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Tallarines Verdes (Peruvian Green Spaghetti)

A Peruvian pasta dish consisting of spaghetti tossed with a pesto sauce made of spinach, basil, shallot, queso fresco, and walnuts.

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Tallarines Verdes (Peruvian Green Spaghetti)

Servings: 4
Total Time: 25 minutes
Recipe by: Frankie


1 pound uncooked spaghetti
5 ounces fresh baby spinach
1 cup (about 3/4 ounce) fresh basil leaves
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 shallot, chopped
1/2 cup walnuts
4 ounces queso fresco, cubed
salt & pepper
1/4 cup olive oil


1. Cook the spaghetti according to package directions. Drain the spaghetti reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta water.

2. Add the spinach, basil, garlic, shallot, walnuts, queso fresco, 1/8 tsp salt, and 1/8 tsp pepper to a food processor or blender and blend into a sauce.

3. Transfer the sauce into a large mixing bowl and stir in the olive oil. Season sauce with additional salt & pepper if needed.

4. Add the cooked spaghetti to the bowl and toss with the sauce until all the pasta is coated. Stir in a little bit of the reserved pasta water if needed to reach desired consistency.

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