Secret Recipe Club June: Green Monster Pasta

17 Jun

For Secret Recipe Club this month I was assigned the blog Teaspoon of Spice, two dietitians who love food as much as you do, written by Deanna and Serena; [Click Here for the About Me section of the blog].  I was very excited for this specific blog because I am very interested in health and nutrition, hence why I have my B.S. in food and nutrition :)

I had a few different recipes on the list… grilled potato and zucchini caprese, almond milk muffins, acorn squash farm share chili, and the winner: triple green pasta.


Green Monster Pasta

Serves 6 (about 1 1/2 cups each)

8 oz. whole wheat rigatoni, uncooked

1 large zucchini, chopped

1 package (5 oz.) fresh spinach, roughly chopped

1/4 bunch (about 1/2 cup) curly parsley, chopped well

1 cup (122 grams) frozen green beans

1 tsp. minced garlic

2 Tbsp. sunflower seed oil (or any oil you prefer)

1 can chickpeas, drained

Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Pepper flakes, to taste



In a large pot cook the rigatoni.  Meanwhile, in a large nonstick sauté pan, cook the zucchini in 1/2 Tbsp. oil until slightly softened; season well with sea salt and pepper.  Add the frozen green beans, garlic, and chickpeas.  Stir well, season with salt and pepper, and let cook a few minutes until heated through.



In a separate, large dish (could be your serving dish), line the bottom with chopped spinach.  Spoon the cooked veggie mixture over the chopped, raw spinach.  Once the pasta is al dente, strain and spoon over the pasta and veggie mixture; season well with salt and black pepper, and 1 1/2 Tbsp. oil, and then stir well.  Stir in parsley, season with pepper flakes, and enjoy :)



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7 Responses to “Secret Recipe Club June: Green Monster Pasta”

  1. tspbasil June 17, 2013 at 7:25 am #

    Whoo hoo – so fun to see our recipe (and dare I say you’ve improved it with adding chickpeas and such a better recipe title?) I haven’t made this in awhile but now I will this week after getting my CSA share which is bursting with greens :)

  2. India Leigh June 17, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    anything greens is a winner!

  3. veronica gantley June 17, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    Awesome recipe that I know my family will love. So glad you shared

  4. cinnamonfreud June 17, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    Looks good! Great idea for fresh summer produce.

  5. kristygardner June 18, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    that certainly IS green monster pasta! And all these veggies are available at the farmer’s market right now too :)

    Happy SRC reveal from a fellow group C member!

  6. Melissa June 19, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    Wow! that’s one great way to get in a lot of veggies :)

  7. juanitascocina June 23, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

    LOVE all of the green! (it’s my fav color!)

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