Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Mint Pesto and Zucchini Ribbons

by Joanne on June 20, 2013

The cooking range is finally installed in my kitchen.  Still no counter tops but a desperate cook can work around that and so I did. 

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Based on a recipe from “Every Day with Rachael Ray”, I was able to use more fresh picked mint from the garden.  This is a vibrant pasta dish with fresh, summer flavors. 

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Even though we are still eating on paper plates, we enjoyed this mint-lemon whole grain pasta dish, knowing it was wholesome and pure because we picked it (well,the mint anyway) ourselves.

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Serves 4 to 6

  • 2 TBS plus 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 small zucchini, cut into ribbons
  • 4 spring onions, whites and green tops chopped
  • 6 tsp minced garlic, separated
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 1/3 cup toasted pistachios and pine nuts mixed or one or the other – what ever you prefer
  • 1/3 cup rated parmigiano reggiano
  • 2 small lemons: 1 lemon zested but both lemons juiced
  • 1 lb whole wheat spaghetti

In a large skillet over medium heat, warm 2 TBS olive oil. 

Add the zucchini and sauté for 8 minutes.  Add the onions and 3 teaspoons of garlic, season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low to keep warm while the pasta cooks.

*Cook the pasta al dente according to package directions – reserving 1 cup of hot pasta water.

In a food processor, add the mint, parsley, 3 teaspoons of the remaining garlic, nuts, cheese, lemon zest and juice and 1/4 cup of olive oil.  Process into a paste to form a pesto.  Season to taste if necessary.

Add the 1 cup of pasta water to the pesto. 

Toss the pasta with the pesto sauce and gently mix in the zucchini and onions.  Serve warm.

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How are you using the mint from your garden?

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  • At 2013.06.21 19:28, CCU said:

    This pasta is totally healthy and absolutely delicious 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • At 2013.06.24 09:16, Ali @ Peaches and Football said:

      I’ve never had pesto before. For some reason, certain green things always seem to bug me. 🙂 However, that creamy pasta really looks wonderful.

      Are you taking lots of pictures of the kitchen progress? You should do a before & after post when it’s all done!

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