Green goddess sauce + green lentil fusilli + crispy shallots = one heck of a TASTY green goddess pasta. It’s creamy and indulgent, and it’s fresh and seriously herby. Then there’s the crispy, crunchy hits of sweet shallots. This pasta is happiness on a plate!
The BEST Green Goddess Pasta
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been sharing all things green goddess. First was my take on a green goddess dressing, and then how to use that recipe to make a green goddess salad. Today I want to share my latest recipe on the same theme ~ green goddess pasta. And oh my goodness, what a treat. It’s essentially a delicious pasta salad with lots of fresh herbs that impart so much flavor. And perhaps one of my favorite pasta dishes ever.
This Green Goddess Pasta is:
Uber Creamy & Indulgent
Loaded with Vitamins & Minerals
Green Goddess Pasta Ingredients
To make this super-satisfying pasta dish, here’s what you’ll need:
- Green Goddess Pasta Sauce: You can find my healthy green goddess dressing recipe here. This is what I am using as a pasta sauce. But if you prefer, use your favorite recipe or brand. My green goddess sauce is a deliciously creamy tangy sauce that contains loads of fresh herbs, ripe avocado, greek yogurt, quark (a low-fat soft cheese), garlic, fresh lemon juice, and green olives.
- Pasta: I’m using a lenticchie fusilli or green lentil pasta. The one in the recipe photos is Dalla Costa Lenticchie Fusilli. It’s made with durum wheat semolina (so it does contain gluten), but it also has green lentils and spinach. It’s still pasta but with the added bonus of extra nutrition. I also love how the sauce gets into all those spirals for a better mouthful. That said, the best pasta is your favorite pasta, so choose the kind and shape you prefer.
- Pasta Water: The starchy pasta water creates a silky texture and helps the sauce cling to the fusilli. Plain old tap water won’t do quite a good job.
- Shallots: For a slightly sweet, crispy contrast to the uber-creamy pasta.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Essential for making crispy shallots. But also for those healthy fats to help the body absorb the nutrients in the dish.
- Pepper: Freshly ground pepper adds a touch of heat and depth to the dish.
Variations and Substitutions
Don’t let ingredients you don’t like or can’t get hold of at your local grocery store stop you from making this delicious recipe. There are so many options to make the recipe work for you. Here are just some of my favorite substitutions:
|Recipe Ingredient||Excellent Substitutions|
|Green Lentil Pasta||Whole Wheat Pasta, Red Lentil Pasta, Pea Pasta, or Fresh Pasta|
|Shallots||Red Onions, Brown Onions, Scallions (Spring Onions), Green Onions|
|Pepper||Red Chili Flakes, Cayenne Pepper, Red Pepper Flakes|
Step-By-Step Recipe Instructions
How to Make a Green Goddess Pasta
Once you’ve prepared your green goddess sauce, this pasta dish comes together in less than 15 minutes. Here’s what you need to do:
- Fry Shallots
Fry the shallots in olive oil until crispy.
- Get Rid of Excess Oil
Spread the shallots onto some paper towel (kitchen roll) to absorb any excess oil. Set aside.
- Cook Pasta
Cook pasta as per package directions.
- Drain Pasta
Drain pasta, reserving one cup of pasta water.
- Add Sauce
Pour the green sauce into the pan with the pasta and stir to coat.
- Adjust Consistency
If the green goddess pasta sauce is too thick, add pasta water a little at a time until you’re happy with the consistency.
Divide into serving bowls, and sprinkle with crispy shallots and lots of black pepper. I also love to top it with a handful of microgreens (optional).
See the recipe card at the end of this post for the full instructions and ingredient list.Jump to Recipe
Pasta Topping Ideas
I adore crispy shallots. They add a wonderful crunch to contrast with the beautiful creamy sauce. However, that may not be your thing, so I have some more topping ideas you might like:
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Lemon Zest
- Toasted Pine Nuts
- Mint, Parsley, or Basil Leaves
- Snipped Chives
- A drizzle of Olive Oil
More Green Goddess Recipes
Green Goddess Dressing
This green goddess dressing is bursting with fresh herbs that bring incredible flavor to salads and nourish bowls. It’s also a fantastic dip and pasta sauce.
Green Goddess Salad
You’re going to be obsessed with this green goddess salad! It’s fresh, flavorful, and satisfying. Enjoy as a hearty meal or as a side dish.
More Pasta Recipes
- Ground Beef and Zucchini Pasta Casserole
- Mediterranean Vegetable Pasta
- Whole Wheat Pappardelle with Sundried Tomatoes, Rocket and Walnuts
- Healthy Spaghetti Carbonara
Green Goddess Pasta ~ Full Recipe
Green Goddess Pasta
- Frying Pan
- Wooden Spoon or Spatula
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 banana shallots or 3 regular shallots
- 10½ oz (375 g) green lentil pasta or any pasta of your choice
- 1 portion green goddess dressing recipe or your favorite green goddess recipe or brand
- ⅔ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- Prepare: Gather and prepare your ingredients. Boil the kettle.
- Crispy Shallots: Pour the extra virgin olive oil into a pan over a medium heat. Add the shallots and cook until crispy. Once cooked, spread the crispy shallots onto a piece of paper towel (kitchen roll) to absorb any excess fat. Set aside.
- Pasta: Boil the lentil pasta in boiling water per package instructions to al dente. Reserve a cup of the pasta water, then drain through a colander. Tip the drained pasta back into the pan.
- Green Goddess Dressing: Pour the green goddess dressing all over the pasta. Stir to coat and cook on a medium-low heat for a couple of minutes until the sauce has warmed through. If your sauce is a little thick, add some pasta water, a little at a time, until you’re happy with the consistency.
- Serve: Divide the green goddess pasta into pasta bowls, top with crispy shallots and a generous sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper. I also love to top with a handful of microgreens (optional). Enjoy!
I am buzzing for you to try green goddess pasta for yourself! Get in touch via the comments section, and let me know how it turns out.
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