Pasta Kürbiskernpesto mit Salat

20 min
High protein
Pumpkin is in season, but what to do with the pumpkin seeds? Pumpkin seeds are rich in antioxidants, iron, zinc and magnesium. Did you know that pumpkin seeds are an absolute flavour carrier when preparing a pasta pesto?

Good to know upfront

Total: 20 minPrep: 5 minCook: 15 min3 packagings saved

Vegetables & fruits

0.5 Lemon
Parsley / Purslane


Spelt Pasta
Pumpkin seeds
Dried Tomatoes
Nutritional Yeast


2 tablespoons Olive oil
Salt & pepper

Pasta Kürbiskernpesto mit Salat


1. Pour hot water over the dried tomatoes.

2. In a frying pan, toast the pumpkin seeds, stirring, until they puff up and begin to crackle. Set aside 1 tablespoon of the seeds. Place the remaining pumpkin seeds in a blender.

3. Coarsely chop ½ bunch of parsley/portulak. Drain the water from the dried tomatoes and chop them. Add the parsley/portulak, nutritional yeast and dried tomatoes to the blender with the pumpkin seeds. Add the olive oil and blend until smooth (don’t worry if not completely smooth yet, as in the next step you will add extra water). Season the pesto with lemon juice, salt and pepper.

4. In a large pan, boil plenty of water for the spelt pasta. Cook the pasta al dente. Remove 40ml of the pasta cooking water and mix the pesto with it until creamy.

5. Drain the pasta, then mix with the pesto. Arrange on plates and sprinkle with the remaining pumpkin seeds.


1. Grate the carrots in fine pieces with a grater or sharp knife (if you have a food processor, shred the carrots in a food processor). Chop ½ bunch of parsley/portulak finely. Mix together.

2. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the juice of ½ lemon. Bring to taste with salt & pepper.


When it comes to storage, this meal can be stored in the fridge for up to three days. If you find that the pesto has dried out a bit, simply add a splash of water to revive it before serving. This will help to bring back the fresh and vibrant flavors of the dish.

Fun fact

Did you know that pumpkin seeds, which are a key ingredient in the pesto, are an excellent source of protein and healthy fats? They're also high in magnesium, which is important for bone health and may even help to improve mood and reduce anxiety. So not only is this pasta pumpkin seed pesto delicious, it's also good for you!

Enjoy your Happie Meal!