Light Vegetable Pasta with toasted almonds

Light Vegetable Pasta with toasted almonds

By 02/04/2015

With spring well on its way I feel like having fresher and lighter dishes more and more.

This simple and light vegetarian pasta with lots of crunchy vegetables and toasted almond flakes is just perfect for spring. The almonds will give that extra crunchy bite making a real difference to the final taste of the dish.

Choose any vegetables you like. I used fava (broad) beans as they have a nice nutty taste. Make sure you don't overcook the vegetables, you want that crunchy bite so just stir fry the vegetables for a few minutes.

This is a dish low in calories perfectly suitable for a diet.

  • Prep Time : 15 minutes
  • Cook Time : 20 minutes
  • Yield : 4



Steam the broad beans for 5 to 6 minutes. Wash the green beans, wash and slice the carrot finely (use a mandolin if you have one). Wash the broccoli and cut the longer stems into smaller pieces.

steaming fava broad beans

Chop the onion finely and stir fry it with 2 tbsp of olive oil in a pan.

stir frying onion

Add the green beans, the carrot slices, the broccoli and the halved tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil.

Stir fry the vegetables for 5 to 6 minutes.

stir frying vegetables

Cook the pasta for 2 minutes less than it says on the packet. Drain and add it to the pan with the vegetables.

Turn the heat on and stir in the pasta with the vegetables and 1 tbsp of olive oil for the remaining 2 minutes of cooking.

Vegetarian Pasta Recipe

Lightly toast the almond flakes in a pan and sprinkle them over the pasta before serving.

Vegetarian Pasta Recipe

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7 Responses to Light Vegetable Pasta with toasted almonds

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    I love veggie heavy dishes like this. Simple, healthy and delicious!
    Happy Easter, Alida!

  2. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    A beautiful and colorful dish that looks delicious and also healthy! I love dishes like this veggies and pasta. It is all in one pot and a perfect spring meal. Thanks for sharing, dear Alida. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Dottie 🙂

  3. All That I'm Eating

    This sounds ideal for when you want something light and fresh. Like the idea of the almonds.

  4. Elisabetta

    Love simple vegetable pasta dishes. I also often include nuts in them. Delicious, healthy and light. Just what we need after the Easter binge 🙂 Buona pasqua!

    • Alida

      It really looks like we have similar tastes! I love all sorts of nuts in pasta dishes too! Buona Pasqua cara Elisabetta x

  5. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    Simple, fresh and tasty! Love the addition of the almonds. I often sprinkle pasta with toasted pine nuts….. Next time maybe I’ll give almonds a go instead!

  6. la cucina di Molly

    Ottimo questo piatto di pasta, fresco e leggero, perfetto per gustare le verdure che ci da la primavera! Tanti auguri di una serena e felice Pasqua a te e famiglia! Un abbraccio!

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