Super Green Pasta


Pack in your veggies with this quick and easy green pasta. Plenty of kale and spinach transform into a vibrant green sauce once cooked and blended with basil, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese for a pesto-like flavor. Enjoy this easy vegetarian pasta as is, or add grilled chicken or white beans for a boost of protein.

a recipe photo of the Super Green Pasta served on a plate and topped with pine nuts and cheese
Photo: Photographer: Jen Causey, Food Stylist: Margret Monroe Dickey, Prop Stylist: Christine Keely
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 8 ounces whole-wheat fettuccine or spaghetti

  • 1 (8-ounce) bunch lacinato kale, stemmed

  • 1 (5 ounce) package baby spinach

  • 4 medium cloves garlic, peeled

  • 1 ½ cups packed fresh basil leaves, plus more for garnish

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts, divided

  • ½ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Transfer the pasta with tongs to a colander set over a bowl.

  2. Add kale, spinach and garlic to the boiling water; cook until the greens are wilted, bright green and tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking water.

  3. Transfer the kale, spinach and garlic to a blender; add basil, oil, salt, 2 tablespoons pine nuts, 1/4 cup cheese and 3/4 cup reserved cooking water. Process until very smooth, about 1 minute.

  4. Transfer the pasta to a large bowl. Add the sauce and toss with tongs until well coated. (To thin the sauce further, if desired, add the remaining 1/4 cup cooking water.) Divide among 4 shallow bowls and top with the remaining 2 tablespoons pine nuts and 1/4 cup cheese. Sprinkle with additional basil before serving, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

437 Calories
25g Fat
37g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size about 1 cup
Calories 437
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 17g 34%
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Vitamin A 7057IU 141%
Vitamin C 62mg 69%
Vitamin D 3IU 1%
Vitamin E 3mg 22%
Folate 69mcg 17%
Vitamin K 507mcg 423%
Sodium 590mg 26%
Calcium 298mg 23%
Iron 11mg 61%
Magnesium 80mg 19%
Potassium 308mg 7%
Zinc 1mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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