Spinach Basil Pasta Sauce – Vegan with Vegetarian and Omnivore Topping Options

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Packed with fresh spinach and basil, this vibrant green plant-based pasta sauce is fast and delicious. Perfect for a weeknight dinner or even a quick lunch — you can get this Spinach Basil Pasta on the table in the time it takes for your pasta to boil.

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Spinach Basil Pasta is an easy plant-based pasta sauce recipe with super simple topping options for vegetarians (parmesan), and omnivores (prosciutto).

Spinach Basil Pasta Sauce with nutritional yeast topping

eating together made easy

If you’ve been to not not nutritious before you know one of my mantra’s is “eating together made easy.” While many of my dishes are vegan, wherever feasible I also provide easy variations for vegetarians and omnivores.

This one’s no different. Although the spinach basil sauce  is 100% plant-based, I’ve included some super simple topping options for vegetarians and omnivores.

How simple?

Vegetarians swap out the nutritional yeast topping with parmesan cheese. Oh yeah.

Spinach Basil Pasta is an easy plant-based pasta sauce recipe with super simple topping options for vegetarians (parmesan), and omnivores (prosciutto).

Spinach Basil Pasta Sauce with parmesan topping.

Omnivores scatter on some quick-fried prosciutto and fresh ground pepper.

Spinach Basil Pasta is an easy plant-based pasta sauce recipe with super simple topping options for vegetarians (parmesan), and omnivores (prosciutto).

Spinach Basil Pasta Sauce with quick-fried prosciutto.

 

The base for the sauce is not not’s 4 minute cheeze sauce, which is an all natural, plant-based sauce made with just 4 simple, all-natural ingredients, including nutritional yeast and almond meal/flour.

Spinach Basil Pasta Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Packed with fresh spinach and basil, this vibrant green plant-based cheese sauce is fast and delicious. Perfect for a weeknight dinner or even a quick lunch — you can get this on the table in the time it takes for your pasta to boil.

Course: dinner, lunch, side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy pasta sauce, creamy vegan pasta sauce, dairy-free creamy pasta sauce, easy weeknight dinner, spinach basil pasta sauce
Diet: omnivore, reducetarian, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 193 kcal
Author: Sylvia Eastman
Ingredients
  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder {or sub fresh minced garlic to taste}
  • 1 cup 4 minute cheeze sauce mix + 1 1/2 cup water {See Recipe Notes for link}
Optionally, if you don't have 4 minute cheeze sauce mix
  • 3/4 cup almond flour {also called almond meal, or ground blanched almonds}
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons tapioca starch
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
Optional, toppings
  • for vegans, more nutritional yeast
  • for vegetarians, parmesan cheese
  • for omnivores, 2-3 slices proscuitto, per meat eater
  • for all, cracked black pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine the 4 minute cheeze sauce mix or the individual ingredients in the blender but don't blend it yet. 

  2. In a medium-sized frying pan, heat the oil, add the garlic, and then cook the spinach and basil until just wilted. Leave the pan on the stove as you’ll be using it again in a minute.

  3. Add the wilted spinach/basil mix to the cheeze sauce ingredients in the blender and blend for about a minute, until well-combined.

  4. Pour the blended spinach basil cheeze mix into the frying pan. Put the heat on medium low and cook and stir for a few minutes until the sauce is thickened. It may look kind of lumpy or curdled looking for a minute. Just keep stirring and it will smooth out.

If you are making the omnivore version:
  1. Quick fry the prosciutto. Slice into thin strips and then dry fry in a small frying pan into hot and crisp, about 3 minutes.

  2. Pour over your favourite pasta and serve with your choice of toppings.  

Recipe Notes
Storage and Reheating

You can store this Spinach Basil Pasta sauce in the fridge for 2-3 days in a well-sealed container. Either reheat in the microwave or over low to medium heat in a saucepan, stirring to remove any lumps or curdling. 

About 4 Minute Cheese/Cheeze Sauce Mix

This is just a pre-combined version of all of the cheese sauce ingredients, except the water. You can find the recipe for this awesome pantry staple here. I made the pantry-staple version because I was using the cheeze sauce so often, it just saved a bit of time. Then once I had it handy, I started creating a bunch of recipes that incorporate it. I figured everyone else would appreciate that same convenience too! 

Nutritional Information

Nutritional information is an estimate and is based on the vegan version with no additional toppings. 

Nutrition Facts
Spinach Basil Pasta Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 193 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 469mg 20%
Potassium 260mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 59.4%
Vitamin C 10.9%
Calcium 8.5%
Iron 11.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Spinach Basil Pasta is an easy plant-based pasta recipe with super simple topping options for vegetarians (parmesan), and omnivores (prosciutto).

Reducetarian-ism 101

Last year I learned the word “reducetarian.” While a bit of an oral hurdle to pronounce, its meaning is simple: a reducetarian is anyone who wants to reduce his or her consumption of animal-based foods — from dairy to meat — for any reason.

I usually avoid labels, especially when it comes to diets, because they can be so divisive. But this is one I’m comfortable with.

What about you?

Do you consider yourself a reducetarian? Drop me a line below.

Sylvia

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Thanks for reading! Go make some pasta!

 

 

 

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