Simple Zucchini, Pea, Mint and Ricotta Pasta

If you’re looking for something light and quick for dinner I’ve got you with this simple zucchini, pea, mint and ricotta pasta.

It was a Monday night and I was caught out for dinner because I hadn’t had a chance to meal plan on the weekend and my husband and I couldn’t figure out what we wanted for dinner.

All we knew is that we wanted something light but tasty and my mind wandered to all the things I felt would tantalise my tastebuds and we were rewarded with this simple, fresh, vegetarian pasta dish which served as leftovers in the kids lunch boxes the next day and went down a treat.

Tip: While you’re cooking the pasta get started on the other bits and you’ll have dinner on the table in under 15 minutes.

If you’re looking for more recipe inspiration take a look at my ebook, Easy Wholefood Lunchboxes.

It’s packed with 40 delicious nut-free, refined sugar free sweet and savoury recipes which have all been kid-tested and approved and take the guess work out of what delicious, healthy food to make your kids for lunch!

Many of the ingredients in this recipe can be sourced from my one-stop-favourite, organic wholefoods online store, The Wholefood Collective. They go to great lengths to ensure everything they source is amazing quality, they stock all my favorite products and I don’t even have to leave the house! Oh and the cherry on the cake is they donate profits to improve food security for vulnerable Aussies.

Here are some of the ingredients you’ll need:

Pasta
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt
Black Pepper

Simple Zucchini, Pea, Mint and Ricotta Pasta

Brenda Janschek
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 500 grams pasta, whatever type you like
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 medium size zucchinis, cut in half lengthways and finely chopped into half discs
  • 350 grams fresh ricotta
  • 2 lemons, zested
  • 2-3 tbsp lemon juice, to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • sea salt or river salt and black pepper
  • parmesan cheese, to serve (optional)
  • handful greens like baby spinach and rocket to serve

Instructions
 

  • Cook the pasta according to the directions on the packet.
  • Add the peas to the pasta pot for the last three minutes of the cooking time. Drain and rinse with cold water once cooked.
  • In the meantime, heat oil in a large pan and gently saute garlic for a minute. Add zucchini and cook for another minute or so.
  • Add drained pasta and peas, lemon zest, lemon juice and mint leaves and toss well to combine.
  • Crumble over the fresh ricotta and season with salt and freshly ground pepper and gently stir through.
  • To serve stir through baby spinach and/or rocket and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and chilli flakes if you like.

Other easy light and fresh recipes you might like are…

Spiced Cauliflower and Chickpea Rice Salad

San Choy Bow

Garlic Prawn and Pea Spagetti

Fresh and Raw Zucchini Noodle Salad

 

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