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Creamy Green Leek & Pea Pasta

25 min

Meal

This creamy and delicious green pasta doesn't take much effort to whip together. It makes a pretty big batch too, so it can be enjoyed with the whole family, or pack up any leftovers for a tasty next-day lunch or dinner.

Servings

Total

25 min

Prep

10 min

Cook

15 min

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Ingredients

  • 1
    leek
  • 4
    cloves garlic
  • 2
    stalks green onion
  • 1
    jalapeño, seeds removed
  • 1
    large broccoli
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    olive oil
  • 1 tsp (6 g)
    salt
  • 1½ cups (201 g)
    frozen green peas
  • ⅔ cup (127 g)
    frozen spinach
  • ½ tsp
    dried basil
  • ¼ tsp
    dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp
    dried mint leaves (optional)
  • 4 cups (300 g)
    dry fusilli pasta
  • 1 cup (240 mL)
    soy cooking cream
  • ½
    lemon, juiced

Optional garnish

  • fresh basil
  • lemon slice

Directions

  1. Prepare the leek by cutting off the root and the overly fibrous green parts. Cut the leek in half, wash in between the layers thoroughly, and then thinly slice the leek. Thinly slice the garlic and green onions, and mince the jalapeño.
  2. Cut the stem off the head of broccoli. Cutaway the fibrous outer layer. Chop the remaining stem and green tops of the broccoli into small bite-sized pieces, but keep them separated.
  3. To a large pot on high heat, add the oil. When hot, add in the leek, broccoli stems, garlic, green onion, jalapeño, and salt. Cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Then add the peas, spinach, basil, oregano, and mint, cooking for another 5 - 6 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the package instructions, adding the broccoli florets in the last couple of minutes.
  6. Just before draining the noodles and broccoli, scoop out ½ cup (120 mL) cooking water from pasta and add to the pan with the vegetables.
  7. Add the cooking cream to the pan with the vegetables, and stir to combine.
  8. You can leave this pasta sauce chunky, or make it smooth by blending it using an immersion blender or standing blender. We chose to blend about half of our sauce, making it part-chunky and part-smooth.
  9. Add the drained pasta and broccoli to the sauce, and toss to coat.
  10. Add the lemon juice, and serve while hot. Garnish as desired. Enjoy!

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Grains & Starches 54%

dry fusilli pasta

Proteins 10%

frozen green peas

Fruits & Veggies 36%

leek

clove garlic

stalk green onion

jalapeño

large broccoli

frozen spinach

lemon

Calcium
No significant sources of calcium
Fat

olive oil

soy cooking cream

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Molly - Nov. 30, 2022, 5:13 a.m.

Hi!
I made the pasta yesterday. It's a great recipe. When washing the leek, however, I think I didn't do a very thorough job. It looked clean, and I could not see any brown dirt, so I washed it only briefly. Turns out the pasta was a little gritty when eating. Is it safe to eat (albeit unpleasant)? Or is it best to throw it out?! I still have one serve left :/

Thank you!

PUL Team - Dec. 1, 2022, 4:41 p.m.

Hey Molly, oh no! Dirt often gets trapped within the layers of leeks so we recommend washing them thoroughly even if it looks clean. We've updated the line in the recipe slightly to help others avoid this. Since the dish is cooked it's likely safe to eat, though it's up to you. We hope this helps for now and thank you for taking the time to share your experience with the pasta 😊

Molly - Dec. 3, 2022, 1:18 p.m.

Thanks for your response... I ended up not eating that add serve.. i was fine other than that it felt gritty to eat. Have noted that it needs to be washed properly even if it looks clean..I might skip leek next time altogether haha.. thanks heaps for updating the recipe too. I think it will help people new to cooking with leek.

PUL Team - Dec. 3, 2022, 5:27 p.m.

No problem, Molly - omitting the leek is a lovely modification. In case you're interested and haven't seen it yet, you may also enjoy our Speedy Pea & Basil Pesto Pasta for a similar recipe with fewer greens: pickuplimes.com/recipe/speedy… 🙂

Molly - Dec. 3, 2022, 9:50 p.m.

