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Creamy Walnut Pasta Recipe

Creamy Walnut Pasta with Butternut Squash & Spinach

This simple walnut pasta is made with roasted butternut squash, spinach and tossed in the most delicious vegan cream sauce...made from walnuts!
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Keyword vegan cream sauce, vegan pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 490kcal


  • 1 cup cubed butternut squash
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 2/3 cup water + more for soaking
  • 2 teaspoons miso paste
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 small shallot
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 packaged chickpea pasta (or pasta of choice)
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Add the butternut squash into a bowl and top with olive oil and pepper. Toss to coat.
  • Transfer the squash onto a baking sheet and bake for 25 - 30 minutes until the squash is tender.
  • Meanwhile, add the walnuts into a small bowl. Top with hot water and allow to soak for at least 20 minutes. Once soaked, drain and add to a blender.
  • Along with the walnuts, add the nutritional yeast, miso paste, garlic, shallot and water into the blender as well. Blend on high until creamy.
  • With 10 minutes left in the cooking time on the squash, start the pasta. Cook according to package instructions and in the last 30 seconds of cooking, remove 2 - 3 tablespoons of pasta water and add the spinach. Give it a stir until the spinach is wilted.
  • Drain the pasta and spinach in a colander, then transfer it back into the pot. Add the roasted squash, 2 tablespoons of pasta water and the sauce. Also, add the lemon juice and fresh sage and toss to combine.
  • Serve immediately and garnish with a touch more sage, pepper, and crushed walnuts.



Calories: 490kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 248mg | Potassium: 333mg | Fiber: 19g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 5157IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 12mg