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Close up view of a plate of pasta with basil, parsley and kale.

Tahini Pasta

  • Author: Catherine Perez
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This rich and creamy Tahini Pasta combines simple ingredients like garlic, lemon and fresh herbs to make the ultimate comfort meal ready in just 20 minutes.



Tahini Pasta Sauce

  • 1/3 cup good quality tahini
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast, optional
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp yellow or white miso paste, optional
  • Juice and zest of one medium lemon
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1/4 cup ice water to thin


  • 1 lb pasta, I used rigatoni
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch of kale, stems removed
  • 1 cup reserved pasta water
  • 1/4 cup parsley, minced
  • 1/4 cup Basil leaves, sliced


  1. Tahini Sauce: Mix the tahini, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, nutritional yeast, Italian seasoning, miso paste, lemon, maple syrup, and a good pinch of salt and pepper together until it starts to thicken. Slowly pour in the the iced cold water and whisk until no lumps remain in the sauce.
  2. Pasta: Bring a pot of water to a boil and generously salt it. Once boiling add the pasta and cook according to package. Reserve some pasta water, then drain the pasta.
  3. Assemble: To a large skillet heat the remaining olive oil then sauté your shallots until softened. Stir in the garlic and continue sauteing until fragrant. Add the kale and sauté until it has wilted. To the pan, add in the warm pasta, the tahini sauce and the reserved pasta water. Give the pasta a good mix to coat. Top with some minced parsley, fresh basil leaves, fresh cracked black pepper and salt and extra lemon zest before serving.


Make sure to use good quality tahini. Can’t emphasize this enough! Use brands you love to prepare your sauce. I love to use Soom Foods because it is beautifully smooth and does not have the strong bitter notes as other tahini brands may have.

Use ice cold water to thin out your sauce. When cold water touches tahini, it causes it to fluff up and become creamier when mixed together.

Slowly add the water. Don’t add it all at once. Spoon it in a tablespoon at a time until the mixture is at the right creaminess. Remember, once you add it in you can’t take it out.

Don’t forget to salt your pasta water. This will infuse more flavor into the pasta and some of the pasta water will be used to thicken and flavor the sauce.

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