Pasta with Spinach Pesto Sauce Recipe -
Pasta with Spinach Pesto Sauce Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Pasta with Spinach Pesto Sauce

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"A healthy, low-fat alternative to high-fat pesto sauce. Can also be made with basil or cilantro."

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Original recipe makes 4 -6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    45 mins


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. While pasta is cooking, in food processor or blender, combine spinach, tofu, lemon juice, garlic, broth, cheese, pepper, and Italian seasoning, process until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Spray a large non-stick saute pan with cooking spray. Over medium heat, cook onions and mushrooms until tender. Reduce heat to low, add pesto mixture and heat until hot.
  4. Toss pasta with sauce and bacon bits. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese, if desired. NOTE: If sauce seems too thick, thin to desired consistency with pasta cooking water or broth.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 24, 2008

I made a few changes to this and liked the results. Used only 12 oz whole wheat pasta, added the garlic and 1 T olive oil to the onions and mushrooms rather than in the food processor. I used vegetable broth and "baco bits" to maintain the vegetarian nature of the dish. Also added about 1 tsp salt and a good handful of fresh basil leaves to the pesto. My husband said I should put this one on the "keeper" list and make it again.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 10, 2004

a very healthy alternative to pesto (spinach is so good for you) but not exactly the same thing. I liked it as a spinach sauce-type thing but a pesto it is not...

Feb 09, 2004

A great, healthy alternative. It was really good but the recipe says "firm silken tofu". It should possibly say "firm or silken". Also, perhaps frozen spinach would work, too? Will try this again!

Aug 29, 2002

Excellent recipe! Healthy and very tasty. I would cut the amount of pasta down next time to have more sauce.

Sep 26, 2003

I didn't have tofu on hand, but it's excellent without it as well.. My husband even loved it, and that man doesn't like ANYTHING. :)

Jan 11, 2005

I just made the sauce itself - left out chicken broth and all the mushrooms. It was amazing. It tasted like it was very bad for you, when in fact it is very healthy. five stars!

Jan 02, 2004

Healthy, green, and wholesome. With just the right kick of garlic. I added more broth and some milk to smooth out the pesto. You might expand the pesto recipe a little to balance out with the amount of pasta (or save the pasta for another sauce later). Frozen spinach ("brick spinach") worked just fine. My dad ate it up!! Ha ha... I'm slowly but surely converting my family to vegetarianism...

Jan 19, 2003

This was good. I think 1 lb of pasta was too much, or there should've been more sauce. My hubby ate it up then I told him about the tofu. He couldn't believe it! Yummy!


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  • Calories
  • 451 kcal
  • 23%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 76.7 g
  • 25%
  • Cholesterol
  • 11 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 6.5 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 6.5 g
  • 26%
  • Protein
  • 25.2 g
  • 50%
  • Sodium
  • 417 mg
  • 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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