Mean Green Pesto Pasta

Mean Green Pesto Pasta - A simple, delicious and nutritious pasta, filled with green veggies and tossed in a creamy roasted garlic pesto. (Vegan & GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com

So it dawned on me, I haven’t watched Netflix in ages. Which is kind of a criminal act. I mean my about me page even states that I’m known to binge watch an entire tv series in as little as time as possible. And it’s been months! I’m soooo backlogged. I have to watch the latest season of Scandal, Once Upon a Time, OITNB (yeah even OITNB),  finish Sons of Anarchy (which I may never do, because I’m in love with Jax, and am unwilling to let our relationship end) and some friggin day I’m actually goIng to start watching Mad Men. So really, I shouldn’t leave the couch. Nope. Not ever.

But the truth is I’ve been kind of busy trying to be sort of a productive human being, and in turn attempting to make this little space of mine something worth stopping by for you. Meaning regular postings, recipe testing, and general freak outs about everything in between… such as how I don’t own any wick jars… and I really want to share a cute little layered mousse dish that absolutely requires wick jars for photographing. See, the struggle is real.

Mean Green Pesto Pasta - A simple, delicious and nutritious pasta, filled with green veggies and tossed in a creamy roasted garlic pesto. (Vegan & GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com

And as much as I love Netflix, it’s a black hole for productivity. And it loves to insult you by informing you that you are completely sucking at life, and it’s winning, by asking every four episodes if you are still watching. Yes, I am. You know that I am. Stop making me feel guilty, and play my damn show. Honestly, don’t be so mean Netflix. Instead how about YOU be productive for the both of us. And add food delivery options, so I don’t EVER have to tell you I’m done watching. Right there on the side, you know click a button and oh look chinese takeout… yum. Sandwich shoppe delivers… heck ya. Pizza… damn straight.

Maybe, I should delete that ^^^ and patent it. Crap. Alright, remember you heard it here first.

Mean Green Pesto Pasta - A simple, delicious and nutritious pasta, filled with green veggies and tossed in a creamy roasted garlic pesto. (Vegan & GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com

Speaking of food. This mean green pesto pasta, yaaaaaa. It’s literally a green bowl of health. Because anything green by default means healthy right? Of course this one is legitimately healthy as we are rocking three veggies and a delicious bright green ROASTED GAAARLIC pesto sauce. How could you feel anything but glorious when enjoying a big ole bowl of this?

Mean Green Pesto Pasta - A simple, delicious and nutritious pasta, filled with green veggies and tossed in a creamy roasted garlic pesto. (Vegan & GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com

Mean Green Pesto Pasta - A simple, delicious and nutritious pasta, filled with green veggies and tossed in a creamy roasted garlic pesto. (Vegan & GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com

Alright, I have to get right to my absolute favvvvorite thing about this pasta, and that’s that you can devour it at any temperature and it’s so frickin good. I mean it. Hot. Cold. Room temp. Doesn’t matter. Which makes this the ULTIMATE pasta dish. Going to a BBQ or a potluck, because you’re awesome and you have friends (that must be nice)… what better of a dish than one that doesn’t matter what temp it ends up being eaten at. Convenient? Ya! For me, I usually nom down on it hot when it’s just been made, and eat leftovers cold. And I really like it cold, and I’m not a cold pasta fan normally.

Mean Green Pesto Pasta - A simple, delicious and nutritious pasta, filled with green veggies and tossed in a creamy roasted garlic pesto. (Vegan & GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com

Now I have to put a disclaimer on this pasta… you are going to lick the bowl like a crazy. So, whatever precautions you need to take to not look like a lunatic, I recommend having that plan ahead of time. For reals.

Something else I like to do with this mean green is sprinkle hemp seeds on top. Why? Because we continue our green theme, and you give it a nutritional kick with some bonus protein action along with it. Plus, I always feel like garnishes take a “I just threw this together because I have to feed you” to an actual presentable dish. I’ve only recently started to garnish, and now I feel all fancy pants chef like.

Mean Green Pesto Pasta - A simple, delicious and nutritious pasta, filled with green veggies and tossed in a creamy roasted garlic pesto. (Vegan & GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com

Foodie Pointers:

Enjoy hot, cold or room temp: As mentioned above, any temp goes for this dish. Just make sure to actually store it in the fridge when the time comes.

Cook your veg to your liking: Want those green beans and asparagus crunchy? You got it, just follow the recipe. Or if you are like me in that you enjoy a rather tender veg, continue cooking your veggies until you are happy with them. Whether that’s tender, or pretty darn soft, just taste a veg and decide. It’s your call.

