Green Basil Pasta with Spinach

Green Basil Pasta with Spinach – this easy pasta dish is a perfect and delicious mid-week dinner that’s healthy and filling!   

One of those days that you need quick and easy magic happening in the kitchen – perfect for this super easy Green Basil Pasta with Spinach recipe.

All you need to do is cook pasta, blend the rest of the ingredients and combine – voila! Also perfect for a quick meal-prep on a Sunday evening or when you are simply craving some good old pasta.

Does anyone else love green pesto as much as I do? I believe during our teenage years, pasta & pesto was the go-to recipe for me and my best friend. We often quickly got these together whilst sitting over our homework (yes, we totally did all our homework, we were such good students 😉)

My love for pesto has continued into adulthood and I have to admit I could never get away from that green pesto completely. So many other flavours of pesto do exist, but my number 1 will always be basil. #basilforpresident

What you’ll need to make this Green Basil Pasta with Spinach


  • Whole Wheat Spaghetti
  • Green Beans
  • Rocket (or arugula for our friends in the US!) 
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

For the vegan basil pesto:

  • Fresh Basil
  • Spinach leaves
  • Mixed Nuts (Walnuts and Pecans taste best here!)
  • Lemon
  • Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Linseeds


  • Food processor

How to make this Green Basil Pasta with Spinach

Cooking your pasta

To start off, boil a pot of water and cook your spaghetti according to the instruction on the packet. After 5 minutes or so, add the green beans to the pot of spaghetti and cook for another 4-5 minutes. 

Once the pasta is ready, drain the water but be sure to keep at least 1 cup of the pasta water – you’ll need this later! 

How to make vegan pesto sauce

Making vegan-friendly pesto is surprisingly easy, trust me. All you have to do is add all your pesto ingredients to a food processor and blend everything together until you’re left with a deliciously smooth pesto paste. 

Making your vegan pesto pasta dish

Now, combine your pesto, pasta and pasta water until everything is mixed together. Then toss your rocket salad in a bowl with a splash of balsamic vinegar and olive oil and use this as a topping for your dish. 

Season your dish with salt and pepper to your liking and you’re ready to eat – enjoy! 


This recipe is: 

  • 100% vegan
  • dairy free
  • egg free
  • deliciously nutty
  • perfect for a leftovers lunch
  • easy to make
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Green Basil Pasta with Spinach

  • Author: Romy London UK
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: British
  • Diet: Vegan


  • 200g Whole Wheat Spaghetti
  • 100g Green Beans
  • handful of rocket salad
  • 1 Tsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Tsp Olive Oil
  • salt and black pepper, to taste

For the pesto:

  • 30g Fresh Basil
  • 30g Spinach
  • 2 Tbsp Mixed Nuts (Walnuts and Pecans taste best here!)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3 Tbsp linseeds


  1. Cook your spaghetti according to the packaging instructions.
  2. After 5 minutes in boiling water, add the green beans to the pasta water and cook them for a further 4-5 minutes.
  3. Drain the water, but keep 1 cup of the pasta water (we will need this later!)
  4. Add all pesto ingredients to a blender or small food processor and blend until a smooth paste develops.
  5. Mix pasta, pesto and the pasta water well until everything is well combined.
  6. Toss the rocket salad with a little Balsamic Vinegar and oil and use them as a topping for your pasta dish.
  7. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  8. Enjoy!

Keywords: Pasta, vegan pasta, basi pasta,

Looking for more delicious vegan pasta recipes? Here are some more of my favourites! 


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