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When it comes to how she works out and what she eats, Kate Hudson loves variety. It's how she keeps things exciting. “I’m an Aries,” she tells Women's Health of her inclination to constantly mix things up and stave off boredom.
There's one recipe she always revisits, though: This Homemade Whole Wheat-Pasta with Pesto from WW. Kate joined the brand as an ambassador as a way to show her kids that what you put in your body matters.
ICYDK, Kate's actually a huge pasta person. “I’m Italian, so any kind of pasta [makes] my DNA just dance around.” She also says she's a big "pesto fan," citing it as a rich source of nutrients. Pesto is typically made with a blend of flavorful ingredients including pines nuts, olive oil, garlic, basil, and more.
But the best part about her fave pasta? She says it’s “easy to make” and fun to do with the whole family. "[The pasta was] the biggest hit with my kids," she tells Women's Health.
The homemade pasta recipe can easily be incorporated into WW's PersonalPoints Program, an eating plan that includes custom-built menus for each member, the ability to earn PersonalPoints for healthy behaviors, and a “smarter” food algorithm (the app can now differentiate between added and natural sugars and unsaturated versus saturated fats).
As for why Hudson is such a fan of the WW program: She loves that it helps her meet her health goals without restriction. “You can live that life of moderation and still lose weight and be very healthy and [it’s] not this daunting exercise of like food jail,” Kate says.
Want to make Kate's fave pasta yourself? First, get your hands on the ingredients below, and then follow the recipe below from WW.
Kate Hudson's Favorite Whole-Wheat Pasta with Pesto
Whole wheat flour ($3.86, amazon.com)
Table salt ($6.99, amazon.com)
3 large eggs ($2.99, amazon.com)
Garlic cloves ($4.99/lb, amazon.com)
Basil ($2.49, amazon.com)
Grated Parmesan cheese ($5.99, amazon.com)
Fat-free reduced sodium vegetable broth ($3.29, instacart.com)
Pine nuts ($14.95, amazon.com)
Extra virgin olive oil ($15.98, amazon.com)
All-purpose flour ($15.00, amazon.com)
1. In medium wide bowl, using fork, stir whole-wheat flour and 1⁄4 tsp salt. Make well in center of flour and pour in eggs. Using fork, gently stir eggs and gradually incorporate flour into eggs until firm dough forms. Turn dough out onto work surface and knead until smooth and no longer sticky, 4 to 5 minutes. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in blender or food processor, place garlic and pulse until finely chopped, about 5 times. Add basil, cheese, broth, nuts, oil, and remaining 3⁄8 tsp salt and blend on high speed until smooth, about 30 seconds.
3. Unwrap dough and divide into 4 equal portions. Working with 1 portion at a time (cover remaining dough to keep it from drying out), roll dough between long sheets of plastic wrap to as thin as possible, adding a little all-purpose flour as needed to prevent sticking. Take your time rolling and peel dough away from plastic wrap occasionally to help it roll out thinner. Roll each portion into roughly 22-by-5-inch oblong. Peel off top sheet of plastic wrap and loosen dough from bottom sheet. Using pizza cutter, cut dough into 1⁄2- to 1-inch-wide strips, then cut in half crosswise. (Or roll out dough using pasta machine, stopping at thickness level of 4 or 5.)
4. Bring large pot of water to boil. Add pasta to pot, a little at a time so strands don’t stick together, and stir gently to separate strands. Cook pasta until al dente, about 5 minutes. Drain pasta and return to pot. Mix in pesto.
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