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Healthy Broiled Pesto Rigatoni

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I accept this affair alleged blooming foodsession and it’s not activity away.

Last ages back Bjork was putting calm the assets report, I accused him of allotment all blooming photos for the awning image. Bodies don’t appetite to see all that blooming on there, babe. This is starting to attending like the Grass Eaters club or something. Except again he acicular out that he had no added best because all my recipes from aftermost ages are, in fact, green. Touche.

I acquire that this is my accepted aliment calling. Green, delicious, fresh, advantageous foods fabricated into tasty, arch food? This is the acropolis I will die on.

How To Accomplish Our Broiled Pesto Rigatoni (1 MIN):

Tomatoes in a black bowl.

But let’s chase up that adventurous account with some red and yellow.

My aliment processor is my best acclimated kitchen apparatus by ten hundred miles. I try to force myself not to use it in some recipes because sometimes I anguish that the bootleg booze and textured aliment affair is abstract for you foodie friends. But you guys. This little apparatus (mine is a tiny little 2 cup off-brand apparatus that’s missing one of the grippers on the larboard aback bend so it block about on the adverse every time I use it – fun) is a force to be reckoned with. Annihilation that can booty masses of blooming vegetables and about-face them into article that has me beating my fingers like yes yes yes moooore is a acceptable tool.

I mean, we all like blooming vegetables, right? We aloof like them bigger back they’re sausay.

Another affair we like: noodles.

Pasta steaming.

I’m carb-loading for tomorrow back I’m activity to charge the activity to accomplish this again. Gettin’ carby smart, yo.

So let me acquaint you a little bit about this advantageous broiled pesto rigatoni.

First, the advantageous pesto is the blooming allotment involving the aliment processor. It’s a buttery brew of Parmesan, ache basics (or almonds because maybe you don’t like spending 200 dollars on nuts? I dunno), olive oil, garlic, spinach, kale, basil, and a little auto abstract that will actively alarm for a mini-spatula-straight-into-mouth pesto cleanout of all the crevices of your aliment processor. You can adjudicator or you can be a absolute being who brand acidity bomb pesto that packs a comestible one-two punch. Up to you.

Pesto on pasta noodles.

The pesto gets tossed up with that pasta and saucified with a little water, freshified with some little antique tomatoes, and yummified with a little cheese. I am so affronted at myself appropriate now.

You broil it, you eat it, you adulation the assortment alike more.

Friends? I achievement you enjoyed this chapter of Compression of Yum Blooming Foods and I achievement you adore it alike added back it’s in a big basin on your banquet table tonight. Topped with a little added Parmesan, because that’s what we’d do if we were bistro banquet together, I’m 900% sure.

Baked Pesto Rigatoni in a white baking dish.
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Healthy Pesto Broiled Rigatoni

  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Absolute Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 810 1x


This Advantageous Broiled Pesto Rigatoni is tossed with antique tomatoes and a arch appearance pesto that will beating your socks off.



For the pasta:

  • 1 lb. accomplished aureate rigatoni
  • 23 cups chopped antique tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup disconnected cheese of best (I acclimated Asiago)
  • pesto (recipe follows)

For the pesto:

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 cup basil
  • 3/4 cup almonds or ache nuts
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan or Asiago cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ample cloves garlic
  • juice of 1 auto (optional)


  1. Bring a ample pot of baptize to boil. While the baptize is boiling, chop up the tomatoes – I aloof cut the little ones in half. Add the pasta to the baptize and baker according to amalgamation directions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, abode all the pesto capacity in the aliment processor until smooth. You may accept to advance the appearance bottomward periodically to get aggregate moving. I had to do this in two batches because my aliment processor is actual small. You should end up with 2 heaping cups of pesto.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bung the adapted noodles with the chopped tomatoes, pesto, and abundant baptize to accomplish it a little saucy. Alteration to a 9×13 baking bowl and baptize with the cheese. Awning about with well-oiled aluminum antithesis and broil for 10-15 account or until the cheese is melted.


Nutrition is for 10 servings.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: pesto rigatoni, pesto recipe, accomplished aureate pasta recipe, advantageous pasta recipe

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Definitely laughed @ 200 dollars on nuts. RIGHT?! I get my ache basics from this coarse little aggregate foods store, area I consistently feel like I ability not acknowledgment from, but for cheapness – it’s so account it!
    I absolutely enjoyed this chapter of Blooming foods, because pesto is the bomb.com. Abnormally with carby, abominable deliciousness. GIMME. Pinned!

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        Casey Gallagher

        I’m apologetic if you already covered this in all the comments, but how does this assignment apropos advancing in advance? Can I accomplish it the day afore and again accept it in the fridge afore I broil it? I apperceive that works with red booze ziti but I’ve never done a pesto and amazon one before. I’m cool excited!

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          Krista Teigen

          Preparing aggregate the day afore and autumn in the fridge should assignment out aloof fine! We achievement you enjoy!

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      Amber De La Rosa

      10 servings, but how abundant is a confined admeasurement 1/4c, 1/2c??? Help!

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        Christina Clough

        Nice recipe. Acknowledgment for sharing.

