Green Girl    Summer Pasta


Article by Jennifer Dowdican

Photography by Stock Photos

Summer just wouldn’t be summer without a delicious Green Girl pasta! This recipe is my absolute favorite. It’s created with fresh ingredients from our garden and topped with a homemade walnut pesto. Is your mouth watering yet? I could dive into this one daily. 

There’s something very healing about using fresh herbs and veggies from your own garden. If you don’t have your a garden, no worries! I always recommend shopping at produce stands and supporting local farmers. One of my favorite places to visit is Green Door Gourmet here in Nashville.


Let’s Talk Gluten-Free Pasta

With gluten-free pasta, you have several options:

  • Chickpea pasta
  • Lentil pasta
  • Rice pasta
  • Quinoa pasta
  • Rice & corn pasta

I love quinoa pasta, but for you, I always recommend trying a few and figuring out what dazzles your own taste buds! 

Make sure you use a lot of water when cooking gluten-free pasta. Typically, in the directions it will tell you. But keep in mind, if you don’t use a lot of water, the pasta will come out starchy and mushy. Always remove pasta when it’s still slightly chewy or, as we Italians like to call it, “al dente.”

Here are some of my favorite pastas:


Green Girl Summer Pasta



  • 32 ounces gluten-free pasta, cooked
  • 1 cup organic baby peas
  • 1 medium zucchini 
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 lemon freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil
  • sea salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • fresh grated Romano cheese, optional


  • Precook gluten-free pasta of choice
  • Precook organic baby peas or thaw frozen organic baby peas
  • Slice 1 medium zucchini and saute over medium heat with a little olive oil until softened or cooked to your preference
  • In a medium bowl add peas & zucchini to pasta and season with a little sea salt & pepper
  • In a small food processor, add basil, garlic, lemon juice, walnuts, avocado oil and salt & pepper then process until all ingredients are blended smooth
  • Add walnut pesto sauce to pasta and mix until incorporated
  • Serve and top with fresh, grated Romano cheese
  • Enjoy!

As always, every pasta dish pairs well with a healthy salad. Don’t forget to add a homemade dressing. Check out my lemon dijon vinaigrette here

When it comes to pasta, there are no limits. You can add any veggie of choice and season how you prefer. Don’t forget to add fresh local produce for all the healthy benefits. Enjoy my summer pasta recipe, and let me know how it goes!

Cheers to a healthy life!


Enjoy this delicious Raspberry Lime Detox Soda!

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