Oo awesome! I had not seen that one. Thank you!


Anu - Aug. 28, 2022, 10:50 p.m.

Love this recipe! Love that it's nutritious and delicious!


Julia - Aug. 15, 2022, 12:39 p.m.

This has become our go-to pasta recipe, my boyfriend and I love it so much! Thank you for your amazing work, we are big fans! :)

PUL Team - Aug. 15, 2022, 9:29 p.m.

So glad it's being enjoyed - thank you, Julia!


Pooja - July 21, 2022, 2:32 a.m.

I cannot believe a pasta which came together in less than 30 minutes with so many veggies can be this tasty 🤤 Thank you for this recipe. It’ll be on rotation for our dinners.

PUL Team - July 21, 2022, 6:20 a.m.

Woop woop! The kind words mean so much, Pooja, thank you 🤗


Mireia - June 11, 2022, 9:29 p.m.

I love this recipe!! I've made this pasta sauce many times and it is absolutely delicious!!

PUL Team - June 15, 2022, 4:09 a.m.

Aw thank you, Mireia, it means so much!


Kim - June 9, 2022, 7:53 p.m.

My boyfriend sometimes mealpreps this recipe for four lunches, he really likes it! We don't change the recipe, except that we sometimes use either chickpea or red lentil pasta to add a bit more protein.

Tastes delicious! :)

PUL Team - June 10, 2022, 9:38 p.m.

Thanks a bunch for taking the time to share, Kim! Chickpea or red lentil pasta sounds lovely 😍


Lindsay - May 23, 2022, 6:49 p.m.

This is delicious - tastes so fresh. I made it with gluten free pasta and lots of fresh herbs. Now added to my ‘make again’ folder.

PUL Team - May 24, 2022, 3:17 a.m.

We're so happy to hear, Lindsay, thank you! A huge compliment 💛


Mandy - May 21, 2022, 11:53 p.m.

I made this for dinner tonight. It is very yummy. Used whole grain penne, because I couldn't find fusilli. I think this is the first time I've cooked with leeks! Exciting! I did add a bit more salt before serving. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

PUL Team - May 23, 2022, 2:56 a.m.

Oh how fun to be introducing leeks! Sounds lovely, Mandy, thank you 😃


Cork - May 8, 2022, 5:29 p.m.

Another amazing recipe!! So tasty and easy to make! I don’t have an immersion blender or standing blender so decided to use my Nutri Ninja blender to blend up half of the veggie mixture.. it worked but I would not recommend as it did result in an explosion of sorts.. 😅 The pasta was still 10/10!! I think maybe even my favourite recipe so far! 💚

PUL Team - May 8, 2022, 8:22 p.m.

Oh, Cork, it means so much! We hope the explosion wasn't too big a cleanup but we're thrilled the pasta was enjoyed ☺️


Claudia - May 1, 2022, 10:45 p.m.

Another delicious meal (: swaped peas for edamame and pasta for chickpea pasta to add extra protein and loved it!

PUL Team - May 2, 2022, 3:03 a.m.

Mmm lovely substitutions, Claudia, thanks for the ideas!


Mahima Kalla - April 25, 2022, 8:54 a.m.

I just tried this... omg it's awesome. I made some modifications: used macaroni pasta(200 gm only), oat evaporated milk instead of soy cream (I think any non dairy milk would go perfectly), and sprinkled nutritional yeast on top. I also used fresh spinach instead of frozen. It turned out very well. I added some extra salt, white pepper, and more mint and basil on top. Thank you for all your amazing recipes. 👏 :)

PUL Team - April 25, 2022, 4:09 p.m.

Thanks a bunch for taking the time to share your experience with the pasta, Mahima!


Menka - April 2, 2022, 11:08 p.m.

Thank you for this recipe! I have been overeating for a long time and now struggle to find recipes that are healthy but filling and satisfying. This one is definitely it! I put two full cups of peas and half the indicated cream and it was still very creamy and smooth.

PUL Team - April 3, 2022, 10:36 p.m.

