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Spaghetti with green sauce in a low grey bowl garnished with shredded parmesan, fresh basil, chili flakes, and lemon.

Spinach Green Pasta Sauce

  • Author: Veronika | thehealthfulideas
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 1x
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This green pasta sauce is blended and ready in minutes, all you gotta do is cook your spaghetti, sautee some onion, and warm up your sauce!


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup milk of choice (I like cashew milk here)
  • ¼ cup vegetable stock (or water/more milk)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 140g baby spinach (1 box, approx. 4 cups packed)
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves
  • ½ tsp tapioca starch (or cornstarch)
  • ¼ tsp chili flakes
  • ¼ tsp sea salt (plus more to taste)
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil (or other cooking oil)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 8 oz spaghetti
  • A squeeze of lemon (optional but recommended, approx. 1 tsp)
  • ½ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese (or parmesan, plus more for serving)
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Add the milk, vegetable stock, garlic, baby spinach, fresh basil, tapioca starch, chili flakes, and sea salt to a high speed blender and blend until smooth. The sauce will be thin but will thicken as it cooks later.
  2. Heat a pan over medium-high heat and add the finely chopped onion and sea salt. Cook, stirring often for 5-7 minutes until translucent.
  3. Add a splash of vegetable stock or water to the pan before adding the sauce to deglaze so the milk doesn’t burn. Pour in the blended sauce and stir.
  4. Let the sauce simmer on medium heat for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
  5. While the sauce is simmering, cook the spaghetti according to package instructions.
  6. Reserve ½ cup of the pasta water and drain and rinse the spaghetti.
  7. Add them to the sauce along with a squeeze of lemon, and toss gently to combine. Add pasta water as needed.
  8. Serve with more Pecorino, black pepper, or more chili flakes if desired.

Notes

Saltiness: Pecorino is a very salty cheese so I only add ¼ tsp of salt to the sauce. If you’re using parmesan or no cheese at all, I recommend adding a pinch more salt or ½ tsp.

No cheese: To make this sauce completely vegan or vegetarian, you can substitute the pecorino with nutritional yeast. Add 2 tbsp to the sauce and add more as needed to taste for serving.

Lemon: The lemon is added to bring freshness and a little bit of acidity to the sauce. You can skip it if you don’t have any lemon or substitute it with ½ tsp balsamic vinegar which is different but really good.

Storing: Store the pasta in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. Add to a large pan with a splash of water to reheat. If it’s regular pasta, it should be ok. If it’s gluten-free, it might fall apart a little when you warm it up.

Keywords: green pasta sauce

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