Tagliatelles à la spiruline aux légumes, shiitake, spaghetti de mer et crevettes

I have been quite excited today, I managed to prepare this colorful pasta dish and my parents really liked it. I was not expecting such a reaction from two traditional Italians eating a pasta dish that has nothing to do with Italian flavors. I went shopping to La Vie Saine which is a healthy and organic supermarket with lots of unusual products, and I just wanted to see what those green tagliatelle tasted like. Their color comes from the Spirulina which, in the US is mainly a seaweed used as a dietary tablet supplement. Spirulina is very high in protein much more than any type of legume.

In addition to the spirulina tagliatelle, I used a specific seaweed, mainly found in Brittany coast (Roscoff area) called Himanthalia Elongata and has a very high vitamin C content. Unlike most other seaweed, it’s not produced in Japan. It’s basically a brown seaweed that has the form of  big button where long stems start their ramification.

I really loved this pasta, it’s colorful and absolutely delicious. Now I am curious to see if it’s available in the US. Upon my return, I will start my spirulina pasta hunting! I am always excited to see the new trends in France, even though you still have a traditional cuisine, new trends are arising and I noticed that la cuisine aux algues (seaweed cooking) is getting quite popular. Of course, not among the traditional eaters, but among adventurous eaters, interested in a new and healthy cuisine.

Ingredients for 4

  • 1 tsp ginger, grated
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 350 g spirulina tagliatelle
  • 2 carrots, sliced lengthwise in a ribbon
  • 1 zucchini, sliced lengthwise in ribbons
  • 1 cup shiitake mushrooms, diced
  • Sea spaghetti seaweed
  • 1/3 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup shrimps
  • salt and pepper


In a pan, heat olive oil. Add garlic and ginger. Stir and add shiitake, cook for about minutes, then add the rest of vegetables. Let the zucchini soften but do not overcook or they’ll break.

Soak sea spaghetti in cold water for about 15 minutes, then boil them in water for another 15 minutes or until they get soft. Drain and set aside.

Add sea spaghetti to the vegetables and stir. Add shrimps and broth, salt and pepper.

Cook pasta in salted boiling water until al dente. Drain and add to the pan of vegetables. Stir well and serve.