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Pasta With Green Sauce (Vegan)

This Pasta With Green Sauce (Vegan) uses few ingredients, full of healthy leafy greens. It’s creamy, filling, and yet, delicious! It only takes less than 15 minutes to put it onto the table!

twisted pasta on a fork

This pasta dish is my number one go-to when I don’t feel like too much cooking and washing up. The process is so straightforward. Cook the pasta of choice( I used gluten-free pasta) and stir it through with the homemade kale pesto. If you want this dish to be more luxurious, add some baby spinach or thinly sliced zucchini and asparagus to the pasta. You’ll then have a healthy pasta dish with an extra nutritional boost.

a plate of green sauce pasta

Pasta With Green Sauce

I love my pasta with green sauce. ( Like this Mediterranean Pasta Salad) They are a fantastic way to eat a lot of fresh greens and nutrients. The most commonly used pesto is made with Italian basil. But for this dish, I gonna add one more green, my favorite superfood- Kale. Kale is highly nutritious and associated with several benefits- fiber, antioxidants, calcium, vitamins C and K, iron…etc. It’s perfect to pair with basil and pasta. Even people who don’t like kale won’t feel like they are eating kale.😁

green sauce pasta mixing
This Pasta is amazing!
a plate of pasta with cutlery
Quick, easy, and tasty.

Ingredients we need

The Green Sauce for pasta only requires a few ingredients. Aside from kale and Italian basil, I added some garlic, pine nuts, olive oil, nutritional yeast, plant-based milk, and maple syrup. You do need a powerful blender to make the green sauce for pasta effortlessly,

ingredients list birds view
  • Pasta of choice– gluten-free, lentil pasta, black bean pasta…etc.
  • KaleStem removed, washed and air-dried. We only use leaves from kale, otherwise, your pasta will end up very fibrous and look hairy.🤢
  • Italian Basil Stem removed, washed and air-dried.
  • Garlic– added depth of flavor to our sauce.
  • Pine Nut– You can also use walnut or cashews. If you like nutty flavor, you can light roast the nuts in the oven before using them.
  • Plant-based Milk( unsweetened)– oat milk, soy milk, almond milk, macadamia milk…etc.
  • Seasonings– salt, and pepper.
blitz ingredients in a blender
Dump everything into the blender aside from the pasta. The sauce will be ready in 2 mins.

How to make Pasta with Green sauce

The whole process is pretty straightforward. The overall workflow is in the picture below:

the overhead process shot for green sauce pasta

1.Remove stems from Kale and Italian Basil then wash them and air-dried. Add the ingredients for the sauce ( Kale and Italian basil leaves, extra-virgin olive oil, pine nuts, garlic, nutritional yeast, maple syrup, salt and pepper ) into a high-speed blender.

2. Blending them into a smooth creamy sauce.

3. Bring a large pot of water to boil, and prepare the pasta according to package directions. Make sure to salt your pasta water well then cook your pasta al dente or to your liking. Meanwhile, preserve 2 cups of pasta cooking water for later use.

4. Drain the pasta water. Turn the heat to very low. In the same pot, pour the kale pesto sauce into the pot and add one cup of pasta cooking water first ( if you like your sauce thinner, add more). Toss your cooked pasta with the sauce until coated well, and turn off the heat. Serve immediately when hot. Sprinkle more nutritional yeast on top if you like, some pine nuts and red chili flakes( optional).

pick up pasta by a tong
Packed with fresh flavors and nutrients.

Hope you like it!

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Pasta With Green Sauce (Vegan)

This Pasta With Green Sauce( Vegan) is creamy, filling, and yet, delicious! It only takes less than 15 minutes to put it onto the table!
5 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 773kcal
Author: SHU-CHUN

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 1.Remove stems from Kale and Italian Basil then wash them and air-dried. Add the ingredients for the sauce ( Kale and Italian basil leaves, extra-virgin olive oil, pine nuts, garlic, nutritional yeast, maple syrup, salt and pepper ) into a high-speed blender.
  • 2. Blending them into a smooth creamy sauce.
  • 3. Bring a large pot of water to boil, and prepare the pasta according to package directions. Make sure to salt your pasta water well then cook your pasta al dente or to your liking. Meanwhile, preserve 2 cups of pasta cooking water for later use.
  • 4. Drain the pasta water. Turn the heat to very low. In the same pot, pour the kale pesto sauce into the pot and add one cup of pasta cooking water first ( if you like your sauce thinner, add more). Toss your cooked pasta with the sauce until coated well, and turn off the heat. Serve immediately when hot. Sprinkle more nutritional yeast on top if you like, some pine nuts and red chili flakes( optional).

Video

Notes

(Note1)- if you’re WFPB, you can skip oil and replace it with pasta cooking liquid.
(Note2)- You can also use walnut or cashews. If you like nutty flavor, you can light roast the nuts in the oven before using them.

Nutrition

Calories: 773kcal | Carbohydrates: 91g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 22g | Sodium: 607mg | Potassium: 573mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3667IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 3mg

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2 thoughts on “Pasta With Green Sauce (Vegan)”

  1. I made the dish with Swiss chard and Aquafaba in the place of oil. It came out great and I got to use a ton of basil that had to be picked

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