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Creamy Spinach Tomato Pasta

This ultra creamy homemade pasta dish comes together in just 20 minutes – and with only one pot to clean!

A rich and ultra creamy pasta recipe, without all the unhealthy fat and calories - This delicious one-pot meal is a weeknight staple - We never have any leftovers! @choccoveredkt https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com

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The sauce is so thick and creamy – even without ANY heavy cream!

Something you might not know about me is that I am a huge hockey fan – Seriously, ask me any sort of useless hockey trivia and I will probably know the answer without even having to stop and think.

Come playoff season, you can find me with eyes glued to the television and remote in hand, especially if my team has a chance to win.

I’m lucky enough to have my two favorite teams in the playoffs this year (Dallas Stars and Washington Capitals), which makes for one very happy Katie.

I quickly threw together this creamy tomato pasta dish on Monday night as a simple and filling meal I could enjoy before watching the games. With just one skillet and no need to chop any vegetables or blend ingredients, I made myself a leisurely dinner and cleaned the entire kitchen, all before 7 PM.

For dessert, try these Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies or these Black Bean Brownies!

A rich and ultra creamy pasta recipe, without all the unhealthy fat and calories - This delicious one-pot meal is a weeknight staple - We never have any leftovers! @choccoveredkt https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com

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Step 1:

Cook the pasta according to package directions, in salted boiling water.

Drain, but do not rinse.

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Step 2:

While the pasta cooks, sauté the garlic for 1 minute, then add the flour, onion powder, and salt.

Whisk in remaining sauce ingredients and bring to a boil, whisking constantly.

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Step 3:

Add the pasta and stir to coat. Taste, and season with salt and pepper if desired.

If the pasta absorbs the sauce and looks a little dry, stir in a little more milk of choice until sauce is creamy again.

A rich and ultra creamy pasta recipe, without all the unhealthy fat and calories - This delicious one-pot meal is a weeknight staple - We never have any leftovers! @choccoveredkt https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com

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I’ve made this recipe two different ways now, and both are equally delicious:

The first option is to use cashew cream. If you haven’t tried my recipe for Homemade Cashew Cream yet, you should definitely check that one out at some point – It’s incredibly versatile and can be used to add richness and creaminess to both sweet and savory dishes, for a fraction of the calories in heavy cream!

The other option, which I tried out on Monday night, is to use unsweetened creamer or a half-&-half-type product. I was recently introduced to Nutpods Dairy-Free Creamer, and I was head-over-slippers in love at first taste of the thick vegan creamer.

(I work from home. Ergo, slippers are my footwear of choice.)

Immediately upon receiving the package, I tried it straight from the bottle… and I can’t say that was the only time I drank it straight from the bottle, either. The creaminess is just too hard to resist! Yes, I was the girl who would drink heavy cream straight from the carton as a child whenever my mom would make homemade whipped cream. She’d turn around, and half the heavy cream container would have disappeared.

If this were an iphone, I’d insert the embarrassed emoji now.

Easy Creamy Spinach Tomato Pasta (Ready In 20 Minutes)

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Creamy Spinach Tomato Pasta

4.92/5 (25)
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 4 - 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 oz dry pasta - such as farfalle
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil or buttery spread or oil spray
  • 1 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp flour (spelt, white, or sweet rice flour)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 cup cashew cream or unsweetened creamer – I like Nutpods Dairy Free Creamer
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan-type topping or nutritional yeast, optional
  • 1 cup unsweetened milk of choice or additional creamer
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, or 14 oz diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup fresh or 1/2 cup frozen spinach, optional

Instructions

  • Bring a salted pot of water to a boil. Boil pasta according to package directions, then drain fully but do not rinse. Meanwhile, sauté the garlic in the oil for 1 minute. (Technically, you can use oil spray, but the oil will give a richer flavor and will help the sauce adhere to the pasta - It amounts to less than a teaspoon per serving, and I really think the flavor will be much better if you use oil instead of spray.) Add the flour, onion powder, and salt. Sauté an additional minute, then whisk in the creamer, milk, oregano, and Parmesan, if using. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Boil and whisk for about a minute, then add the tomato and spinach - You can omit the spinach if desired. Stir until sauce thickens. Add the pasta and stir to coat. Season with salt and pepper if desired. If the pasta absorbs the sauce and looks dry, stir in a little more milk of choice until sauce is creamy again.
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Published on April 21, 2016

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  1. Katie says

    Made this for dinner, and it was delicious. I had to make a few adjustments because I didn’t have all the ingredients, but it still turned out well. Instead of cream, I substituted 3/4 cup plain yogurt and 1/4 cup water. I also sauteed some finely chopped mushrooms and onions along with the garlic, and added chopped black olives to the final product. Another great recipe!

  2. Michelle says

    I made this. Without spinach and brown rice pasta. I used oatly (oat based single cream) creamer as nutpods are hard to get in the uk. It was garlicy and creamy and delish. I noticed that your sauce recipe made 2x as much as i needed to get a good coating so i could have done 1lb of pasta- but I put it away in a jar and will make again with fresh pasta in a few days. Another good one!

  3. maria says

    just made this and it was absolutely delicious! didn’t have creamer so skipped that, and used tomato sauce instead of the tomatoes. SO. DELICIOUS. THE CREAMINESS WAS AMAZING! and entirely vegan? I mean cmon.

  4. Renée says

    Hi. I love this recipe Katie. Made it several times. I add sautéed mushrooms and some sun dried tomatoes cause I like those, and it is great! I even eat it cold over salad. Thanks and keep up the great work!

  5. Barbara says

    I thought it looked delicious and it was easy to prepare. But I have to agree; next time I think I will doubling the amount of seasoning.

  6. Sue says

    Wow! This tasted cheesy even without the cheese (which I added anyway). I made my own cashew cream and used chickpea pasta, which soaked up more sauce than wheat pasta, but I made up for it by adding a little more spinach. It’s on my list of favorites.

  7. Erin says

    As a diabetic who can only have UP TO 35g of carbs per meal, even *I* can have this! And I love pasta so much!

  8. Robyn Kurtz says

    I hate to do this, but i also hate when no one leaves reviews on a recipe after they’ve made it! Unfortunately I found this recipe pretty lacking in flavour. I had to add a lot of garlic salt and pepper. I like the idea though and would try again with tweaks.

  9. Allan Brunell says

    I just made this using oat milk. It came out fantastic. My wife (not vegan) loved it. I thought it was awesome. I will make it again.
    Thanks.

  10. Juliana S says

    SO good! I made this tonight following the directions pretty much exactly. My only change was halving the amount of nutritional yeast. My mom didn’t even know it was vegan until I told her.
    Thanks for the great recipe!

  11. Sarah says

    Made this last night for Mother’s Day and it was delicious! I did add in more salt and some other herbs, like crushed red pepper for some spice. Love my spicy food! Sooo good. Everyone loved it! Thank you Katie!!

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