Very Green Spring Pasta

This Very Green Spring Pasta uses both whole wheat pasta and zucchini noodles, making it full of heart-healthy fiber but lighter and lower on the carbs.

This recipe comes to us from Parsnips and Pastries.

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Serves 6


  • 12 ounces whole wheat spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil plus more for serving
  • 1 bunch asparagus trimmed and thinly sliced on a bias
  • 1 large shallot diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 bunch rainbow chard chopped, stems and leaves separated
  • 2 zucchini spiralized
  • 1 cup fresh English peas if using frozen, see notes
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup Chardonnay
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan plus more for serving
  • 1/4 cup basil finely chopped, plus more for serving
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste


Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta and cook spaghetti until al dente. Reserve some of the pasta water before draining.

While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large, deep saute pan. Add the shallot and cook until softened. Add the asparagus, garlic, and chard stems, and season with salt and pepper. Cook one minute. Add in the wine and lemon juice and zest. Bring the wine to a simmer and toss in the peas, chard leaves, and the zucchini noodles. Toss everything and cook until the chard is wilted, the zucchini noodles are just softened, and the asparagus is tender but still retains a bite.

Toss the vegetable mixture with the cooked spaghetti, basil, and parmesan. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper, if needed. Add a few tablespoons of the starchy cooking water, if desired, to loosen the sauce.

Serve drizzled with olive oil and topped with additional parmesan and basil.

Note: If using frozen peas, add the peas into the boiling pasta during the last 3 minutes of cooking and drain the pasta and peas together.

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Nutrition Information

Very Green Spring Pasta

Servings per Recipe: 6

Amount per Serving

Calories:  398

Calories from Fat:  89

Total Fat:  10g

Saturated Fat:  2g

Cholesterol:  7mg

Sodium:  865mg

Potassium:  1119mg

Carbohydrates:  65g

Dietary Fiber:  12g

Protein:  18g

Sugars:  7g

Vitamin A:  211%

Vitamin C:  126%

Calcium:  21%

Iron:  40%

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