Glowing Green “Pasta” Primavera

This is a delicious, satisfying, and super simple way to eat your greens. OhSheGlows is one of my favorite vegan blogs and I’ve enjoyed many of her recipes, however I have to confess that I’ve never made this recipe for pesto. I’ve used store bought sun-dried tomato pesto and it’s amazing, but one of these days I will have put forth some effort and make hers since it looks so darn good.

Glowing Green 'Pasta' Primavera


  • 2-3 large carrots, peeled and julienned (or just be lazy and buy a bag of shredded carrots from Kroger like I did)
  • ½ tablespoon coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 leek, thinly sliced into rounds and rinsed off
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bunch asparagus, ends broken off and chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas.


  • 1 small clove garlic
  • ¾ cup fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • ¼ cup hulled hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Scant ¼ teaspoon fine-grain sea salt or pink Himalayan sea salt, or to taste


  1. With a julienne peeler, peel the carrots into thin, spaghetti-like strands. Cover with a damp tea towel or damp paper towel to avoid it drying out.
  2. Add oil to a large skillet or wok, and preheat over medium. Add sliced leek and garlic and saute for 3-4 minutes, until soft and translucent. Add a couple pinches of salt and several grounds of pepper.
  3. Add the asparagus to the skillet and saute for around 8 minutes more, until tender. Increase heat if necessary. Finally, stir in the peas and cook until heated throughout.
  4. Meanwhile, make the pesto. Add the garlic into a food processor and process until minced. Now add in the basil and sun-dried tomatoes and process again until smooth. Finally, add the rest of the ingredients and process again until combined and smooth.
  5. Stir all the pesto into the vegetable skillet mixture and cook until heated throughout. Season to taste.
  6. Serve the vegetable pesto mixture on top of the carrot pasta.

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