Pasta With Veggies, Zoodles, Spinach & Garlic Prawns
This easy pasta recipe is packed with fresh veggies (like zoodles, tomatoes + spinach), herbs, and garlic prawns. It’s one of my go-to meals that proves that pasta can be a healthy option, too!
This post was originally published on 10.24.2018. It was updated with fresh images and helpful tips on 10.27.2020.
The key to making a healthy pasta is in what you prepare WITH the noodles themselves. Pasta on it’s own is really a very simple food, made from wheat flour and water.
If you’ve been a long-time reader, you know that one of my all-time favourite foods is pasta. I know pasta can sometimes get a bad rap, but I think it’s one of the easiest and most delicious ways to get in tons of nutrients. And this is coming from a registered dietitian 😉
Especially for someone who is a beginner cook or just starting to incorporate more veggies into their diet, pasta that’s packed with vegetables and paired with an easy protein (like garlic prawns) is such a simple, healthy dinner or lunch option.
BONUS: It’s one of the best ways to use up any vegetables that are going bad in your fridge!
How To Make A Healthy Pasta
You can use any pasta shape you like for this recipe. Or, experiment with whole grain pastas (like brown rice/quinoa) or bean/lentil pastas that are higher in protein. These options are usually gluten-free, if needed.
Prawns (shrimp) are a great source of lean protein, and I always try to keep a pack of frozen ones in my freezer. They take just minutes to de-frost and can be cooked in under 5 minutes.
For the veggies, try choosing ones that are in season and that can be sautéed quickly – I always like using leafy greens like spinach or kale, zucchini, tomatoes, bell peppers, or broccoli. You can also throw in frozen veggies, too!
Fresh herbs like chopped basil, parsley, and thyme are awesome ways to add flavour and extra greens.
Finally, a touch of freshly grated parmesan reggiano (or nutritional yeast if you don’t eat dairy) is the perfect way to finish!
Possible Variations To This Recipe
While I love the flavour combination of the specific recipe below, feel free to follow the tips above and adjust this dish to meet your unique needs and preferences.
Try experimenting with different types of pastas, and use any veggies or greens you have on hand. The opportunities are endless!
How To Store & Reheat This Recipe
Leftovers of this recipe will keep for up to 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge.
You can reheat them in the microwave or on the stovetop.
More Healthy Pasta Recipes
- Basil Walnut Pesto Linguine With Shrimp
- Pan Seared Scallops & Zucchini Noodle Pasta
- Mediterranean Canned Mackerel Pasta
- Roasted Red Pepper Cashew Cream Pasta
- Winter Pasta Salad With Roasted Vegetables
- Pasta With Vegan Cashew Cream Tomato Sauce
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Get the Recipe: Pasta With Veggies, Zoodles, Spinach & Garlic Prawns
- Approx. 170 g pasta (enough for 2 people; choose gluten-free alternative if needed)
- 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1.5 cups cherry tomatoes
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1 large zucchini, spiralized (or 2 small)
- Approx. 18 medium-to-large prawns (shrimp)
- 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
- 1/2 a lemon, juice only (optional)
- Salt + pepper, to taste
- Freshly grated Parmesan Reggiano or nutritional yeast (dairy-free alternative)
- Bring a pot of water to boil and cook pasta according to package directions. Drain when done.
- Using a spiralizer, make noodles out of zucchini. If you don't have a spiralizer, you can use a vegetable peeler to make zucchini "ribbons," or just chop the zucchini into 1-inch pieces (see note).
- Heat a large pan over medium and add 2 Tbsp olive oil, minced garlic, and oregano. Sauté for a minute, then add tomatoes and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add spinach and cook until spinach is wilted.
- Heat another pan over medium-high heat and add remaining Tbsp of olive oil. Once hot, cook prawns for 1-2 minutes on each side. Prawns are cooked once they turn pink and opaque. Remove from heat once done.
- Add zucchini noodles, drained pasta, and fresh basil to the large pan with tomatoes and spinach. Stir together for 2 mins, adjusting spices to taste.
- Serve pasta and top with prawns, lemon juice, freshly grated parmesan reggiano, and an extra drizzle of olive oil as desired. Enjoy immediately!