Green Pasta Primavera
Tossing cooked pasta with puréed toasted pine nuts and pasta water creates a delicious cheese-like coating for the noodles.
1 | Toast pine nuts in skillet over low heat 5 minutes, or until golden, stirring frequently. Remove pan from heat. Blend 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts in food processor with 2 Tbs. oil, lemon juice, and 1 Tbs. water until smooth. Set aside remaining 3 Tbs. toasted pine nuts.
2 | Heat remaining 2 Tbs. oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, and sauté 1 to 2 minutes, or until golden. Stir in leeks, and season with salt, if desired. Sauté 5 minutes. Add broccoli raab, and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add peas, and cook 2 minutes more. Stir in spinach, and remove from heat.
3 | Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta, reserving 1/3 cup cooking water. Return pasta to pot; stir in sauce and reserved pasta cooking water. Fold in broccoli raab mixture. Serve topped with whole toasted pine nuts.