Irish Pub Spinach and Artichoke Melt.
Can you feel the spring vibes or what??
Funny thing is, my food these days totally looks like spring, but my environment is still looking like winter. I could complain for days about it, BUT I am choosing to be super positive, and just be like, “ahh, whateves”. I mean, we can all pretend right??
This is one of those recipes I have been thinking about for a while now. Well, not that long, but for about a month now I have been dreaming of making a fresh green pasta with zucchini noodles and heavy, heavy Greek flavors. I just needed to wait until the right time, and well, I have decided that waiting is zero fun and it’s time to share!
I actually made and photographed this a couple of weeks ago, but I have made it three times now since. It’s seriously that good… and that easy!
Alright and as you can tell, I am really just craving spring…
So much so that it completely annoys me when my mother says she is excited about all the snow we are having this week. Like is she crazy?? YES. She is that person that is so into the snow and I just do not get it. I mean, I get it at Christmas time, but not in mid March when things should be thawing out and buds should be popping up and outta the ground. You know?
Breathe Tieghan… ok, again, thinking positive thoughts. It really is my new thing. I’m really not the most positive person in the world. I can also be pretty hard on myself, so my goal these days is to just try to stay happy!! Fake it till you make it…?
But this Green Goddess Zucchini Pasta!! Let’s chat about it.
Chatting about pasta always makes me super happy… even when it’s dumping snow in March, and especially when it’s pretty and colorful! ☺️
This is actually a mix of REAL pasta and zucchini “pasta”. I’ve said this before, but I am just not the kind of person that can eat a bowl of zucchini “pasta” and be left with a happy tummy. Nope, I need carbs. Carbs are my friends. They give me energy and make me feel all happy and full inside…gesshh a lot of happiness going on in today’s post. It’s the bowls of pasta…happy vibes are hard to resist when bowls of pasta (with fried halloumi cheese) are involved.
Anyway, this pasta is the perfect dish to enter us into spring. It’s simple, quick and loaded with things like avocado basil pesto (THE BEST), zucchini, fresh heirloom cherry tomatoes, fried cheese (EVERYTHING) and toasted nuts + seeds. You can easily adapt it to be vegan or bump up the protein and add grilled chicken or roasted chickpeas.
Can we talk about few key factors to this recipe though??
…first, the avocado basil pesto. Um, this may just be my new favorite sauce/dip/spread for toast, crackers, pasta and everything in between. It’s kind of amazing. I used a combo of basil + mint + pistachios, but the thing that really makes this pesto is the avocado. It gives the pasta a creamy texture without adding any cream. You’d think that the pesto would turn brown after a while because of the avocado, but the acid from the lemon keeps it bright and green. Granted my pasta has yet to last longer than twenty-four hours in my kitchen, but I think leftovers should be good for a couple days…pretty sure it won’t last that long in your kitchen either though.
…second, the fried halloumi cheese. Legit, this is the best thing ever. Fried cheese is always, always a good idea.? truth.
…third, the crunchy seeds + nuts. I have been doing this with a lot of dishes lately, but it’s just so good. Cook your favorite nuts + seeds in a skillet with a little olive oil + a pinch of salt and then sprinkle them atop everything. SO GOOD.
…fourth, this pasta is literally so easy to make. Add all the pesto ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend. Toss the pesto with hot pasta, fry your cheese. EAT.
OK and lastly, not only is this super springy, but… its GREEN food! Meaning, it’s kind of perfect for this week, seeing as tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day!! Is anyone doing anything fun? Are you making Corned Beef? Going to a parade? Starting your weekend a day early with one too many Irish Coffees?
Totally thinking a bowl of Lucky Charms for breakfast (once a year, gotta have my Lucky Charms…but minus the marshmallows cause I weirdly was never into them), green pasta for lunch (duh) and then dinner is kind of undecided, but it’s between these Corned Beef Tacos, this Irishman’s Mac and Cheese and tomorrow’s recipe…be excited its cheesy!
Mini Chocolate Stout Brownie Sundae Floats with Irish Caramel + Hot Fudge. Obviously.
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Nothin better. Go big or go home. ?
just think you have a great concept of food that i ever seen
Thank you so much Julie! xTieghan
I’m a terrible cook and fail at most things, but I just made this and it was insanely amazing!! I added grilled asparagus and cherry tomatoes, yum yum yum! Thank you so much for the recipe!