Rinse those noodles: Now the reason you rinse noodles after cooking is to remove the starch build up that has occurred, which is what makes your noodles stick together. A little salt in your boiling water definitely helps with this and in most cases rinsing isn’t necessary. But as orecchiette noodles love to cuddle, it’s best to rinse them to keep them separated and not spooning.

Remove your pot from the heat: When it’s time to add your pesto and serve, remove the pot from the heat before adding your pesto in. This will prevent the pesto from overcooking and changing to that icky brown shade we are all too familiar with.

Mean Green Pesto Pasta - A simple, delicious and nutritious pasta, filled with green veggies and tossed in a creamy roasted garlic pesto. (Vegan & GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com

I make a lot of recipes around here, and don’t often make the same thing very often as I’m always looking to find another new delicious creation. But now and then, I make something that’s so good I just have to turn around and make it again asap so that I can share it with you. This happens to be one of those times. So me breaking from routine means you need to put this on your meal plan/dinner table pronto. You won’t regret it. It’s full of beautiful green vegetables, a creamy delicious pesto and it’s just as good leftover.

Make your tummy happy okay. And enjoy this mean green pesto pasta.

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Mean Green Pesto Pasta - A simple, delicious and nutritious meal, filled with green veggies and a creamy roasted garlic pesto. (Vegan & GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com
Mean Green Pesto Pasta - A simple, delicious and nutritious meal, filled with green veggies and a creamy roasted garlic pesto. (Vegan & GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com
Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:

  1. 12 ounces orecchiette (gluten free, if desired)
  2. 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  3. 1 large shallot, minced
  4. 1/2 pound green beans, cut into thirds
  5. 1/2 pound asparagus, cut into quarters
  6. 1 1/2 cups frozen peas
  7. 3/4 – 1 cup roasted garlic walnut pesto

Directions:

  • Cook orecchiette according to package directions. Drain and rinse well with water. Set aside.
  • In a large dutch oven or stockpot heat coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add minced shallot and cook for one minute while stirring. Add green beans and asparagus. Cook for five minutes, stirring occasionally. Add frozen peas, and continue to cook while stirring occasionally for another five minutes, or until vegetables have reached desired tenderness. If vegetables begin to brown reduce heat slightly, and stir more frequently. 
  • Once vegetables are done, add drained cooked orecchiette and stir to combine. Let cook for 2 minutes and then remove from heat. Add pesto and stir to combine. Salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Serve immediately. 

Notes:

Can be served hot, room temperature or cold.
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34 comments

    • Meg -

      It’s soooo yummy, and I love that the pesto stays green instead of going all icky brown… definitely helps if you are feeding more than just your significant other who will eat anything just to avoid having to feed themselves. ;)

  1. The Vegan 8 -

    What a beautiful “Mean green” pesto pasta! I could eat a HUGE bowl of this! I love all the ingredients and flavors! I make a pea and spinach pesto and it’s my favorite. I’m loving this one too and that you paired it with that type of pasta, it’s one of my favorites! Great recipe!

    • Meg -

      A HUGE bowl of this is totally acceptable and encouraged. I will never make pesto the same way again, out with those old ingredients and in with roasted garlic and peas and spinach! And orecchiette is myyy ultimate fav. If I had to pick one noodle to commit to for the rest of my life it would definitely be orecchiette. <3

  2. Laura Dembowski -

    Pesto is awesome and this sounds great with all those fresh vegetables. I’m pretty addicted to Netflix. OITNB and House of Cards are awesome – Bloodline was good too, but right now Scandal is my jam. How did I not know it was this good???

    • Meg -

      Pesto with veggies = serious love. Pesto in general though = serious love. So you can’t go wrong. And Scandal is soooooo good. When I watched the first season, it was like crack. I needed more ASAP. I love House of Cards too, that one is a little craaazy. But definitely good. I haven’t watched Bloodline, okay admittedly I just Google’d. I hadn’t even heard of it! But it sounds super intriguing. Gosh Laura, you are not helping my addiction or backup of shows I’ve created. Geez. ;)

    • Meg -

      Aw thanks so much Audrey! Ugh, not finding gf orecchiette is no bueno. But hey, it’s not a make or break… so snatch your favorite gf noodles and get to work. This pasta is so delish either way. And I hope you make it and avoid looking like a total goof while licking your bowl clean ;) Let me know what you think Audrey. Thanks again!

