Secret green sauce spaghetti

Secret green sauce spaghetti

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(15 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 12 mins


Serves 4
Sneak some extra green veg into pesto-based pasta sauce

Nutrition and extra info

  • sauce only
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal549
  • fat18g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs74g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre6g
  • protein21g
  • salt0.7g
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  • 400g spaghetti
  • 100g bag baby spinach
  • 140g frozen pea
  • small bunch basil, leaves picked, a few reserved to serve



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • 3 tbsp green pesto
  • 150ml pot single cream
  • 50g parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), grated, plus a little extra to serve



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Cook the spaghetti following pack instructions. Meanwhile, boil the kettle, put the spinach and peas in a bowl, and cover with boiling water. Leave for about 3 mins until the peas are tender, then drain well. Tip the veg into a food processor or blender, add the basil, pesto, cream and Parmesan, and whizz to make a smooth sauce.

  2. Drain the pasta, reserving a little of the cooking water, and return to the pan. Pour over the sauce and return to a low heat to cook for a few mins, until the sauce clings to the spaghetti. Add a little pasta water if it looks too dry, season to taste and serve with extra Parmesan and scattered with basil leaves, if you like.

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8th Jun, 2017
One of my favourite recipe. Tried couple of times already and came out well. I have made slight alterations to increase flavour. Stir fried 2 cloves of garlic before adding sauce to it. Also added pepper, chili flakes and Italian seasoning in the end. Skipped cream couple of times and replaced with same or less amount of milk to make it more healthy. Still the sauce was thick and creamy. You can add brocolli or avacado to it if you are fancy.
Gourmet Mum
4th Jun, 2017
I loved this. It's especially great for the kids, but my husband loved it too. NB - I replaced the cream with creme fraiche which worked well.
18th Jan, 2017
I was disappointed with this one - we found it bland and quite flavourless. I was looking forwards to adding a veg-heavy dinner to our weekday repertoire but won't be making this one again
21st Jul, 2014
My children love this. I love it because they are eating veg they normally turn their noses up at! Great quick easy dinner a bit more to it than just pasta and pesto
22nd Sep, 2013
Made this twice now. My two year old will eat it, we call "dinosaur pasta", but its pretty bland.
3rd Sep, 2013
My two boys really enjoyed this. They love spaghetti but are not big fans of sloppy sauce, so as this was fairly dry it was a big hit!
2nd Jan, 2016
549 cals per portion of sauce? Is this correct? Won't be giving to kids if it is
8th Jun, 2017
Try stir frying 2 cloves of garlic in olive oil and add sauce to it. Also add salt and pepper/chili flakes/Italian seasoning depends on your taste. This will add more flavour to this recipe.
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