Thank you so much Lizzie!
Tieghan I am in LOVE with your blog! your 20 minute better than takeout noodles, the pumpkin laksa and this recipe are my go to recipes when I want a quick but delicious meal. I also made your strawberry cobbler recipe yesterday which turned out great! I had a quick question about this recipe – I don’t like the thought of the raw zoodles how would you recommend cooking them and for how long? thanks again!
HI!! I totally get not liking raw zucchini, but the hot pasta actually cooks the noodles and warms them throughout. That said, if you wanted to cook them a bit more, add the noodles to the pasta cooking water about 1 minute before draining off the pasta. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂
This is one of my favorite halloumi recipes. One thing I always add is fresh corn – the sweetness is great with the saltiness of the cheese.
So happy you like it Lisa!! Adding corn is so good!!
Oh so much deliciousness! Can the pesto be made a day ahead of the meal?
Thank you! Yes, the pesto can be made ahead of time. Let me know if you have any other questions. Hope you love the pizza!
Hey girl! I’m featuring your recipe in a healthy comfort foods compilation post! Thanks for the awesome recipe, I’m going to try it tonight 🙂
I hope you love it Savannah! Thanks!
I made this for Mother’ Day lunch and then did grilled pizza for dinner. We are all rolling with full stomachs even this morning but I had tell you how spectacular this was. My nephew can’t have gluten so I made it with Barilla gluten free spaghetti and it was so yummy. My husband looked at me funny when I told him we don’t cook the zoodles but just mixed them together. He became a believer after tasting it. Used pignoli instead of pistachios since that’s what I had on hand and everyone loved the YUMMY creamy flavor and the different chewy, crunchy textures of the dish. It was so quick to make to boot! Doubled it for 5 people and I have very little leftover. Way to go TIeghan! Thanks for another wonderful meal that’s getting filed away in my favorites recipe box.
This is so amazing! I am so thrilled your day went great and everyone loved this pasta! Thank you so much Rose!
Made the sauce for roasted veggie sandwiches. OMG. The flavors, the texture, absolutely delicious!!!! Will make this again and again, as usual, with all of your recipes.
I omitted the nutritional yeast and jalapeño.
Ah, so happy you liked it Shoshanna! Glad it was good without the yeast and jalapeño.
This was absolutely delicious! Used veggie linguini with the zucchini noodles and the mix of textures was spot on. I would have never thought of mixing pasta with zucchini noodles, but I’m a big fan. The sauce was to die for and anything with halloumi is a must try for me! Thanks again for another great dish!
yay! So happy you liked it! Always halloumi anything is a try for me too!
Thank you Maria!
I just made this for supper, with a few tweaks to make it simpler. But the general idea was all yours.
Thanks so much for a delicious supper.
The exact details are over at https://slimmingbsimcha.wordpress.com/2016/12/15/day-169-green-goddess/
So happy you liked it!! Thank you! I’ll check it out right now!
Awesomely rich weeknight dinner – and the fried halloumi put it over the top! We are definitely going to save this recipe! It will be perfect to make again with fresh summer basil.
Thank you Elizabeth!!
Made this tonight for 6 year old, 3 year old, husband and me. Everyone loved it! (Spiralized noodles topped with crunchy salty nuts = win for the kids) I made it with quinoa/brown rice pasta from Trader Joe’s, blanched the zucchini in the same water for the last 2-3 minutes, and used a whole avocado (why not?!). Oh, and just for color and kicks, I added a head of purple cauliflower roasted with salt and pepper until it caramelized… scrumptious. So many flavors and so fresh! Definitely going into the rotation. This was my first recipe from your site, can’t wait to try more.
This was SOOOO good. I love the green sauce and am making another batch for a veggie dip this week 🙂 My husband and I loved it! Definitely a repeat recipe 🙂
We did part zucchini noodles and part spaghetti squash (no pasta) and it was definitely a treat! As always, thanks for the recipe, Tieghan!
Made this for dinner last night and it was incredibly good! It came together in under 30 minutes which was even better since we started cooking at 8pm haha.
My husband and I just had this for dinner and it was fantastic!! We try one new recipe from your website each week and we have yet to be disappointed! Thank you for all the food adventures that you give me and my best friend!