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Green Vegetarian Carbonara

December 19, 2011

Look at that… it’s Monday! The weekend has been super fun with friends visiting, comedy club, dancing, sushi, sake, and all that jazz. It is, after all, New York! But, after so much action, I needed a night at home with some home-cooked food and some couch-coziness.  So, I decided to try a recipe I saw a few days ago on one of my favorite food blogs: I changed it up a little bit; made it vegetarian and became a little experimental… I switched out parsley for cilantro (Chinese parsley). I know, a little risky, but it actually turned out really good, delicious, and… green! A great way to eat vegetables in a super delicious way: in between pasta and a bit of Parmesan cheese.

You need:

  • 1 pound (frozen) green beans, trimmed and diced, into 2″ pieces
  • 1 cup (frozen) spinach
  • 1/2 pound whole wheat fusilli (or other small shaped pasta)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro (or parsley, whichever you prefer!), stems removed
  •  3 scallions
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and peper


1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. While the water comes to a boil, saute the the green beans and chopped spinach, and cook until the green beans and the spinach is fully cooked. Remove the vegetables from the pan with a slotted spoon and reserve.

2. When the water hits a rolling boil, add the pasta and cook according to package directions until al dente.

3. While the pasta cooks, combine the eggs, olive oil, parsley, scallions, cheese, salt, and black pepper to your food processor or blender and puree until smooth.

4. Pour this dressing into a large bowl and add the very hot, drained pasta on top. Toss well to coat (the heat from the pasta will cook the eggs). Add the green beans, spinach, and toss to distribute.

5. Eat it like this or transfer the mix to a large pan and cook over high heat quickly for 1 or 2 minutes, stirring constantly so it doesn’t get overcooked or burnt. Serve immediately.



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One Comment
  1. Mmmmh! Delicious! Now, how come I don’t have someone to cook for me?? 🙂

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