Above view of super green pasta sauce on mafaldine noodles in a serving bowl

Super Green Pasta Sauce

Make a green pasta sauce with zucchini, spinach and fresh basil.

Recipe By: Madeline
Prep: 5 minutesCook: 15 minutesTotal: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 large or 4 small servings 1x


  • 8oz pasta of choice – I used mafaldine
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 zucchini
  • 4 large handfuls of spinach
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 3/4 cup pasta water – reserved from cooked pasta
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese + more for topping
  • Zest from 1 lemon


  1. Bring a pot of heavily salted water to a boil.Chop zucchini into cubes, slice shallot and garlic cloves into thin slices. When the water is boiling, place the pasta in the pot to boil.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat and add the shallots and garlic to the pan. Suate until the garlic and shallot are soft and fragrant – about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the cubed zucchini to the pan and saute until soft about 4 minutes. Add the spinach to the pan and saute until it is just soft and wilted. Add the salt to the pan and toss again.
  4. Reserve 3/4 cup of the pasta water from the pot. Drain the pasta and set aside. Place warm sauteed veggies in a blender with the pasta water, basil, heavy cream and parmesan cheese.
  5. Blend until a smooth and creamy sauce remains. Toss the warm noodles in the warm creamy sauce. Serve with extra parmesan cheese and lemon zest.
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