Vegan Fava Bean Pesto Pasta

May 5, 2023
There's nothing better than diving into a bowl of pesto pasta. For this version, I wanted to lighten up the dish for summer while still honoring the traditional pasta and pesto combination. So naturally, I turned to zucchini noodles, which add a nice texture contrast in addition to being hydrating and tasty. If you don't own a spiralizer, you can use a julienne peeler to make the noodles (or, you can simply cut the zucchini into matchsticks—it will still be delicious!
This recipe is pretty versatile, so you can swap out fava beans for another favorite bean and replace the parsley with cilantro in the pesto if you'd like. However you choose to make it, I hope you love this dish as much as I do!
Healthy Dinner: Zucchini and Soba Noodle Pesto Pasta

Vegan Fava Bean Pesto Pasta

Recipe Type: Detox Hearty Entrees
utensils YIELDS 4 servings
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  • 2 medium zucchinis, spiralized
  • 8 ounces soba noodles
  • 1 1/2 cups fava beans
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup parsley, packed
  • 1/2 cup basil, packed
  • 1/3 cup raw or toasted unsalted cashews
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Nutritional yeast (optional)
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1. Cook soba noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

2. While soba noodles are cooking, spiralize zucchini into noodles.

3. In a food processor, add garlic and pulse until minced. Add in parsley, basil, cashews, lemon juice, and sea salt and run the processor until the ingredients are combined. Slowly drizzle in olive oil while the processor is running (you may need to occasionally stop and scrape down the sides) until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

4. In a large bowl, mix together zucchini, soba noodles, and fava beans, then top with the pesto and mix until all the noodles are coated evenly. Top with nutritional yeast, if desired.

Also by Molly: Chickpea Salad with Polenta Croutons

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Contributing Editor Molly Lansdowne lives in Boston, Massachusetts. In her free time, she enjoys writing, practicing yoga, and traveling around New England. Follow Molly on Pinterest @bostonvegan and Instagram @molly_lansdowne.


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