Spring Green Pesto Pasta

As promised, the green recipe bonanza continues today with this spring green pesto pasta! It’s lean, mean and gorgeously green!

Just 35 minutes to get this easy spring green pesto pasta on the table! With a flavorful kale spinach pesto, whole wheat pasta and roasted asparagus and broccoli!

How many more times do you think I can say green? But really. It’s all I am thinking about at the moment. I’ve been trying to get outside and take walks as much as possible to soak up the gorgeous weather here in North Carolina … and apparently all that looking at the green trees and flowers and grass really does something to a person.

As evidenced by the copious amounts of green smoothies, avocado toast, iced matcha lattes and well, this pasta (!) that I’ve been downing. I’m going to turn green here shortly.

But anyway. Enough of my rambling. Let’s get to the dish at hand!

Today we talk an awesome, healthy and quick pasta dish for spring. Because if you are anything like me, then you absolutely do not want to be stuck inside for long periods of time trying to get dinner on the table. We need to be out and about frolicking in that sunshine!

Just 35 minutes to get this easy spring green pesto pasta on the table! With a flavorful kale spinach pesto, whole wheat pasta and roasted asparagus and broccoli!

So, let’s discuss how this jazzy little number goes down.

We start by making a simple pesto with some kale, spinach and walnuts. Meanwhile, we roast up some asparagus and broccoli (hello spring!) and cook up some whole wheat pasta.

Everything gets mixed together in a big ol’ bowl, along with some pasta water to help create a sort of “sauce.” We add in some lemon zest for brightness and some more walnuts for a bit of crunch … and then, we dig in!

I might advise scooping the pasta into serving bowls before enjoying. Otherwise you may realize that you just ate a good portion of dinner before you even sat down at the table couch. No control.

Just 35 minutes to get this easy spring green pesto pasta on the table! With a flavorful kale spinach pesto, whole wheat pasta and roasted asparagus and broccoli!

Tools I Love & Use To Make This Recipe (may contain affiliate links):

  • Cuisinart 4-Cup Mini Food Processor – As much as I absolutely love my full-sized food processor, this little one is a favorite of mine for smaller jobs. I use it to make things like the pesto for this recipe. Makes for easier cleanup when you don’t need the power of the larger food processor (and it doesn’t take up a lot of space in the dishwasher!!).

Yield: about 4 to 5 servings

Spring Green Pesto Pasta

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:20 minutes

Total Time:35 minutes

Just 35 minutes to get this easy spring green pesto pasta on the table! With a flavorful kale spinach pesto, whole wheat pasta and roasted asparagus and broccoli!

Ingredients:

For the pesto:

  • 2 cups lightly packed chopped kale leaves (stems removed)
  • 1 cup lightly packed baby spinach leaves
  • ⅓ cup raw walnuts
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste
  • about ⅓ cup olive oil

For the veggies:

  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 1 pound asparagus, ends trimmed and cut into 2 to 3 inch chunks
  • 3 cups chopped bite-sized broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

For the pasta:

  • 14 ounces whole wheat rigatoni
  • zest of 1 medium lemon
  • ½ cup raw walnuts, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.

For the pesto:

  1. Add the kale, spinach, walnuts, garlic and salt to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. With the food processor running, slowly pour in the olive oil. Process until smooth, scraping down the bowl as needed. If you need to thin out the pesto, add in additional olive oil a little at a time. Set aside.

For the veggies:

  1. Add the red onion, asparagus and broccoli to a large rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil, then sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Toss to combine and spread in an even layer. Bake for about 15 to 18 minutes, stirring once halfway through, until the veggies are tender but still have a slight bit of crunch.

For the pasta:

  1. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add in the pasta and cook until al dente, according to the package directions. Drain, reserving the pasta water, and add to a large bowl. Add in the pesto and mix until well combined. Add in the veggies, the lemon zest and the walnuts and toss again to combine. Add in some of the reserved pasta water to get it to your desired sauciness (I add about ½ cup of the water). Taste and season with additional salt / pepper as needed.

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