Hi there, Menka! It can be so challenging to feel satisfied and honour our hunger and fullness cues. It means so much that the pasta is being enjoyed while also being satisfying ☺️


Britta - Feb. 22, 2022, 8 p.m.

Delicious, wholesome and fast recipe, ideal for students at their busy times!

PUL Team - Feb. 23, 2022, 7:28 a.m.

Thank you, Britta, and please let us know if you have any other feedback to help PUL improve 😊


Tony - Feb. 21, 2022, 2:27 p.m.

I wasn't certain how this was going to taste but I'm so glad I gave it a chance! It's a wonderful, creamy recipe that is going to be made when I get my pasta cravings. Thank you, Sadia!

PUL Team - Feb. 21, 2022, 3:34 p.m.

Beyond happy to hear, Tony, we appreciate it so much :)


Zuzana - Feb. 13, 2022, 8:21 p.m.

Quick and yummy way to make anyone eat more greens :) the mint creates really interesting and non-conventional taste! Well done Sadia and the whole PUL team <3

PUL Team - Feb. 14, 2022, 6:53 a.m.

We're so happy to hear the pasta is being enjoyed, Zuzana, thank you!


Anne - Feb. 1, 2022, 4:53 p.m.

My go-to pasta recipe, very simple and delicious! :)


Celina - Jan. 19, 2022, 6:59 p.m.

Super easy and quick to make, creamy, and absolutely delicious 😋

PUL Team - Jan. 21, 2022, 4:53 a.m.

We appreciate it so much, Celina!


Rose - Jan. 15, 2022, 9:48 p.m.

Great recipe and easy to make! 👍


Emily - Jan. 9, 2022, 3:46 a.m.

This recipe quickly became part of our fortnightly meal rotation! It's super easy to make, and absolutely packed with flavour. It's also super forgiving if you use substitutes, or add extra veggies. We tend to add some sweet corn along with the peas for a bit of extra sweetness. Definitely recommend!

PUL Team - Jan. 10, 2022, 2:39 a.m.

We're so happy to hear, Emily! Sweet corn sounds like a delicious addition 😍


Ani - Dec. 31, 2021, 6:15 p.m.

So easy and comforting, even the process of cooking all those greens makes me smile! And it's the recipe that made me give leeks a chance.

PUL Team - Jan. 1, 2022, 5:15 a.m.

So glad it was enjoyed, Ani ✨


Signe - Dec. 5, 2021, 4:18 p.m.

One of my all time favorite comfort meals! So delicious in both taste and texture and really easy to make - I like to serve it with some pan-fried gnocchi, and it's always a big hit!

PUL Team - Dec. 5, 2021, 5:54 p.m.

A massive compliment, Signe, thank you! Pan-fried gnocchi is a lovely idea too 😍


Kaylin - Nov. 8, 2021, 4:40 p.m.

such a wonderful new tasting recipe! Ugh... I just love all your pastas so much. Unfortunately, I think I've now run through all the pastas posted. I love them all and will make them a million times over.

PUL Team - Nov. 9, 2021, 2:18 a.m.

Aw we're so thrilled to hear, Kaylin, thank you! Most of our pasta recipes can be found here: pickuplimes.com/recipe/?sb=pa… Hopefully, soon we can share more of them 😊


Sharon - Oct. 23, 2021, 3:31 p.m.

Hi PUL team Can i store the left over sauce in the freezer?

PUL Team - Oct. 26, 2021, 3:37 a.m.

Hi there, Sharon, we haven't tested it out so we can't say with absolute certainty. We imagine that the soy cooking cream may separate when thawed impacting the texture of the sauce. This tends to be the case with freezing cream-based sauces, although we've had some positive reviews for our One-Pot Creamy Mushroom Pasta if you're interested (pickuplimes.com/recipe/one-po…). If you do test this one out in the freezer though, we'd love to hear how it goes 😊


Nicholette Maslamoney - Oct. 21, 2021, 1:19 p.m.

Hi everyone! I tried the Creamy green leak and pea pasta recipe. Very delicious. I didn't have soy cream so I substituted with some coconut milk. It looks, smells and tastes amazing. Thank you so much!

PUL Team - Oct. 22, 2021, 3:33 a.m.

