• 22 Ratings

Top this fresh vegetarian pasta recipe with a homemade cilantro pesto for a 30-minute meal that will use up plenty of farmers market finds.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


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Recipe Summary

30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Cook pasta according to package directions, adding zucchini and carrots the last 5 minutes of cooking time. Drain; reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water. Return pasta to pan.

Instructions Checklist
  • For pesto, peel and quarter one orange. In a food processor combine orange quarters, olive oil, the 1 cup cilantro, the reserved pasta water, salt, dry mustard, garlic, and crushed red pepper. Peel and chop remaining orange. Toss together pasta, pesto, and chopped orange. If desired, top with additional cilantro and orange peel.

Nutrition Facts

518 calories; total fat 28g; saturated fat 4g; polyunsaturated fat 3g; monounsaturated fat 20g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 644mg; potassium 618mg; carbohydrates 58g; fiber 6g; sugar 11g; protein 10g; trans fatty acid 0g; vitamin a 91IU; vitamin c 1mg; thiamin 1mg; riboflavin 0mg; niacin equivalents 5mg; vitamin b6 0mg; folate 210mcg; vitamin b12 0mcg; calcium 91mg; iron 4mg.


22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 1 stars
RUN AWAY!!! BLECCHH! CONSIDER YOURSELF WARNED. This is the worst recipe I have ever made. The recipe looks good, but the flavors are not balanced end don't work together. If you are determined to make this, I have a few suggestions. If you use fresh garlic, be sure to temper the garlic in a tiny bit of lemon juice first. The garlic flavor was overpowering ( and no, I didn't use more than the recipe called for). Also, use an oil like canola or avocado that doesn't have a strong flavor, rather than using olive oil. Olive oil and cilantro do not pair well together. Finally, use a little less orange when making the pesto and add more as needed to taste and to get the consistency you want. The pesto was way too liquidy. All I could taste was olive oil, orange, and garlic. The lovely cilantro flavor was totally drowned out. We could not get this down and it went into the garbage disposal. No one liked it at all. Remarks included "Oh, my gosh, this is horrible. This is the worst," etc. I created an account to post this review because I feel a duty to warn people. It's not just that the recipe isn't good; it's that it is AWFUL.