Quick Spinach and Lemon Pasta

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Quick Spinach and Lemon Pasta

Spinach and lemon team up to give this pasta a fresh and zesty kick. By blending blanched spinach with garlic, lemon zest, and nutritional yeast, you whip up a creamy, tangy sauce that covers the pasta in deliciousness, giving it a refreshing, slightly earthy flavor in every bite.
My Notes:
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Meal Type: Dinner, Lunch
Special: 10 Ingredients or Less, 30 Minutes or Less, Gluten-Free, Kid-Friendly, Nut-Free, Oil-Free, Seasonal (Cold Weather), Soy-Free
Tool: Food Processor, Stove
Ingredient: Lemons, Pasta, Spinach
Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 9 oz pasta of choice (gluten-free if preferred)
  • 5.3 oz spinach (5 cups)
  • 1 lemon zested & juiced
  • 2 clove(s) garlic minced and pressed
  • 3 tablespoon(s) olive oil (sub aquafaba or vegetable broth for oil-free)
  • 4 tablespoon(s) nutritional yeast
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoon(s) pine nuts toasted (sub your favorite nut or seed or vegan parmesan if preffered)
Instructions
  • Bring 2 large pots of water to a boil. In one pot cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packaging. Reserve some of the pasta water before draining the pasta.
  • In the second pot, blanch the spinach in boiling water until it’s just wilted (about 30 seconds). Drain and rinse with cold water and then squeeze out any excess water.
  • Place the spinach into a food processoralong with the garlic, lemon zest, half the lemon juice, olive oil and nutritional yeast. Season with salt and pepper and blitz until smooth.
  • Mix the spinach paste with the cooked pasta. Add a little of the reserved pasta water if necessary, to achieve a creamy consistency. Season with salt and pepper, top with pine nuts and serve immediately.
Nutrition
Serving: 1serving (recipe makes 4 servings) | Calories: 427kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 590mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3531IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 3mg
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