Simple Herb Pasta | Nutrition Stripped
Eat Well Jan. 22. 2019

Simple Herb Pasta

Jan. 22. 2019
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped® and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

Looking for a healthy and simple herb pasta? Make this the next time you’re looking for a quick dinner.

This simple herb pasta truly is so simple to make using fresh herbs that you probably have in your kitchen already, lemon, garlic, salt, and pepper. Along with fresh dill and parsley, this pasta is a great side dish to make with any dinner.

If you want to make this pasta side an entree or a main dish, then simply serve it with a side salad or a side of roasted or steamed vegetables to boost the fiber — you can also add those right to the pasta itself — and a protein of your choice.

Why You Should Use More Herbs In Cooking

Most people think of adding parsley as an optional ingredient to most recipes or using it only as a garnish. If that’s you too then you might be missing out on some nutrients and delicious flavor!

Infusing flavor, texture, and aroma, fresh herbs are the fabric of a flavorful and well-balanced meal.  Although they’re an optional addition to some recipes, herbs are the finishing touch that ties all ingredients together.

Parlsey and dill are the stars of this simple herb pasta and work well together with lemon, garlic, and olive oil. Like most herbs, surprisingly they contain antioxidants such as vitamin C, which plays a role in our immune system, collagen production, wound healing, and much more.


Vitamin C

The fresh herbs used in this healthy green goddess dressing is dill, parsley, and mint. All of which have their own unique nutrient profile, let’s take parsley, for example, which is rich in vitamin C, which can help support our immune system to ward off the common cold to preventing cancer.

Parsley is also a good source of beta-carotene which has been shown to help reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and diabetes.


Dill helps antioxidants do their job by attaching to oxidized molecules and protecting our bodies from the damage they could do.

The Recipe

Serves 4



1 8-ounce package of dry pasta of your choice

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

Sea salt

Black pepper

1/3 cup fresh dill, chopped

1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons lemon zest

Juice of 1 lemon


Cook the pasta using package instructions.

Step 1

In a skillet on medium heat, add olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes or until the garlic is fragrant.

Step 2

In a large serving platter or bowl if you’re not serving all at once, add the cooked pasta, cooked garlic and olive oil mixture, and all remaining ingredients in the recipe.

Toss the pasta until it’s coated in all the ingredients. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.


Serve with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast or Cheesy Dust, kite hill cheese, or add more vegetables of your choice.

Have Leftovers? Here’s What To Do With Them:

As always, store in an airtight glass container that we recommend from the NS Shop, in the fridge for one week.

Reheat upon serving.

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