This spicy tahini baked penne with broccoli & spinach will quickly become your new favorite easy, prep-ahead weeknight dinner. And would you believe me if I told you I spend less than 30 minutes a night in the kitchen on weekdays? I’m partnering with Cascade to share with you the two things that make it possible...
Spicy Tahini Baked Penne
Spicy Tahini Sauce
- 1/2 cup tahini
- ½-1 cup vegetable broth
- 1 jalapeno pepper
- 6 cloves garlic peeled
- 1 lemon juiced
- 1 head broccoli separated into florets
- 8 oz. spinach
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 1 lb. pasta
- 8 oz. mozzarella shredded
- 15 oz. ricotta cheese
- ½ cup grated parmesan
- Preheat your oven to 350F and bring a pot of water to boil for your pasta.
- In a blender, add your tahini, ½ cup of vegetable broth, half your jalapeno pepper, the 6 peeled garlic cloves, and lemon juice. Blend until smooth. Add more vegetable broth as needed. You are looking for the consistency of a smooth marinara sauce. Add the rest of the jalapeno pepper if you want it to be spicier.
- Cook your pasta 3 minutes less than suggested on the box. Drain and set aside.
- Mix your pasta, broccoli, spinach, ⅔ of the mozzarella, ricotta, spicy tahini sauce, salt, & pepper. Toss well to coat.
- Transfer to a 13x9 glass baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
- Bake 25-30 minutes until heated through and cheese is melted.
Step-by-step baked tahini pasta
First, make your pasta sauce by adding all your sauce ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth. Add more vegetable broth as needed. You are looking for the consistency of a smooth marinara sauce.
Next, add your undercooked pasta, broccoli, spinach, ⅔ of the mozzarella, spicy tahini sauce, salt, & pepper.
Toss well to mix.
Transfer to a 13x9 glass baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
Bake 25-30 minutes until heated through and cheese is melted.
How do you have time to cook dinner on weeknights?
This is the number one most asked question I get from friends, followers, EVERYONE. And guess what? It’s only two things, and they’re more than easy for you to take on! (1) Going to the grocery store once a week (or less) and (2) using Cascade pure essentials for easy clean up.
Go to the grocery store ONCE a week.
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Easy clean up.
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Afraid of cleaning the pan after a baked pasta?
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Looking for more pasta dishes other than this spicy tahini baked pasta?
Check out more of my favorite pasta dishes here!
This post has been sponsored by Cascade. All thoughts and opinions are my own.