A lovely substitute, Nicholette, thank you for sharing! So happy the pasta was enjoyed 🤗


Casey - Oct. 12, 2021, 8:25 a.m.

This recipe is really yummy and it's the second time I'm making it! Unfortuneatly the supermarket had no soy cooking cream, so I've had to use vegan sour cream instead. Hopefully it will still be nice!

PUL Team - Oct. 13, 2021, 2:53 a.m.

Hi Casey! We hope the recipe was enjoyed. In case you're interested, full fat coconut milk can be substituted for the cooking cream and may taste more mellow 😊


Ally - Sept. 17, 2021, 4:28 p.m.

One of my all-time favourite recipes!


Nat - Sept. 17, 2021, 7:13 a.m.

This was delicious and simple to make! Lots of greens here. I used frozen broccoli. This would be even tastier with a side of lemon if I hadn’t run out. I’m definitely keeping this one! 9/10! Thank you for your healthy and delicious recipes.

Big Fan,
Nat

PUL Team - Sept. 17, 2021, 5 p.m.

Hi there, Nat! So happy the recipe was enjoyed. A wonderful idea to idea frozen broccoli 🥦


Sabrina - Aug. 21, 2021, 8:10 a.m.

This a recepie from the staple: simple delicious!
I swapped the Broccoli to green beans, and made it with coconutmilk and it was very nice.
I love it because it' s not the usual tomato, Paprika, Curry Mix. IT' s different in taste and Texture.
The herbs do the Trick.
Thanks for a NEW taste experience.

PUL Team - Aug. 24, 2021, 5:38 p.m.

Thank you, Sabrina, for the lovely review! We're so thrilled the pasta was enjoyed 🤗


Clare - Aug. 19, 2021, 9:27 a.m.

My family and I quite enjoyed this dish!


Alexandra - Aug. 12, 2021, 2:51 a.m.

This was so easy and satisfying, and felt so surprisingly light for pasta. It's super swap-friendly, too, and I've made it with whatever veggies and "creams" I had available and it comes out lekker.


Cecilia - Aug. 9, 2021, 11 p.m.

Super easy and delicious recipe! This is one of my regular recipe for dinner / lunch now. For anyone who couldn't find soy cream, you may consider mixing homemade cashew cream and unsweetened organic soy together with a 1 to 1 ratio. :)

PUL Team - Aug. 10, 2021, 4:26 a.m.

We appreciate the substitution trick a bunch, Cecilia, thanks! 😊


Andreea BARBU - Aug. 2, 2021, 11:56 p.m.

I made this dish for my parents who are mostly used to meats cooked the Romanian way, really heavy and tasty so I was afraid they might not enjoy it to the fullest. Not only did they enjoy it but were asking me when I was cooking it again. I love how all the tastes combine, the texture is amazing and the green colour... amazing experience is a dish!

PUL Team - Aug. 5, 2021, 4:09 a.m.

So incredible to hear, Andreea, thanks a bunch for taking the time to share the lovey review!


Michelle - July 29, 2021, 3:44 p.m.

I honestly can't tell you how much I love this pasta recipe!! It's so flavoursome and creamy and to me, it just feels like a warm hug! I made it for my friends once too, and they loved it as well :) It takes me a little more time to make it because of my incredibly slow vegetable cutting, but it's always 100% worth it!!

PUL Team - Aug. 1, 2021, 8:24 a.m.

Aw this means so much, Michelle! Thank you for taking the time to share :)


Jo - July 27, 2021, 4:47 p.m.

I love making this pasta for non-vegans and picky eaters. Great crowd pleaser that has layers of flavor and makes any dinner seem a bit more fancy. I use this recipe all the time!

PUL Team - July 29, 2021, 2:02 a.m.

So glad you're enjoying the pasta, Jo!


Lynne - July 27, 2021, 10:58 a.m.

This has to be one of my favorite recipes on this blog. All the green veggies in this dish make eating pasta for me so guilt free. The lemon gives you that hit of freshness and zest that you don’t want to skip on it. Thank you pickup limes team for make delicious vegan recipes. My non vegan partner raves about this dish and asks me to make it on the regular! 10/10

PUL Team - July 28, 2021, 9:04 p.m.

