Basil Pesto Pasta

Basil Pesto Pasta on a plate

Basil Pesto Pasta

Basic homemade pesto combines with Loprofin Spaghetti and vegetables to create a savory, salty dinner dish. This dish is a good option for individuals with a higher daily protein allowance.


Category Main Course
Makes2 servings



  • cup (36 g) fresh basil leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Main Dish

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 4 oz (113 g) Loprofin Spaghetti
  • 6 spears (96 g) asparagus, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup (71 g) broccoli florets
  • 6 sundried tomatoes (18 g), packed in oil, drained and chopped
  • ½ cup (74 g) black olives, halved
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup (30 g) vegan parmesan cheese*†
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar


  • To make the pesto, combine basil, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper into a food processor and blend until smooth. Set aside. For a thinner consistency, add more olive oil. 
  • Cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions. Reserve ½ cup of cooking liquid before draining and set aside.
  • Steam the asparagus and broccoli until fork tender and set aside.
  • In a pan, gently heat the pesto sauce. Add spaghetti and mix well. Add sundried tomatoes and olives into the pesto and spaghetti and mix well. Add the asparagus and broccoli.
  • Top with vegan parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar. Garnish with basil if desired. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Per Serving

Serving size: ~2 cups
Calories: 475
Protein: 4.2 g
Phenylalanine: 130 mg
Leucine: 204 mg
Tyrosine: 82 mg

Nutrition Per Recipe

Makes: 2 servings
Calories: 950
Protein: 8.4 g
Phenylalanine: 260 mg
Leucine: 408 mg
Tyrosine: 164 mg

Nutricia’s Loprofin Spaghetti is a medical food for the dietary management of inherited metabolic disorders and other medical conditions requiring a low protein diet. Must be used under medical supervision.

*Calories and protein may vary by product. Be sure to check the nutrition label.

†LEU and TYR content not available for vegan parmesan cheese; the amino acids in this ingredient are not included in the nutrient analysis.

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