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White bowl with tortiglioni pasta covered in green pesto topped with cherry tomato halves and sprinkled with yellow flakes. A small white dish is int the corner with the remaining pesto

Vegan Spinach Pesto Pasta (Nut-free)

This is one of the easiest, quickest vegan pasta recipe you can imagine. If you are short on time, this recipe is what you need! Take a handful of fresh spinach and basil leaves, cook some pasta and enjoy your spinach pesto pasta in 15 minutes! Even quicker if you have any store-bough vegan pesto at your convenience.
Course Condiment, Sauce
Cuisine Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Italian, Nut-free, Soy-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword spinach pesto pasta, vegan pesto pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 567kcal


Vegan Spinach Pesto (it yields 4 Tbsp - exactly how much you need for 2 servings)

Pesto Pasta

  • 4 oz Pasta
  • 4 Tbsp Pesto
  • cup Reserved cooking water


Making pesto at home

  • Wash basil and spinach leaves. Peel garlic. Measure the other ingredients.
  • Take a food processor and add all ingredients. Stop and scrape the sides from time to time. Blend until you get a thick, stiff paste-like consistency with a little chunkiness.
  • If you want to make it for 2 servings (approx. 4 Tbsp pesto), we recommend using the immersion blender with a narrow but tall container as the container of your food processor might be too big to make such a small amount of pesto.

Mix pasta and pesto

  • Take a skillet or frying pan and heat it on low/medium heat.
  • Add the cooked and drained pasta.
  • Add the pesto on top with a bit of pasta cooking water. Mix while you warm them up on medium heat.
  • At first it may seem that the pesto is too thin because of the cooking water, but as the dissolved starch in the cooking water is activated, it coats the pasta nicely and evenly. If you don't add the cooking water, you will start to cook essentially the pesto. It can results in the fresh green leaves of basil and spinach turning brownish.



If you want more information about What else to do with Pesto if it is not pasta? or How to use a mortar? or What can you substitute for the different ingredients, visit our Vegan Spinach Pesto for all these additional info.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 567kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 311mg | Potassium: 418mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2048IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 3mg