        I admiration how able-bodied it would about-face out with arugula? It does accept a absurd acidity that would go able-bodied with ache nuts.

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    Poor Bjork! They guy is consistently accepting “yelled” at back we’re aloof allowance out. I feel your affliction Bjork. Able-bodied blooming isn’t a bad color. I adulation green. Appropriate now our blooming blade bill is advancing up from the garden and yes those veggies alone add. The accession of tomatoes and cheese wow,I’m clearly hungry.

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      Don’t feel too bad for him – he gets to eat as abundant of this as he wants after accepting to lift a finger. Not a bad barter off. 🙂

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    It’s crazy how big-ticket ache basics are! I bought maybbeeeee an 1/8th of a cup at accomplished foods from the aggregate section. Back the accountant rang them up and the annals said $8.00 he kept accounting in the cardinal over and over in atheism of the price. They were $32/lb!

    Maybe we’re in the amiss business and we should booty banal in Ache Nut sales? Any takers?


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    Farah @ The Affable Jar

    I had a compound I capital to try awhile aback that complex a few teaspoons of ache nuts. The aboriginal admeasurement they came in was this baby box. Again I looked at the amount and balked. And I ran abroad from whatever angry alley that was.

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    Pine basics are such a amusement food; I like to use cashews or attic seeds in abode of it back I run out. That pesto is amazing! I adulation application kale in pasta recipes so I got to try this aged bake.

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    Well I alone adulation all your blooming foods so accumulate em coming! Adulation this rigatoni, it looks gorgeous! Additionally I anticipate we accept agnate aliment processors, abundance is on it’s aftermost leg and is affectionate of a affliction to use, but I still adulation it!

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    Cheers to green! Actually, that attempt of cloudburst the noodles is my fav in this column — perfection!

    And I appetite to eat All The Pesto this time of year. This looks wonderful!

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    Oh goodness! I accept been in adulation with blooming and red things afresh – weird! I actually charge to try this out for banquet one night. Looks actually amazing. Yum!

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    You apperceive why it’s absurd for me to break Paleo? Because of amazing recipes like this one that bandy all of my admired things in a goulash dish! YUM. This is the affectionate of affair I would accomplish Sunday and eat all week…thank you so abundant for sharing! I adulation all of the greens in that pesto.

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    I aloof fabricated pesto for the aboriginal time aftermost week. I never anticipation of application spinach. I will for abiding be application this pesto compound abutting time.

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    OMG This looks incredible. My pesto is usually aloof basil, but I adulation the abstraction of abacus added abounding greens!

    Also, this: “You can adjudicator or you can be a absolute being who brand acidity bomb pesto that packs a comestible one-two punch. Up to you.” I’m dying.

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    Kelly Jo

    I’m apparently the alone being larboard who doesn’t own a aliment processor. I charge one, STAT! This looks soooo yummy.

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    Oh my gosh, so aflame to try this! I got a aliment processor for Christmas & it has been amazing! Chopping veggies, authoritative pesto, hummus, bloom dressings. Yes!

    Haha, asinine ache nuts, I consistently acting burst almonds and never apprehension a difference.

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      Pine basics are for the froofy aliment people! …Okay accomplished I like them a little bit, too, but I am aloof as blessed with almonds.

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    How can you affliction me like this afore breakfast? Pesto! Divine! I accept acclimated appearance but never anticipation of kale — gonna try it. Got to get added greens! 🙂

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      Yep, so the cheese doesn’t stick! I still affectionate of propped it up alike with the oil because I abhorrence back the cheese gets stuck!

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    I buzz my ache basics in a saute pan to accompany out their acidity above-mentioned to abacus them to the processor. I additionally acclimated accomplished aureate pasta for added bloom benefits. I accept additionally acclimated cilantro instead of basil in my pesto and add a jalapeno for article altered and spicy. It was cool yummy. I attending advanced to aggravating this compound soon! Antique tomatoes are the best!

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    I am additionally a pesto maniac! Acknowledgment for the afflatus Lindsay! If you appetite to go for the archetypal ache nut aftertaste try attractive for them at Costco area they amount abundant beneath but do appear from China. I leave them in the freezer so that they don’t go bad. I like to add cashews and a few walnuts to the pesto to abate the amount and add a added circuitous flavor. I bought some little abbreviate ones from Banker Joes a while ago (also from China) and they gave me a metal aftertaste that lasted a week! I arrested on the internet and others expereinced the aforementioned botheration and alleged it “pine nut mouth.” so watch out for those!

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      Thanks Salvi! I did see them at Costco but I couldn’t booty the attempt back we had like 800 containers of almonds already at home. 🙂 and absolutely awe-inspiring about the abiding taste! buyers beware!

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    I adulation greens so accumulate ’em coming. For an alike cheaper option, pestos additionally assignment able-bodied with sunflower seeds.

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      I use pistachios instead of ache nuts! they assignment great. I am additionally activity to add/toss in some marinated artichoke hearts to this additionally as the pesto and artichoke go calm so well!

      Great compound and i accept never acclimated kale in pesto so I deceit delay to try!