Oh, Lynne, we appreciate this so much! Thank YOU for being here. It means so much 💚


Anastasia-Laure - July 26, 2021, 9:15 a.m.

I'm a student and this receipe helps me prep a healthy meal for half of my week ! It's really delicious.


Joana Konrad - July 26, 2021, 7:22 a.m.

One of my classic recipes now. It tastes so delicious and is really easy!


Julia - July 26, 2021, 6:25 a.m.

A great budget recipe aaaand a super lovely way to incorporate more green veggies into my everyday meals! It held very well as leftovers for lunches and dinners, and the coconut flavor wasn't too strong but it kept the consistency creamy. Definitely recommend using the lemon juice at the end, it always brightens things up!

PUL Team - July 27, 2021, 7:48 p.m.

We appreciate this so much, Julia, and so happy you enjoyed the pasta 🤩


Katherine Vorster - July 25, 2021, 7:02 p.m.

This is great. Really jam packed full of veggies and so moreish.


Kara - July 25, 2021, 1:59 a.m.

We loved this recipe’s fresh greens and its herbaceousness! And it was really quick to throw together. Yum!


Megan - July 24, 2021, 7:34 p.m.

Original and a nice way to eat a lot of greens !


Sarah - July 23, 2021, 6:29 a.m.

This one is on regular biweekly rotation in our house, so good!


Jenifer - July 17, 2021, 10:36 p.m.

This pasta was simple and very flavorful, we loved the broccoli and mint, and also the touch of spice from the jalapeno. Hearty enough as the main course, and also really good the next day straight from the fridge.

PUL Team - July 18, 2021, 3:23 a.m.

So glad you enjoyed the pasta, Jenifer, the review is so appreciated!


Rebeka - July 14, 2021, 7:24 p.m.

Looking into the ingredients, I really did not have high expectations, but I was curious to try and you bet... My whole family completely loved it! It is extremely tasty and well-worth trying!!

PUL Team - July 18, 2021, 1:25 a.m.

Woo! Super happy to hear your family enjoyed this one, Rebeka, thank you for sharing 🙂


Eva - July 12, 2021, 5:57 p.m.

Super easy and really tasty! This one is part of my regular rotation. Sometimes, I kick it up a notch by adding some baked tofu cubes that were marinated in thyme/other herbs and olive oil, or even some vegan feta.

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 3:36 a.m.

Thanks a bunch for sharing, Eva! Love the additions you shared 🤤


Natasha - July 12, 2021, 11:33 a.m.

Thank you so much for this green pasta recipe 🤤😋🤗 My kids love it, so they get more greens 🥬 without making weird faces and noises 😉😄🤩

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 6:13 a.m.

Hehe aww so glad the little ones are enjoying it! Thank you, Natasha 🌻


Aarika - July 12, 2021, 4:20 a.m.

This is one of my favorite PUL recipes. I make it once a month, and it's such a great way to eat more veggies!

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 4:33 a.m.

So honoured to hear this, Aarika, thanks for taking the time to share 🙂


Launi Sillito - July 11, 2021, 1:24 p.m.

Absolutely love this recipe! I've made it so many times and just keep coming back to it!


Luisa Cantante - July 9, 2021, 10:27 p.m.

Absolutely delicious recipe! I've made this several times and it's one of my favourite pastas ever! It has opened my eyes to so many possible veggie sauces for pasta.


E - July 9, 2021, 4:55 p.m.

I've made this twice– the first time it was amazing and a HUGE hit! The second time it was pretty eh. I don't really know what changed, but I'm planning on giving it another go since it's a great way to get some greens in and so easy. I served some as pasta salad too and that was almost better than having it warm!

PUL Team - July 15, 2021, 2:08 a.m.

Hi E! We're so happy the first time went well. Perhaps ensuring to double-check measurements and use fresh ingredients will help the next time. Pasta salad is a lovely idea too 😍


Cecili - July 9, 2021, 2:24 p.m.

