Courgette Pasta with Spinach and Kale Pesto and Edamame

This mountain of green goodness is just the sort of super healthy and delicious meal I crave after a slightly indulgent weekend.

I made this pimped up version of my pesto and combined it with lightly sauted courgetti and edamame last Monday night and immediately felt better! I think it must have struck a cord because the pic I posted went a bit crazy on Instagram and I had lots of requests for the recipe – so here it is guys!

The pesto has a whole bag of organic spinach and kale or baby kale which are both super rich in vitamins and minerals, crunchy hazelnuts (you can use any nut but I like hazels or walnuts for this), garlic, lots of lemon juice, nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavour and a new addition – 1/2 cup of olives added at the end which I think adds a new layer of flavour and delicious texture to the pesto. Let me know what you think?

I usually serve my courgetti raw and you can if you prefer it more crunchy do that but I lightly sauted it as I fancied a warm dish. I added some protein rich edamame and some of the pesto to the pan and stirred it in to warm the pesto up a little. Delicious!

Courgette Pasta with Pesto


Courgette Pasta with Pesto

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  2 servings
  10 minutes preparation time
  5 minutes cook time


  • 1 big bag organic spinach
  • 1 bag baby kale or kale
  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup green olives
  • Juice 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • 4 tbsp nutritional yeast 


  • 1 cup edamame beans defrosted 
  •  3 small or two large courgettes spiralised
  • 3 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1 tsp olive oil


  1. To make the pesto;
  2. Firstly add the nuts to your food processor or high speed blender and blitz for a few seconds. Add in the spinach, kale, lemon juice, oil and garlic then blitz again until everything is combined. You might need to push the leaves down a few times. Finally add the salt, pepper, nutritional yeast and olives a give it a final pulse. 
  3. Add the oil and garlic to your frying pan and fry on a medium heat for a few minutes then add in the courgetti. Stir for a few more minutes until the courgette softens a little.
  4. Stir in the edamame and two cups of the pesto then stir everything throughly to combine.


  1. Natalia on March 9, 2017 at 8:42 am

    OMG, this sounds so delicious, Niki! This shot is ‘dangerous’!

    • Niki on March 18, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      So glad you like it lovely!
      Thank you ????????

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