Lemon-Tahini Pasta with Spinach

It’s a good thing this was a simple dinner because I had a really busy afternoon. I had a bunch of kids stay in my classroom working on a lab…then I had to go buy Halloween candy at Target…then I came come home and instead of going on a run like I planned, I ate a big bowl of cereal and felt sorry for myself for pretty much no reason in particular. (And I know, the run would have boosted my mood a LOT more than slumping on the couch did…) So lame, but sometimes there are days that just kind of deteriorate like that. When that happens, I’m really glad I have an aresnal of quick dinners that don’t require much effort.

This only takes slightly longer than it takes pasta to boil. I love fusili in particular because it has all those little spots to absorb sauce. And the sauce is awesome because it just takes a few pulses in a mini food processor and has the perfect combination of nutty and bright flavors. It’s a nice change from a typical cream sauce (and it’s vegan!)


8 ounces dried fusili pasta
4 tbsp tahini
4 tbsp lemon juice
4 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
a few pinches salt and pepper
one large bunch spinach, stems removed and roughly chopped

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions.

While the pasta is boiling, pulse the tahini, lemon juice, and garlic in a mini food processor until smooth.

After the pasta has cooked, turn the heat to low and put the drained pasta back into the pan. Stir in the spinach, mixing until it wilts. Stir in the tahini sauce and a few pinches of salt and pepper and mix well.


5 Responses to “Lemon-Tahini Pasta with Spinach”

  1. 1 branny October 29, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Thank you for this recipe! I literally have three things in my refrigerator: tahini, bbq sauce, and carrots. I’m happy to be able to use the tahini in a recipe like this. Yum

  2. 2 Wizzythestick October 30, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Having a few of those ‘slumpy’ days as well. It’s good to have a easy ‘go to’ recipe for days like these.

  3. 3 Lynne @ CookandBeMerry October 30, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    I know what you mean about those days you need to cook something simple. Mine usually involve a can of low-sodium chicken broth, some stewed tomatoes and whatever protein is leftover in the frig. Hope you’re better now.

  4. 4 Veronica June 3, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Tried this – with fresh lemon it was too tart for us, but whipped up some more tahini with honey in it & stirred that in and it was very good. Also added half can white beans for nutrition. (Can’t seem to follow a recipe exactly to save my life).

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