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Spicy Moringa Pesto Pasta




3 cups fresh basil

4 Tbsp dry moringa leaves

¼ cup chopped parsley

4 garlic cloves

½ cup olive oil

½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes

½ cup parmesan cheese

½ cup pine nuts

½ cup grape tomatoes

salt and pepper, to taste

whole wheat pasta



  1. In a food processor or blender, mix together the basil, parsley, nuts, garlic, and cheese.
  2. Pour the oil in slowly while still mixing then add the salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, and moringa leaves.
  3. Scrape down the sides and pulse once more. Then place pesto in a sealed container.
  4. Cook pasta as directed, then drain.
  5. Add the moringa pesto to pasta noodles.
  6. Cut grape tomatoes in half and add to the pasta before serving.


Recipe created by:

Maribel Barragan

Fresno State Dietetics Intern with the UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program