day when dining at McCormick and Schmick's.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.