    • Meg -

      Definitely, light enough for a hot summer evening, but filling enough to play ball in the winter too :) Haha, I’ve actually see Gaffigans sketch on Netflix, and was DYING. It was sooo funny, and oh my gosh true to. It makes you a completely different incapable human being. Too funny!

  3. genevieve @ gratitude & greens -

    Roasted garlic pesto?! How have I never thought of that? I love eating roasted garlic and the possibility of roasted garlic in pesto is almost too much for me to take. Officially putting it on my list of projects for this week :)

    I really need to catch up on Scandal and I am so close to finishing the latest season of Orange Is The New Black. I’ve seen the first season of Mad Men but, like you, I’ve been meaning to sit down and start watching. I’ve heard it’s really good! The last TV series I binge-watched on Netflix was The Mindy Project (well, I still have a few episodes to go) but I totally know what you mean about it being a black hole for productivity. I wasn’t a TV person until my boyfriend installed Apple TV for me! There’s no going back now…

    • Meg -

      Well roasted garlic bestie, you are going to be sooooo happy you’ve decided to put it in your pesto. Let me tell ya. And girl… you need to finish a dang season already. lol. I know, there are just too many. I started but haven’t finished Sons (as mentioned, mainly do to my love of Jax, who if you aren’t familiar with just Google, and thank me later) and I also started The Sopranos – talk about late to the party. But I haven’t finished either of those. And officially started watching the new OITNB season last night – hallelujah! I love that show, it’s a nice pick-me-up compared to the dramas. I never watch actual TV anymore just Netflix and Amazon Prime. Because I’m weird and let the whole season come out and then binge watch it, instead of actually watching it unfold on tv. It’s so much better to binge ;)

  4. Sarah | Well and Full -

    This looks great, Meg! Also I love veggies sauteed in coconut oil. And also I HEAR YOU GIRL on the netflix thing…. this isn’t netflix specifically, but I watched the entire first season of game of thrones in one. weekend. Ugh I’m not proud to admit it.

    • Meg -

      Thanks Sarah! I’m trying to use more and more coconut oil lately, and get away from the fake butter stuff. Even though I like the buttery taste, I hate to think of all the “ingredients” in it. But on a different note I’m so glad you understand my Netflix/tv series addiction. Oh Game of Thrones is sooooo good. I watched the first season on HBO, when I actually had cable, and then had to wait foreverrrrr to get to watch the next season. So now I honestly need to go back to the beginning and start all over, because I have no clue what’s going on anymore. Just that everyone dies… ALL. THE. TIME.

  5. Claudia | The Brick Kitchen -

    OMG this looks incredibly good, I just want a whole bowl right now (and a series lined up on netflix, of course!). I’m probably more of a hot pasta fan but it is awesome that it works cold too (because don’t you hate it when you photograph a recipe for a little longer than anticipated and it goes luke warm and is not as amazing as you wanted it to be when you finally get round to eating it… so this pasta would work well, then!!). Also – roasted garlic pesto?? Definitely trying this!

    • Meg -

      Thanks so much Claudia! And I’m definitely a hot pasta fan as well, but this one is totally still worth it cold, especially on a hot day :) And you are so right about taking photos and coming out the other side with room temp food that’s pretty bleh. So this one is definitely a winner on that note alone. Hope you make it and love it Claudia! Thanks again :)

  6. Christine @ Ciao Veggie -

    This looks wonderful, and such a lovely photos! And YES to the Netflix addiction! It is so much more productive than channel surfing live TV, so I feel like it’s a guilt-free indulgence! I can recommend Bloodline when you get back into things :)

    • Meg -

      Thanks Christine! I told you that you had convinced me to break out my ole pesto recipe after seeing yours. I mean how could I not? And I couldn’t agree more on the channel surfing, the only trouble with Netflix is picking your next show… but that’s still waaaaay faster than any channel surfing I’ve done :) Okay that’s two votes for Bloodline, so I am DEFINITELY checking that one out now. Thanks little lady!

    • Meg -

      Aww thanks so much Kathryn :) Your comment made me smile. Tee hee. I’m so glad you support my Netflix delivery addition, even though I don’t think we are doing either of us any favors with it… I still think it totally needs to happen. And Bloodline has been officially added to the queue ;) And I hope you love the Pesto, it’s so delicious. Thanks for being such a sweetie Kathryn!

    • Meg -

      Oh yum! I think I’ve ate more asparagus this summer than ever before. Is your pasta recipe on your blog? I’ll have to go look for it :) Thanks so much for pinning and stopping by Evi!

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