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Gluten Free Easy Pesto Pasta with Spinach Recipe

What’s great about pasta is its versatility. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of ways to make pasta and we have a somewhat healthy spin on a classic pasta and sauce combo – gluten-free pasta tossed in a delicious kale pesto.

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Gluten Free Easy Pesto Pasta with Spinach Recipe

We have a healthy spin on a classic pasta and sauce combo - gluten-free pasta tossed in a delicious kale pesto.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 577kcal


  • 1 pound gluten-free pasta
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast or Parmesan cheese plus more for garnish
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds or pine nuts plus more for garnish
  • Kosher or fine sea salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water plus more as needed
  • 3 cups spinach chopped


  • Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  • While the pasta is cooking, prepare the pesto. Put basil, kale, garlic, nutritional yeast, hemp seeds, salt, and pepper into a food processor. Process until ground, then add lemon juice. Secure lid and slowly drizzle in oil and water until pesto comes together. If it seems dry, add additional water or oil, 1 tablespoon at a time, until you’ve reached the desired consistency. Set aside until pasta is ready.
  • Drain the pasta, reserving 2 tablespoons of the cooking water. Return pasta to the pot. Add the reserved cooking water, pesto, and spinach, and stir until combined.
  • Serve, garnished with hemp seeds and additional nutritional yeast, if desired.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Easy Pesto Pasta with Spinach Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 577 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 25mg1%
Potassium 353mg10%
Carbohydrates 97g32%
Fiber 4g16%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 4480IU90%
Vitamin C 28.8mg35%
Calcium 86mg9%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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