Pasta Verde

A medley of greens -- zucchini, snap peas, baby spinach, scallions -- combines with a simple mustard vinaigrette to create this appealing pasta salad.

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  • Servings: 4
Pasta Verde


Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2003


  • 1 pound gemelli, or other short pasta

For the Vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons grainy mustard
  • 2 tablespoons white-wine or sherry vinegar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

For the Add-Ins

  • 1 sweet onion, halved lengthwise, then cut crosswise 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 small zucchinis, halved lengthwise, then cut crosswise 1/4 inch thick
  • 8 ounces snap peas, tough strings removed
  • 3 ounces baby spinach, (or 1 bunch regular spinach, stems trimmed and leaves coarsely chopped)
  • 1 small bunch scallions, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves, cut into very thin strips


  1. In a medium bowl whisk together mustard and vinegar. While whisking, slowly drizzle in 1/4 cup oil until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente according to package instructions, about 8 minutes. Drain; return to pot. Set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook until just softened, about 4 minutes. Add zucchini; cook, stirring, until tender, about 4 minutes. Add snap peas and spinach; cook, stirring, until bright green, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in scallions and basil. Add to pasta along with vinaigrette; toss. Serve warm or at room temperature.


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