Okay - this is seriously our "go to" meal whenever we're in a pinch for time and want a meat-free meal. The flavour, texture and everything about this is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing!

PUL Team - July 14, 2021, 9:48 p.m.

So happy you're enjoying the pasta, Cecili, thank you!


Shane' - July 9, 2021, 6:10 a.m.

This was really delicious. I was sceptical about the coconut cream but it was so lovely.


Micah - July 8, 2021, 8:21 p.m.

I loved this pasta! I a big fan of green peas, so I used the closer to 2 or 2.5 cups, but overall highly recommend this quick and flavorful pasta!


Sara - July 8, 2021, 5:59 p.m.

This is now my go-to pasta meal. It refrigerators really well, great for meal prep! I like to roast the broccoli in the oven instead of cooking it with the pasta - takes longer but you get some crispy bits and tasty browning that I love.

PUL Team - July 10, 2021, 2:58 p.m.

We're so glad you're enjoying the pasta, Sara!


Rorie - June 18, 2021, 3:27 p.m.

We've made this so many times already!!! And every time it's a hit:) Just so awesome how there is so much nutrition compacted into this one meal, and still tastes amazing. Usually when there is greens in a dish, people don't eat it, but this pasta just about changed that:)
Thanks SO MUCH for this amazing recipe!!

PUL Team - June 21, 2021, 5:47 a.m.

Thank YOU, Rorie, for the glowing review! It's so appreciated 😊


Rowena Ravenclaw - June 16, 2021, 4:16 p.m.

This pasta was so delicious! For substitutions, I used frozen broccoli, Italian seasoning instead of basil and oregano, frozen edamame for the peas and canned full-fat coconut milk for the soy cooking cream. Oh, I also omitted the jalapeño. I enjoyed it so much, thank you!

PUL Team - June 18, 2021, 1:43 a.m.

Love these substitutions, Rowena! Thanks for sharing your review with us 🤩


Cris S - June 5, 2021, 4 p.m.

I find this good if made just for two days!


Beatrice - June 1, 2021, 11:07 a.m.

Hi Sadia,

I cannot find jalapeños where I live (Switzerland), is there another chilly pepper you would recommend?
Thank you a lot for providing swaps in the ingredients, they are super useful to keep following your recipes!

PUL Team - June 5, 2021, 6:37 p.m.

Hi Beatrice! Feel free to substitute the jalapeño for any chili you have access to! Perhaps you may have better luck with Serano or Habanero peppers? If you're finding that tricky, chili flakes or jarred chilis may be other ideas to try if you're looking for a bit of spice 🤗


Sabina - April 18, 2021, 3:23 a.m.

Hi Sadia,
I have made this recipe many times in the past few years. Every time I make it, it tastes better. My husband and kids love it!
Thank you for sharing these nutritious recipes!

PUL Team - April 19, 2021, 3:07 a.m.

Aww we're so happy to hear this, Sabina! Thank you and your family for the support :D


Lelia - April 16, 2021, 9:15 p.m.

I did this recipe for lunch and of course I expected it to be good but it was even better than I imagined. I put 450 g of frozen soy beans (for 5 people) instead of green peas and it was perfect. Thanks for this recipe !

PUL Team - April 19, 2021, 2:16 a.m.

Mmm soy beans sound like a delicious sub! Thank you for sharing, Lelia 🤩


Theodosia - April 15, 2021, 11:19 a.m.

Thanks for sharing a wonderfu healthy green recipe. I was wondering if I can use fresh spinach instead of frozen spinach?

PUL Team - April 16, 2021, 11 p.m.

Hi there Theodosia, feel free to use fresh spinach! We hope you enjoy the pasta 🤩


Siriann - April 7, 2021, 1:55 a.m.

This was my first Pick Up Limes recipe and it did not disappoint. Excellent. New to eating vegetarian/vegan and found your website. Thank you so much for your amazing content and easy to follow recipes/videos. Your interactive website is incredible. Excited and eager to try many many more!! Many thanks.

PUL Team - April 7, 2021, 6:20 a.m.

Ooo we're so happy to hear this, Siriann, it means so much! Thank you for the kind words and support 🥰 Happy cooking!