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Spring Green Pasta with Vegan Basil-Mint Pesto - a healthy pasta recipe with asparagus, peas, leek, and homemade pesto sauce
Spring Green Pasta with Vegan Basil-Mint Pesto
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4 to 6 people
Author: Julia
Ingredients
Vegan Basil-Mint Pesto Sauce:
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 2 cups basil loosely packed
  • 6 large mint leaves
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil
Spring Green Pasta
Instructions
Prepare the Pesto Sauce:
  1. Place walnuts in a food processor and pulse a few times. Add the basil, mint, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and sea salt and pulse another few times. Leave the food processor on and slowly stream the oil through the opening at the top until all of it is combined. Continue processing to desired consistency (I leave my pesto a bit chunky). Refrigerate until ready to use.

Make the Pasta:
  1. Cook pasta in a large pot according to package instructions (note: I always cook the pasta 3 to 5 minutes less than the package suggests, especially when it comes to gluten-free pasta). Set aside until ready to use.

  2. Heat the avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the leek and asparagus and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables have softened but are still al dente, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the peas, lemon zest, and sea salt and continue cooking 1 minute. 

  3. Transfer pasta back to the pot you used to cook it, along with the vegetables. Add desired amount of pasta sauce and gently stir everything together (if you're using gluten-free pasta, be extra careful in your stirring or else the pasta will break). Season with sea salt to taste and serve with pumpkin seeds on top.