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A bowl of pasta with green sauce and basil.
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Super Green Pasta

A very green pasta, with a couple of options for a speedy green pasta sauce featuring a mix of basil, leafy greens, and zucchini. Dinner is ready in the time it takes pasta to cook!
Course Mains
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 215kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 30 grams fresh basil
  • 30 grams greens (spinach, rucola, chard, etc.)
  • Zest of a lemon
  • Juice of a lemon ~3 tablespoons
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon hot pepper flakes optional
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon olive oil divided
  • 200 grams pasta
  • 60 ml pasta water

Instructions

  • Start by setting a large pot of water on to boil for the pasta (see note).
  • While the water is heating up, cook the zucchini. Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat. Cut the zucchini into small pieces, about 2cm (3/4 inch).
  • Add a teaspoon of olive oil to the hot pan, then add the zucchini. Cook for about five minutes, stirring frequently, until lightly browned.
  • While the zucchini is cooking, add the basil, greens, lemon zest and juice, salt, pepper, and hot pepper to a container to blend (either a small food processor or one for an immersion blender).
  • If the water for the pasta boils in the meantime, salt it well and add the pasta to begin cooking it.
  • As soon as the zucchini is cooked, add it to the container with the basil and blend until fairly smooth. Add the remaining two tablespoons of olive oil, while blending, until a homogenous sauce forms. Set this aside.
  • Once the pasta is cooked, make sure to reserve the cooking water before draining it.
  • Add the drained pasta back to the pot with the reserved cooking water and the basil zucchini sauce. Stir to coat the pasta, and serve immediately.

Notes

• If the idea of cooking and mixing things simultaneously stresses you out, make the sauce before starting on cooking the pasta. It can sit for a few minutes while the pasta cooks.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 819mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g