Green Pasta Sauce

green pasta sauce on spaghetti noodles, on a white plate

If you’re looking to increase the veggies in your diet, green pasta sauce is a great place to start! Loaded with spinach and cheese, this fresh green sauce is something you need to try!

What’s in green pasta sauce?

You’re probably thinking: “Are we talking about pesto?” And yes, you can certainly mix pesto in your pasta for a very simple green sauce.

But this sauce is different. It does contain a small amount of pesto to enhance the flavor. But the primary source of green in the sauce is spinach.

So. Much. Spinach. Loaded with vitamins and minerals, enough spinach to make Popeye crave pasta!

Ingredients: spinach, ricotta cheese, sour cream, Parmesan cheese, pesto, tomatoes, garlic and seasoning

The ingredients include:

  • Spinach
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Pesto
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Diced tomatoes (canned)
  • Garlic
  • Italian seasoning

How to make this creamy spinach pasta sauce

This sauce is easy and fast, which is the best combination ever! In fact, it comes together so quickly that you probably want to start cooking your pasta before starting the sauce.

Place a large skillet over medium heat and add a little oil. Stir in minced garlic and cook for one minute. Then add in the spinach and cook until it wilts.

Transfer the cooked spinach to a food processor or blender. Add all other ingredients and blend until the sauce is smooth. The sauce is now ready to be used however you prefer.

If using traditional pasta, toss the sauce with the cooked and drained pasta. As with other pasta sauces, I like to reserve some of the pasta cooking water when I drain it. If the sauce seems a little “sticky” once mixed with the pasta, simply add some of the reserved water to help loosen it some.

Serve warm with extra Parmesan cheese as desired.

Why I like this sauce

I feel so healthy when I have this sauce! All that “vitamin green” benefit on yummy pasta. But the taste is actually that of a cheese sauce, with the blend of ricotta and Parmesan with sour cream. Garlic and tomatoes give the right amount of traditional pasta sauce taste. Consider adding some red pepper flakes if you want to spice it up a bit. Or a squeeze of lemon for a fresh taste. If you have some fresh herbs on hand, toss some parsley in that blender. Many possibilities!

This would be so fun to serve to kids. Maybe for St Patrick’s Day, have all green food for the day. Or maybe it’s Hulk pasta, or Ninja Turtles. If you get them in the right frame of mind to try it, they might just like it. And you will be the parent who got the kids to eat spinach!

If you want more protein in your meal, this sauce works well with chicken. Either make chicken breast separately and spoon a little sauce over it or add some shredded chicken to the sauce before mixing with the pasta. I have also eaten this on spaghetti squash for a really low carb vegetarian meal.  Talk about healthy!!

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Green pasta sauce on spaghetti noodles, sitting on a white plate
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5 from 25 votes

Green Pasta Sauce

Spinach and cheese make a fabulous pasta sauce!
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 143kcal
Author: Sula

Ingredients

  • 10 oz spinach
  • 3-4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup pesto
  • 14 oz diced tomatoes canned, undrained
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • If using with pasta, cook 16 ounces of pasta according to package directions.
  • While pasta is cooking, add olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for a minute. Add the spinach and cook until wilted.
  • Transfer cooked spinach to a food processor or blender. Add all the other ingredients and blend for a minute. Scrap down the sides of the work bowl and then blend again until the sauce is smooth.
  • Add sauce to cooked and drained pasta and toss to coat.
  • Serve warm with additional grated Parmesan cheese.

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Notes

Nutrition estimates are for the sauce only, no pasta or optional toppings are included.

Nutrition

Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 376mg | Potassium: 338mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3744IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 191mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

If you love plant based pasta sauces, check out my easy weeknight pasta and also my vegetarian pasta sauce. Both are easy and so healthy!

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30 thoughts on “Green Pasta Sauce

  1. 5 stars
    From the looks of this, I couldn’t really tell how creamy and delicious it really is but those ingredients–oh my goodness! That just sounds like a heartwarming dish. Can’t wait to try it (with vegan options)!

  2. 5 stars
    I love that you sauté the spinach first before putting it in the blender; that makes the sauce tastes so much better. This recipe is the perfect use for spinach that’s been in the fridge for too long so you don’t have to throw it away.
    I love this recipe! Thanks for sharing ❤️

  3. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness, this green pasta sauce is heaven! I am always a fan of a good pesto sauce, but this one is made even better with the superpower nutritional content of spinach. I love everything about it!

  4. 5 stars
    This is how I make “pesto” too! Especially since I read in an Italian magazine that basil at high temperature is a carcinogen, I never cook it, but I do use spinach and only sprinkle basil at the end, when the pasta is on the plate and has cooled a little. I’m thinking to make this tonight:))

  5. 5 stars
    I love pesto sauce, but I also love to be creative and try out various versions of pasta and pesto sauces. This is great, to combine pesto with spinach and ricotta. It’s makes this sauce so healthy and creamy. Love this recipe!

    1. I love pretty much any pasta sauce, but I do know lots who don’t care for red sauce. This is more a cheese sauce that happens to be green 🙂

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