Orange Mint Pasta – A Light and Fresh Citrus Mint Pairing!

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This Orange Mint Pasta is the Perfect Pasta Recipe for Spring and Summer!

Orange Mint Pasta Recipe - This citrus pasta recipe is a refreshing and light dinner idea that makes the perfect spring pasta recipe and summer pasta recipe! Though I do love it all year long as dinner and side dish! | The Love Nerds

I started this post off by saying that this Orange Mint Pasta is the perfect Spring pasta or Summer pasta, because it is, but really I love it all year long. In fact, the first time I enjoyed this recipe was in winter. A friend made it for us when we went over to her house for dinner, and it was such a light, refreshing pasta recipe that I immediately became obsessed!

In the summer, it’s a lighter pasta dish without a heavy sauce. In winter, it offers a cheery, refreshing taste of citrus that makes you think warmer weather. Because I’m the kind of person that always thinks sunshine and beaches while enjoying citrus. It just makes me feel brighter.

Orange Mint Pasta Recipe - This citrus pasta recipe is a refreshing and light dinner idea that makes the perfect spring pasta recipe and summer pasta recipe! Though I do love it all year long as dinner and side dish! | The Love Nerds

You hear orange and mint together for a pasta dish and might be skeptical at first, especially if you think about taking a sip of orange juice after you brushed your teeth. But that horrible combination doesn’t derive from fresh mint. Fresh Mint and Orange make a delicious, refreshing pair.

Lime and mint are definitely the more popular combination, just take a look at this tasty Mojito Water, but give orange and mint a try. They’ve been given a bad rap! The orange offers a wonderful tangy flavor while the mint adds a wonderfully refreshing touch.

Orange Mint Pasta Recipe - This citrus pasta recipe is a refreshing and light dinner idea that makes the perfect spring pasta recipe and summer pasta recipe! Though I do love it all year long as dinner and side dish! | The Love Nerds

This is one of those recipes that immediately becomes a favorite for in our household because it feels upscale, tastes delicious, but only takes around 15 minutes of cook time. We are short on time but even a frozen pizza takes longer to make. Isn’t homemade worth it when it came be made that quickly with fresh ingredients?

The best part? Serve this up for friends and family, like our friend did, and they will surely be impressed.

Orange Mint Pasta Recipe - This citrus pasta recipe is a refreshing and light dinner idea that makes the perfect spring pasta recipe and summer pasta recipe! Though I do love it all year long as dinner and side dish! | The Love Nerds

Orange Mint Pasta Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Ingredients
  • 1 box fettuccini noodles
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 6 tbsp orange zest
  • 3 tsp finely shredded fresh mint
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¾ c freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ½ c fresh parmesan
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta based on box directions.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet.
  3. Stir in orange zest and mint (save just a little for a garnish if desired) as well as salt and pepper (I start with a pinch of salt and 4 turns of my pepper grinder to start. You can add more later if desired.). Only cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Pour in orange juice and cook until it's reduced to about half it's volume and has thickened slightly. Remove skillet from heat source.
  5. When pasta is cooked al dente, drain it and then toss in the sauce.
  6. Top with grated cheese and any remaining zest and mint as a garnish.

 Orange Mint Pasta Recipe - This citrus pasta recipe is a refreshing and light dinner idea that makes the perfect spring pasta recipe and summer pasta recipe! Though I do love it all year long as dinner and side dish! | The Love Nerds

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