Spinach Pesto Pasta #WeekdaySupper

Spinach Pesto Pasta is an easy vegetable and cheese pesto pasta recipe made lighter using Greek yogurt. {nut free, can be gluten free}

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This Spinach Pesto Pasta recipe was inspired by two of our favorite dinners – this Roasted Red Pepper Pasta and Broccoli Pea Pesto Pasta.  I make one of these recipes at least once a week, at the request of my kids.  They are all quick and easy, perfect for a weeknight.  Besides, with all of the vegetables and Greek yogurt, who am I to say no when they ask for such an easy, healthy dinner!  

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Spinach Pesto Pasta could not be any easier to make.   The sauce can be whipped together while the pasta is cooking, and everything come together in about 20 minutes (or less).  First, simply saute the onion and garlic.  Next stir in the spinach and cook for a few minutes to warm it up and then pour the vegetable mixture into the food processor.  Add the remaining ingredients and then pulse until smooth.  Pour the spinach pesto sauce over cooked pasta, and dinner is served!

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Spinach Pesto Pasta
Yields: 4 servings
  • 8 ounces pasta
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • ¼ cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions to al dente. Once done, reserve 1 cup pasta water for thinning sauce later, if needed.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray, heat one tablespoon oil over medium-high heat Add onion and saute until softened and browned, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and saute for one minute, stirring constantly. Stir in spinach and cook until heated throughout, about 2 minutes.
  3. Pour spinach mixture into a food processor. Add one tablespoon oil, ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, yogurt and ground mustard. Process until smooth.
  4. Put cooked pasta in a large bowl. Pour sauce over pasta and toss to coat. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes and remaining Parmesan cheese and toss again. Serve warm.

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Looking for more quick and easy meals made on the lighter side? Be sure to check out all of the delicious Weekday Supper inspiration this week!

As always, the idea behind Weekday Supper is that Sunday Supper starts as just one day a week…and soon becomes a way of life.

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  1. YUM!! I love love love pesto pasta dishes. The spinach really gives it such a bright, beautiful color. I could eat a huuuuge bowl of this deliciousness every night!

  2. This looks delicious and healthy. I’ve pinned it to try soon:)

  3. What a beautiful looking meal – I love the idea to use greek yogurt to makes things healthier!

  4. So I have to say that as much as I love pesto, I still havent made it at home and you are inspiring me to make some – and soon! 🙂 Thanks for this super yummy recipe, Alida!

  5. Simple, but lovely pasta recipe, and very nice food photos…

  6. This and a glass of wine would be a perfect dinner for me. I love spinach!

  7. You could not have made it any easier to make a delicious and nutritious quick meal. Thank you so much! I know my 9 year old and I will love this dinner.