Tahini Pasta Recipe

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This tahini pasta is extra creamy and extra flavorful. It borders on a thai flavor, but the focus is really on the tahini and peanut. Together they make a very rich, creamy sauce that is delicious!

Ya, this one is goooood.

My friend brought me a plate of something the other day and asked if I could make a “healthy” version. She got it at the cafeteria where she works.

A serving of this richly flavored Tahini Pasta, sits on a white plate waiting to be devoured.

I never even got to try it. I just looked at what was in it, took a sniff, and got to work.

I still don’t know if I came close or not, but she sure did love my version. I did too. I’ll make this one again and again. Seriously yummy!

TAHINI PASTA SAUCE

This sauce is rich, creamy and has what some may consider to be strong flavors.

I should mention here that I love strong flavors. So the peanut sauce is heave on flavor. If you prefer a milder flavor, add an extra 1/4 cup of milk to the sauce and go light when pouring it on. You should taste the sauce before stirring it into the pasta.

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TAHINI PASTA RECIPE:

Clean Eating Peanut Tahini Pasta

Tahini Pasta

A fabulous, creamy pasta made with tahini and peanut butter!
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Course: Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 252kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. whole wheat spaghetti noodles
  • 1 lb. frozen spinach
  • 1 1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 4 breasts)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth (no sugar added)
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (no sugar added)
  • 8 oz. tahini
  • 1 cup milk (plus extra if needed)
  • 8 oz. cherry tomatoes (halved)

Instructions

  • Cook noodles and spinach in the same pot, to pasta's package directions.
  • Cut up chicken and cook in a pan using olive oil and chicken broth.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, tahini and milk, adjusting milk to get a nice, creamy and smooth consistency.
  • After draining the noodles and spinach, transfer to the mixing bowl and stir until the noodles are well coated with sauce.
  • Lastly, stir in the tomatoes and serve.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 460mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3441IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 2mg

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39 Comments

  1. Sounds wonderful. I have been avoiding pastas while losing weight but I think as a treat I’ll make this beautiful and obviously tasty plate!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Areta – Treats are an important part of losing weight. Let me know how you like it!

  2. This might be a silly question, but what exactly is “tahini?” I’m new to clean eating, but I noticed that this ingredient is in a package, and I thought most “packaged” foods are no-nos. But it sounds DELISH! 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Stacey – Certain packaged foods are okay. It all comes down to the ingredient list. Tahini is “mooshed up” sesame seeds. So long as you recognize (what should be a very small list) each and ever ingredient in the list, you should be okay. Most Tahini is clean. But please do read the labels.

  3. Do you mix the sauce in the pan you cooked the chicken in over heat or you mix it cold?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sally – Thanks! I need to clarify that in the recipe. I mix the sauce in a separate bowl and mix it with the pasta as a last step, after everything has been cooked and is done.

  4. Tiffany,at what point do you add the tomatoes? Thanks for the recipe!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Elena – At the end. You don’t want to heat them.

  5. I tried this last night, I thought it was a little too “peanutty” for my taste, but ok. maybe I put too much tahini in, I had a “jar” 8-oz. ?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Colette – The tahini would not have made it taste to “peanutty”. The peanut butter would have done that. Maybe next time try using 1/4 cup instead. I really like the flavor of peanut butter, so it was yummy to me.

  6. I tried this the other night. Hubby thought it was too much PB… I didn’t think so. I think next time I’ll halve the PB and add some other veggies and maybe some pepper flakes to spice it up a bit. It’s a great recipe. Thank you for sharing.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Glad you liked it! My husband and I really enjoy PB. I can understand where it may be a bit strong for some folks.

  7. lean and fit says:

    I think i’m going to act on the idea of having my lil girl help out, she is always begging to help….lol

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      L&F – You should! Having your kids in the kitchen is a fantastic way to build memories!

  8. Yay I only need to get tomatoes and I can try this!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Paulissa – It’s seriously good stuff! But start of slow with the sauce and adjust. It’s strong!

  9. Hi…sounds tasty! I’m curious though, 8 oz of tahini, that’s a full cup, right?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Terra – That would be about right. 🙂

  10. I made this fantastic recipe last night. Unfortunately, my husband doesn’t care for spinach, but he ate around it for the most part. The problem is that we have a truckload of leftovers (we don’t have kids)…I just hope it’ll stay good for 3-4 days while I manage to make my way through it all!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kimmer – Yes, most of my recipes yield a large amount because I cook for 5 people. Try freezing a small amount tonight, defrosting tomorrow, and seeing how it holds up. If it does (which I think it should), portion it out and put it in the freezer for a day you don’t/can’t cook.

  11. Thanks, Tiffany! I will try that!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Cassy – Yay!!! I love this one too. I don’t make it often enough. Might have to change that…

  13. graciouspantry says:

    Andrea – I use a fine-meshed sieve. Works great.

  14. graciouspantry says:

    Andrea – I use a fine-meshed sieve. Works great.

  15. graciouspantry says:

    Use almond milk (unsweetened)

  16. gluten free? says:

    Do you think rice pasta would work with the flavors just as well? Trying to avoid gluten.

  17. Gabrielle says:

    In the ingredient section you list 1/2 cup of chicken and I was wondering if that was a typo? Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Gabrielle – Yes! Thank you for pointing that out. It’s 1/2 a POUND.

  18. I’m trying to make this recipe. So I need 1/2 pound of chicken in addition to 4 raw chicken breasts? Also the recipe says to cut up chicken and cook with chicken broth but it doesn’t say how much broth

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Erica – Sorry about that. Just updated the recipe. Let me know how you like it!

  19. I don’t have any spinach on hand, but I have a bunch of kale that needs to be used up. Would kale work in place of spinach?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Caroline – Sure!

  20. I just made this – seems like alot of the PB-tahini sauce. Will that freeze for later use?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lori – I never had any left over, but you could freeze a small portion overnight and see how it hold up when thawed tomorrow.

  21. This was great I used fresh spinach I wish I would have used frozen probably more flavor, and I used rice pasta and was perfect. And I added some crushed red pepper for a little bit of spice thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Monica – My pleasure! So glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  22. I made this and it’s yummy. Just curious if it should be served cold or hot?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kathy – I served it warm, but you can serve it which ever way you prefer it. 🙂

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