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Speedy Spinach Pesto Pasta

Speedy Spinach Pesto Pasta is a 15 minute pantry special with spinach and walnut pesto tossed simply with a little gluten-free pasta, fresh garden tomatoes and topped with crumbled bacon.
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Mains, Sides
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: 30 Minute Meals, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Italian Cuisine, Pasta, Rice and Casseroles
Servings: 8
Calories: 332kcal
Author: Healthy World Cuisine


  • 6 slices bacon cooked until crispy, drained and crumbled (hold if going vegan)
  • 14 oz spaghetti
    (I used gluten free corn and Quinoa mix)
  • 1 cup walnuts
    (if you toast them first...so good but not required)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1.5 cups spinach (unthawed frozen spinach and all the water squeezed out)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
    (or can use a little water to thin if trying to reduce fat)
  • salt and pepper
    to taste
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
    (leave out if going dairy free or vegan) reserve a little extra if you want to garnish with a little extra on the finished dish
  • 1 tomatoes
    chopped fresh (optional- garnish)
  • dried red pepper flakes optional - as desired


  • Fry bacon until crispy, drain and and crumble. Set Aside.  If going vegan you can skip this step and go straight to step 2.
  • Bring pasta to boil in a large pot with lots of salted water and cook per pasta directions or until aldente.
  • In the meantime, place walnuts in food processor and grind until fine. Add the garlic, spinach, olive oil, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese (if not dairy-free or vegan), salt and pepper to taste and process until smooth.
  • Drain pasta (but reserve about 1 cup of pasta water). Add the spinach pesto to the pan with a little bit about 1/4 cup- 1/3 cup of pasta water to thin the pesto and make it creamy. Toss well.
  • Serve onto 4 plates, top with a little fresh chopped tomatoes, crumbled bacon and a parmesan cheese if not vegan or dairy free. I like a little dried red pepper flakes on top of mine for a little kick.
  • Enjoy pasta with a side salad and a nice glass of red wine.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 216mg | Potassium: 193mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 704IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 1mg