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Vegetable Pesto Pasta Sauce

Veggie Pesto Pasta Sauce is creamy and delicious, but secretly packed with vegetables. Call them monster noodles to convince kids to give them a try, but after one bite your picky eater will be begging more. 

Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Italian, Kid friendly
Keyword hidden veggies, pesto
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 234 kcal
Author Morgan


  • 1 cup fresh spinach*
  • .5 cup peas
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1-4 garlic cloves
  • .5 cup ricotta
  • .5 cup grated parmesan
  • .5 cup olive oil (more as needed)


  1. Add basil, spinach, peas, garlic and olive oil to food processor. Process until smooth, adding extra oil if needed. 

  2. Add cheeses to processor and blend until smooth. Add pepper and salt if needed. 

  3. Serve on top of pasta, hot or cold, or as a spread on sandwiches or dip for veggies. 

Recipe Notes

-Start with less garlic and build to your family's preference.
-Add more ricotta if you think the veggie taste is too strong.
-Use freshly grated Parmesan - not the shelf stable shakable kind.
-Do not use frozen spinach. I've made the mistake and it gives a very odd texture. 

Nutrition Facts
Vegetable Pesto Pasta Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 234 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 5.4g34%
Trans Fat 0.082g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 14.4g
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 172mg7%
Potassium 81mg2%
Carbohydrates 2.43g1%
Fiber 0.2g1%
Sugar 0.12g0%
Protein 5.04g10%
Vitamin A 1850IU37%
Vitamin C 2.5mg3%
Calcium 130mg13%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.