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Vegan Spinach Pesto Pasta

Creamy Vegan Spinach Pesto Pasta comes together in just 20 minutes with 10-ingredients. This nourishing dish is not only easy to make but packed with flavor, it is sure to be a hit with the entire family!
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian-Inspired, Vegan
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
 

  • 8 oz. spaghetti
  • 1 large clove of garlic minced (or 2 small cloves)
  • 1 cup basil packed
  • 1 cup baby spinach packed
  • 3 tbsp. pine nuts
  • 3 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt (more to taste if needed)
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • Juice of 1/2 a large lemon (about 2 tbsp.)
  • ¼ cup plant milk unsweetened (I used almond milk)

Instructions
 

  • Put a large pot of water on the stovetop on high and bring to a boil. Once your water is boiling add your noddles and boil until al dente.
  • While waiting for your water to boil and or noodles to cook make your pesto.
  • Mince your garlic and add to a food processor with your pine nuts, basil, spinach, nutritional yeast, lemon juice and sea salt. Pulse together.
  • Turn on your food processor and slowly drizzle in the olive oil while it is running. Process until smooth scrapping down the sides as needed.
  • Place your pesto into a large skillet. You will want to make sure you get every drop out of the food processor. Add your plant milk of choice and stir over low heat until warm.
  • As soon as your noodles are done. Drain out the water and add to the warm pesto sauce. Stir until all of the noodles are coated in your sauce.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Any plant milk will work although I would stick with a neutral tasting unsweetened variety. 
  • If you do not have pine nuts walnuts are a great substitute. I have made this swap before myself and it is tasty. 
  • If you want to make this oil-free swap half an avocado for the oil. It will be creamy and just as rich and tasty. 

Nutrition

Calories: 431kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 15gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 150mgPotassium: 474mgFiber: 5gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1020IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 2mg
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