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Spinach Basil Pastina 💚 So cozy and comforting. Such a quick and easy meal, it comes together in one pan in 20 minutes! Flavors are unreal and the mascarpone on top is FIRE🔥.

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Why You’ll Love Spinach Basil Pastina

Such a flavorful pastina, and super easy to make. The mascarpone adds that creamy touch and it is amazing. The spinach and basil add that herby and fresh taste. This is one of my favorite comfort foods, because apart from being a cozy meal, it only takes 20 minutes to make, so it’s perfect if you are in a rush.

spinach basil pastina

How To Prepare Spinach Basil Pastina

🧄 First, add the water, spinach, basil, garlic, shallot and salt to the blender. Then, blend until smooth and strain. You’ll have about 4 cups of liquid.

🔥 Secondly, add some oil to a pan, and toast the pasta for 2 minutes until slightly golden on medium high.

🌿 Add spinach basil water one cup at a time. Then, add a bit of salt/pepper. Should be about 9-12 minutes.

💧 Simmer until pasta is al dente and there is water left over.

🍋 Add Parmigiano and lemon zest. Cook mixing together for 1 more minute.

🧈 Mix in butter, add salt and pepper.

🧀 Lastly, serve with more Parmigiano, mascarpone, chives and black pepper.

Substitutions and Variations

  1. You can use ricotta or burrata instead of mascarpone.
  2. I also topped mine with basil, but you can top with your favorite herbs.

Chef Nadia’s Tip

Make sure you add the spinach basil water one cup at a time, so it absorbs better.

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Common Questions

What mascarpone do you use?

My favorites are Di Stefano and BelGioioso.

What can I use instead of mascarpone?

You can use ricotta or burrata.

Spinach Basil Pastina

By Nadia Aidi
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 10 minutes
Total 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Spinach Basil Pastina… So cozy, comes together in one pan in 20 min! Flavors are unreal and the mascarpone on top is 🔥.

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup Acini di pepe
  • 1 Shallot
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 4.5 cups Water
  • 2 cups Spinach, packed
  • 12 leaves Basil
  • Mascarpone, to taste
  • 3/4 cup parmigiano reggiano, grated and more for topping
  • 1 Lemon, zest
  • 2 tbsp Butter, Cold
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil
  • Chives, for topping

Directions 

  • First, add the water, spinach, basil, garlic, shallot and salt to the blender. Then, blend until smooth and strain. You’ll have about 4 cups of liquid.
  • Secondly, add some oil to a pan, and toast the pasta for 2 minutes until slightly golden on medium high.
  • Add spinach basil water one cup at a time. Then, add a bit of salt/pepper. Should be about 9-12 minutes.
  • Simmer until pasta is al dente and there is water left over.
  • Add Parmigiano and lemon zest. Cook mixing together for 1 more minute.
  • Mix in butter, add salt and pepper.
  • Lastly, serve with more Parmigiano, mascarpone, chives and black pepper.

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 582kcal, Carbohydrates: 73g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 56mg, Sodium: 744mg, Potassium: 336mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 3627IU, Vitamin C: 39mg, Calcium: 520mg, Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian

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