Vegan spinach, garlic and basil ‘butter’ spaghetti + #recipeoftheweek (27 April – 3 May)

Vegan spinach, basil and garlic spaghetti

Mmm, good, nice, mmm – Miss J, 18 months

I like this recipe for many reasons. It’s tasty. It’s filling. And it only needs two pans to make. Oh, and it’s vegan, although the kids had theirs with cheese on top.

Here’s what to do – serves 4-6.


  • 500g dried spaghetti
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 250g baby spinach
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 handful of fresh basil
  • 8 cherry tomatoes
  • 4 tbsp of vegan margarine
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Put the oil, crushed/finely chopped garlic and finely diced courgette in a large frying pan and warm over a medium heat
  2. Meanwhile, put the pasta on to cook in large saucepan with plenty of boiling water
  3. Add the spinach and chopped tomatoes to the frying pan and heat until the spinach is wilted
  4. By this time, the pasta should have been cooking for about 8 minutes
  5. Lift the pasta out of the water and into the frying pan, then transfer about 2 cups of the starch water across too
  6. Add the margarine, bring up to a simmer, stirring occasionally for 2-4 more minutes (add another cup of liquid or two if needed while cooking)
  7. When the pasta is cooked and the liquid has gone, stir in the fresh basil, season to taste and serve

Finishing the pasta in the pan means it creates a lovely, buttery, garlicy sauce and soaks up every last bit of the vegetable goodness. I got the idea from an episode of New Zealand Master Chef, where they made a chilli seafood pasta this way.

Let me know if you try it :)

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