Whole Grain Spaghetti with Almond/Pistachio/Arugula Pesto and Heirloom Tomatoes

Whole Grain Spaghetti with Almond/Pistachio/Arugula Pesto and Heirloom Tomatoes

Another great healthy recipe idea from our friends at the American Culinary Federation. Eat smart, live healthy!



3 lbs. Barilla® whole-grain spaghetti
12 oz. arugula
¾ cup almonds
¾ cup pistachios
3 garlic cloves
1½ cups + 2 T. olive oil
¾ cup grated Parmesan
Salt and pepper, as needed
1½ cups diced heirloom tomatoes
15 fresh basil leaves, julienned


1. Cook pasta for half time indicated on package. Drain; drizzle with olive oil. Place pasta flat on sheet trays or hotel pans; cool in blast chiller or walk-in cooler. Store in zip-close bags or sealed plastic container; refrigerate (use within several hours).

2. In blender in batches, combine arugula, almonds, pistachios and garlic. With blender on, slowly drizzle in 1½ cups olive oil; add Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until needed.

3. In bowl, season tomatoes with basil, 2 T. olive oil, salt and pepper.

4. Per serving: Reheat ¼ cup pesto and 1 cup spaghetti with a little pasta water, if needed. Toss with 1 T. tomatoes. Garnish with additional Parmesan and basil, if desired.


25 servings

Reprinted with permission from the American Culinary Federation and Credit: Lorenzo Boni, Executive Chef, Barilla America
The National Culinary Review, March 2015

Vegetarian Mango Spring Rolls

Vegetarian Mango Spring Rolls

Reposted with permission from the American Culinary Federation, credit to Dave Woolley, Chef, CD Culinary Approach, Denver, Colorado
The National Culinary Review, April 2017


10 spring roll wrappers (wet under hot water 5-10 seconds)
20 thin, fresh, ripe mango slices from peeled, pitted mango
10 oz. cooked brown rice, cold
10 fresh basil leaves
10 fresh cilantro sprigs
10 fresh mint leaves
10 (3-4 inch) green onion pieces, green part only
20 (2-inch long) red pepper, thin julienne
Mango Nuoc Cham (recipe follows)

Mango Nuoc Cham
3 T. sweet chili sauce
½ t. Sriracha
½ t. fish sauce
2 T. fresh mango, pureed
2 t. fresh lime juice
1 t. fine-minced carrot
1 medium garlic clove, fine-minced
½ cup water
Salt, to taste


1. On cutting board, with 2-4 wet spring roll wrappers at a time, put 2 mango slices opposite each other on each roll. Add 2 leaves each basil and cilantro; add 3 mint leaves. Add 1 oz. brown rice; add 3-4 pieces red pepper julienne. Fold sides of wrapper over so each covers half filling; roll into “cigar.”

2. Prepare pre-shift; hold approximately one shift, well-wrapped, refrigerated.

3. Serve with mango nuoc cham dipping sauce.

Mango Nuoc Cham
METHOD: Mix all ingredients together. Let sit 12-24 hours to bloom. Season to taste with salt. Pour into bowl; hold for service.


10 servings

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