green pasta??

January 9, 2012 · 11 comments

in dinner, food, recipes

good morning, friends! who’s ready for monday?!

i am doing everything in my power to take today by storm. i have a to-do list a mile long and a serious shortage of motivation. but i am going to try to fake it until i make it!

if you need a meal that packs a serious nutrition punch to get you through the day, i’ve got you covered….

last week i prepared a meal plan and then printed off all of the recipes i wanted to make, made a grocery list, followed that list, and got cooking!

i came to “green pasta” one night, and was wondering what that could possibly be (it was a long week & i had no memory of what recipe i printed).

well, this is what i meant. except with a couple changes i had in mind. i don’t keep cream on hand and i didn’t have fresh peas, spinach fettuccine, or jack cheese.

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green pea pasta


  • prep time: 10 minutes
  • cook time: 20 minutes
  • yield: 2 servings


  • 6 oz dry thin spaghetti pasta (i used a whole wheat variety)
  • 1.5 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp milk (i used skim)
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup grated smoked gouda cheese


  • cook pasta according to directions on package. drain and set pasta aside.
  • in a medium saucepan melt butter on low heat.
  • whisk in lemon juice, milk, salt, and red pepper flakes.
  • stir in thawed peas. cook until softened and hot.
  • use a fork or the back of a wooden spoon to mash up the peas to desired sauce consistency. you can also use an immersion blender for this step if you prefer.
  • dump pasta into saucepan and coat with sauce and mix in 1/4 cup cheese.
  • top with the rest of the cheese and serve.

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we ate our pasta with a side of mixed veggies and the last of a bag of trader joe’s frozen sweet potato fries.

oh yeah, and lots of wine. <3

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(since it’s monday, you probably don’t want to have too much wine…)


what are you doing to make this a good week?

i am taking the time each night to plan out what i want to accomplish the next day. i am so incredibly driven by to-do lists. if i don’t make one, i’m useless! i’m also going to make sure to plan in my workouts and give myself a little reading time each night…i just got the hunger games trilogy from the library & i can’t wait to see what happens next.

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Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean January 9, 2012 at 7:09 am

mmm there’s that gouda again. gouda ipa soup post is now half written!!
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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 9, 2012 at 8:13 am

Gouda is the best. Maybe it’s time I use my frozen peas for something other than icing my knees…
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Sarah January 18, 2012 at 2:44 pm

haha, frozen peas do work better than any ice pack i’ve ever tried though…


Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland January 9, 2012 at 10:51 am

Great wine!! That is one of my favorite wines…ever!
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Sarah January 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm

mine too, i always have a bottle (or two) on hand!


Mama Sieracki January 9, 2012 at 11:37 am

I made a kettle of pea soup yesterday and a rotisserie chicken, so we will probably eat on that most of the week. Your green pasta looks yummy.


Emily January 9, 2012 at 11:51 am

To do lists are a must for me too! Also, prepare to get swept away by the hunger games…I read all 3 of them in a week! I hope you like them!
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Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles January 9, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Ooooh, this looks delicious! I’m such a fan of cheese, and gouda is one of my favorites.
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Angie January 9, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Those books will suck you in and keep you reading late into the night! I loved them and can’t wait for the movie to come out in March.


Priyanka January 9, 2012 at 9:11 pm

I think a little planning the night before makes life so much easier. You have a more streamlined attitude. I have my workouts and meals planned so that puts my mind at ease too.

I am loving your beautiful meal pictures.
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Christin@purplebirdblog January 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I just barely started book one of The Hunger Games, but I’m reading another book at the moment too, so I’ll probably finish the other one before I really delve into THG… can’t wait to really get into it though!
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