The first thing I have to say is OH.MY.WORD! I loved this combo. I wanted pesto, had no basil. Had no walnuts. Had no lemon juice. Had no parmesan. Basically I had nothing. But I did have spinach, broccoli, limes, and a few more things. And this was the happy creation. I can now die happy.
Those little happy accidents that sometimes happen in the kitchen are often accompanied by big failures, but I totally encourage you to try, as you may stumble on to something magical.
The pasta I chose took about 8 minutes to cook, and I was able to chop up all my veggies during that time, which meant I had this tasty meal ready to go in under 15 minutes. To cool the pasta, I just ran it under cold water for a minute while I finished blending the sauce.
The pesto makes more than you need for one big bowl of pasta salad, so feel free to set half aside for a hot pasta dinner, or even a dip for fresh veggies. It really is that tasty! Or just cut the recipe in half. I know I should have just done it for you, but it is really so good. Even my baby loved it. Although in the spirit of full disclosure, my 5 year old wouldn’t even touch it. Too green I guess. Though he loves Green Smoothies.