Mint Pesto Edamame Pasta with Summer Squash

This mint pesto edamame pasta with summer squash recipe makes for a delicious dinner! Gluten-free and vegan.This post is sponsored by Explore Cuisine. All opinions—as always!—are my own.

Hello from New Jersey! I’m at Joe’s mom’s place for the weekend so there’s no meal prepping for the week ahead going on for me today (or, honestly, any Sunday in the summer). However if you’re planning to get busy in the kitchen today, I highly suggest you whip up a big batch of this mint pesto edamame pasta with summer squash. Store the leftover pesto in the fridge and enjoy it spread on toast, roasted veggies and pastas all week long. Bonus: this recipe is dairy-free and gluten-free.

Be sure to scroll down after you check out the recipe—I’ve got a delicious giveaway for you today!

This mint pesto edamame pasta with summer squash recipe makes for a delicious dinner! Gluten-free and vegan. This mint pesto edamame pasta with summer squash recipe makes for a delicious dinner! Gluten-free and vegan.

This recipe would work with any pasta or pasta alternative you choose, but I highly recommend you give Explore Cuisine‘s Edamame Spaghetti a try. We love it in our apartment! Joe is skeptical of everything and kept asking me, “What’s in this? Why is it so good?” but it’s just made with one simple ingredient: organic edamame. Not only is it easy to cook with (same texture as regular spaghetti), but it’s high in fiber (11g per serving) and protein (24g per serving), vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and organic. If you have a gluten allergy or just otherwise are looking for a pasta alternative, give Explore Cuisine a try!

This mint pesto edamame pasta with summer squash recipe makes for a delicious dinner! Gluten-free and vegan.

Mint Pesto Edamame Pasta with Summer Squash

Yield: 4 servings

Mint Pesto Edamame Pasta with Summer Squash


  • 8 oz edamame spaghetti (1 box of Explore Cuisine)
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2-1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Mint Pesto:*
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. Prepare all the ingredients. Wash the produce. Remove ends of the squash and zucchini and slice into 1/4" rounds. If large in diameter, cut the rounds in half. Remove the mint and basil leaves from their stems. Peel and mince two of the cloves of garlic (to be used with the squash).
  2. While the water comes to a boil, make the pesto. Place all listed pesto ingredients and half the olive oil in a food processor and pulse until the nuts are finely chopped. Slowly add in the remaining olive oil as you process until you reach the desired consistency. Set the pesto aside.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. As you wait, heat 1/2-1tbsp of olive oil on a large pan over medium-high heat. Add in the minced garlic and stir until fragrant and the garlic just starts to turn golden in color. Add in the squash and zucchini and sauté for 4-6 mins (until soft, but not mushy). Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper. You don't want to add the salt while the squash cooks or it'll get too watery.
  4. When the water boils, add in the edamame spaghetti. Bring to a simmer for 3-5 minutes. Strain. For al dente texture, I like to run it under cold water while I strain.
  5. Add spaghetti to pan with squash and mix together. Add on the pesto. Enjoy!


*I usually don't use all the pesto and have some leftover which I store in the refrigerator and enjoy spread on toast the next day. 🙂

This mint pesto edamame pasta with summer squash recipe makes for a delicious dinner! Gluten-free and vegan.

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This mint pesto edamame pasta with summer squash recipe makes for a delicious dinner! Gluten-free and vegan.

Big thanks to Explore Cuisine for sponsoring this giveaway! In addition to their Edamame Pasta, I was sent a beautiful Pastaiola Pasta Set from Lagostina in which to cook this recipe and I absolutely love it! You can follow Explore Cuisine on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  2. Laura S says:

    I love them all, my favorite would have to be a good alfredo sauce! Pasta is definitely my favorite food!

  3. My favorite pasta sauce is marinara.

  4. This looks so good!

  5. I love puttanesca sauce (minus the anchovies)!

  6. willgriesmer says:

    I love marinara.

  7. My favorite pasta sauce is vodka sauce.

  8. Lindsay Bade says:

    I love alfredo the best!

  9. it’s a toss up for me between classic pesto and a spicy arrabiata sauce – just depends on my mood 🙂

  10. carol clark says:

    marinara is my fav pasta sauce but i love them all

  11. Arrabiata! Yum!

  12. For me, it’s basil and walnut pesto with angel hair pasta.

  13. Marinara is my ultimate fav.

  14. Nikki Coolman says:

    My family’s old recipes for our Italian Restaurant. The restaurant “turns” 50 this year! Penne with half Tomato sauce (marinara) and half Creamy Cheese (Alfredo) sauce. The pesto looks amazing, yum!

  15. I definitely need a big bowl of pasta now. I love pesto, especially when basil is so fresh during the summer!

  16. I love pesto in the summer. But I think my all-time fav is a spicy marinara, the type you find in pasta fra diavolo…yum!

  17. This looks great, I will make it with my bumper crop of squash, she said hopefully! Saved!

  18. My favorite pasta sauce is arrabiata sauce!

  19. I love Rao’s when I’m getting anything quick to put together. But if making at home, I love a good bolognese.

  20. Natalie Hocker says:

    My fav is Alfredo

  21. I love any sauce, but especially pesto!

  22. Pesto, if you asked the child version of me it would be alfredo!

  23. Pesto for sure! Mint in the pesto sounds delicious.

  24. LaReesa Sandretsky says:

    I LOVE PESTO! I can’t wait to try this recipe – making it tonight. I have pine nuts so I’m going to use those and I don’t have much basil so I’ll probably add some spinach. My favorite pasta sauce is tomato though – I just love tomatoes in any form. If you’ve never tried Smitten Kitchen’s angel hair pasta with raw tomato sauce DO IT NOW. So good.

  25. Love pesto! We’ve been experimenting with cheese-free versions, which due to our low pantry supply often ends up being just basil, garlic, and olive oil. Still good!

  26. Shoshana Rose says:

    Arrabiatta sauce is my favorite!

  27. amylou61 says:

    Marinara is my favorite pasta sauce.

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