A delicious vegan creamy spinach pasta sauce that hides an abundance of goodness. It only takes a few minutes to make this healthy pasta sauce in the blender and you can use frozen spinach and store-cupboard ingredients - it's your ultimate quick recipe for when you have nothing planned and nothing in the fridge! The kids love it too!
This vegan creamy spinach pasta dish is the friend you call on when you’re running in from a busy day, the kids are starving and asking what’s for supper, and you haven’t had a moment to think, let alone plan what you’re going to cook. It’s a healthy meal, that can be whipped up in minutes with very little washing up involved and, if your kids are anything like mine, they will gobble it up with gusto! (especially if you’re making it when they are super hungry and you make it so quickly that they don’t have time to ruin their appetite on snacks while they wait for supper)
Quick and Easy to Make
This sauce is so quick to make – the slowest part will be waiting for the water to boil for the pasta! Whip out the frozen spinach from the freezer, throw some pasta on to boil, and whizz up the spinach with some stock, vegan cream cheese (or substitute the vegan cream cheese for cashews and water) and a few flavourings, and there you have it – the sauce is ready before the pasta has cooked through!
Healthy fast food!
As fast food goes, this vegan creamy spinach pasta is pretty nutritious! There's a balance of carbohydrates (from the pasta) and protein (from the vegan cream cheese / cashews) and you, of course, get iron and vitamins from the spinach and vegetable stock.
Did you know that frozen vegetables are a really nutritious alternative to fresh vegetables? Since they’re frozen straight after being picked, the nutrients haven’t had time to degrade and so they are preserved really well. (If you want to read more about this, I'd recommend this Healthline article.) So, as they’re so convenient to keep in the freezer ready to be used whenever I need them, I often have quite a good selection of vegetables in the freezer. One thing I nearly always have is frozen spinach. It gets used in smoothies, in pasta sauces, in casseroles, curries, you name it! I love that you can just throw it in straight from the freezer!
This is such a quick easy meal to make! You just boil the pasta, and while that's boiling, you blend the sauce ingredients in the blender. Then stir the sauce into the cooked drained pasta and warm. That's it!
This vegan creamy spinach pasta really benefits from a sprinkling of my nutty parmesan alternative on top. You can make it in seconds in the blender (before making the sauce so that you don't need to wash the blender out). Alternatively, you could use vegan cheese grated on top. I also sometimes add a sprinkling of dried seaweed flakes or some sesame gomasio seasoning (crushed sesame seeds).
If you wanted to go that extra mile, you could add some chopped broccoli to the pasta pan for the final few minutes of cooking.
Any leftovers can be stored in the fridge in a sealed container. When it comes to re-heating, add a little more water since the pasta will have soaked up some of the water in the sauce so it may be a little dry.
Recipe Card 📖
Quick Creamy Spinach Pasta
- Boil pasta.
- Meanwhile, make the sauce by mixing the rest of the ingredients in a blender until smooth.
- Drain the pasta in a colander, rinse the pan, then pour the sauce into the pan.
- On a low heat, gently warm the sauce and then add the pasta back in and stir through.
- Serve with a little “nutty cheese” on top.
- "Nutty cheese" is just some nuts processed with some nutritional yeast and garlic powder, onion powder, and salt (see here for full recipe). It's great for keeping handy in a jar in the fridge but if you don't have any to hand, you could just whizz it in the blender before making the sauce (no need to wash the blender out). See nutty cheese topping for the recipe.
If you like this recipe, you may like these other delicious vegan and gluten-free recipes too:
I’d love to know how you get on with this recipe. Let me know what you think in the comments section below and please give it a star rating too! Thank you!