Summer Greens Pasta with Garlicky Mustard Butter

So easy and festive, you wonít believe it: Just chop up some seasonal greens and throw them into the boiling water at the very end of your pasta’s cooking time. The secret is the luscious garlicky mustard butter you toss with the pasta and greens to give the dish its intensely luscious flavor. Get ready to serve up some heart-loving, mineral-rich goodness with this simple Summer Greens Pasta.

1 stick organic butter or to taste (some folks find this amount to be too much)
2 tablespoons Dijon or country-style mustard
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons parsley, finely minced
2 tablespoons finely snipped chives or minced scallions
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
3/4 pound pasta of your choice
4 cups assorted fresh greens, well-washed, and coarsely chopped. These may include Swiss chard, spinach, turnip greens, broccoli rabe, curly mustard, collards, or whatever is fresh

1. Allow the butter to soften, then blend with mustard.

2. Remove skin from garlic, chop coarsely, and pulverize in a mortar with a pinch of salt. Add parsley and chives and continue to pulverize for a little while to allow flavors to be released.

3. Combine garlic-chive mixture with mustard butter and add a few grinds of pepper.

4. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil and add pasta. Cook according to package directions and in the last couple of minutes of cooking, add the greens. When done, drain pasta and greens in a colander, then place in a large heavy-bottomed skillet.

5. Heat pasta and greens over medium heat with the prepared butter, tossing until well-coated. Be sure not to allow the butter to brown. Serve hot.

Serves 4.

Inspired by The Tassajara Recipe Book, by Edward Espe Brown (Shambhala, 1985).


Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey5 years ago

A stick of butter is 1/2 cup in the U.S. or an actual stick(8 Tablespoons).

This recipe looks positively delicious. I copied and pasted it into my recipe file.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago

Great recipe. Thanks.

Howard C.
.5 years ago

Thank you for the receipe and thanks for the explanation regarding how much a 'stick of butter' is. I will be making this soon!

federico bortoletto

Grazie per la ricetta. Lo proverò senz'altro.

J.L. A.
j A5 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

Sounds good.

Rosalind R.
Rosalind R7 years ago

Sounds delicious! Can't wait to try it. Thanks for the recipe.

Danielle F.
Danielle F8 years ago

1 stick of butter= 113 g; so about half of a 250 gram block as Jane B mentioned

Danielle V.
Danielle V10 years ago

I am highlighting this recipe for my Meatless Monday feature. Sounds so good.

Be well and enjoy the day