This vibrant spinach green sauce pasta is the most delicious way to get your greens in! Make it tonight for an easy dinner, or meal prep it for a week of eats.

Spinach Green Sauce Pasta - Daisybeet

Is there anything more comforting than a warm bowl of pasta? All you need is your favorite sauce to make it into a quick and easy meal.

I love pretty much all pasta sauces, including marinara, pestos, creamy sauces, and cheesy sauces. If you are also a pasta sauce fanatic, you’ve got to try this spinach green sauce pasta!

This sauce gets its vibrant green hue from spinach, and there is a whole lot of it! You’ll blend an entire bag of spinach into this sauce, along with other yummy ingredients including basil, parmesan cheese, and garlic. It has pesto vibes, but it’s a bit lighter and less oily.

Spinach Green Sauce Pasta - Daisybeet

What’s in spinach green sauce pasta?

Here’s a list of every ingredient you need to make this recipe. You need less than 10, and it comes together in under 30 minutes.

  • Pasta: I used rigatoni with grooves, which helps the sauce stick to the noodles. You can use your favorite kind of pasta, but I recommend something with grooves, curves or ridges. Fusilli, cavatappi, and rotini would all work well.
  • Spinach: This sauce recipe includes a whole bag of baby spinach.
  • Basil: You’ll add a handful of slightly sweet and mild flavored fresh basil to add a little flavor complexity to the sauce. Feel free to experiment with other fresh herbs.
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Garlic
  • Lemon juice
  • Olive oil
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Salt
  • Pepper
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How to make spinach green sauce pasta

  • Blanch spinach and basil in boiling water.
  • Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  • Saute garlic and red pepper flakes in olive oil.
  • Add blanched spinach and basil, garlic and oil, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper to a food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Toss with cooked pasta. Sprinkle with more shredded mozzarella, if desired.
Spinach Green Sauce Pasta - Daisybeet

Tips for making this recipe perfectly

  • Quickly blanch the spinach and basil before blending them into the sauce. Blanching brightens the color of the greens, locks in flavor, and helps retain nutrients. To blanch, simply add spinach and basil to boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove using tongs or a slotted spoon, and immediately put the blanched greens in an ice bath until blending into the sauce.
  • Reserve pasta cooking water. Add in a few tablespoons of pasta water when tossing the pasta with the sauce. The starches in the pasta water help the sauce stick to the noodles and coat them evenly.
  • Use the freshest and highest quality ingredients you can find. Since this recipe relies on so few ingredients, you should use the best quality ingredients to really let the flavors shine.
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Spinach Green Sauce Pasta

This vibrant spinach green sauce pasta is the most delicious way to get your greens in! Make it tonight for an easy dinner, or meal prep it for a week of eats.

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: serves 46 1x
  • Category: main dish
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Ingredients

  • 6 oz bag of baby spinach
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1 lb rigatoni pasta
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 large cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • 1.5 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Prepare an ice bath with ice and water in a large bowl.
  2. Add spinach and basil to boiling water and cook for 30 seconds. Use tongs or a slotted spoon to quickly transfer to the blanched greens to the ice bath. Set aside.
  3. Keep the water boiling, and add the pasta. Cook according to package instructions.
  4. While the pasta cooks, heat olive oil in a skillet over low-medium heat. Add sliced garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring occasionally, while the pasta cooks, being careful not to burn the garlic.
  5. To make the sauce, add the blanched spinach and basil, sauteed garlic and olive oil, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, and a generous shake of salt and pepper to a food processor or blender. Blend until completely smooth, with very little chunks remaining. Sauce will be quite liquidy.
  6. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water. Return the pasta to the hot pot or a large mixing bowl.
  7. Pour sauce over the pasta and add a few tablespoons of the reserved pasta water. Toss well to distribute the sauce so that each noodle is evenly coated.
  8. Serve immediately, with shredded parmesan cheese if desired. 

Notes

  • This pasta tastes good cold and keeps well in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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