Pasta with creamy spinach and ham sauce is a cozy, comforting meal that tastes great on a cold winter night. No need for dairy to make this rich, smooth sauce that pairs perfectly well with gluten free pasta and salty, savory ham.
Some days just seem to require a little comfort food, especially in the winter time. But maybe you feel a little tired of rich food after the holidays. I hear you!
How about a lighter dish? Like gluten free pasta in a creamy, dairy free sauce with spinach and ham.
This pasta is the perfect lighter solution. It’s not too heavy or rich, but it still has that creaminess from the coconut milk. If you’re avoiding dairy and gluten, this is the pasta recipe for you!
It’s always nice to have some easy, allergy friendly noodle recipes on hand for those days when you need to make something quickly! A big batch of pasta salad with pesto is great for packing in lunches, or a nice simple ragu sauce can be a family friendly dinner that’s also perfect for guests.
We made this on a chilly day last month, and it was eaten in no time flat. It’s one of those dishes that you keep going back for a little bit more, and a little bit more, until it’s all gone. I made this with ham, but it would also be very tasty with bacon instead. (Hey, all the spinach balances out the bacon, right?) ;)
What type of gluten free pasta works best in this recipe?
Any brand of gluten free pasta that is safe for your diet should be fine! Jovial makes rotini, and there are other brands to look into as well, like Ancient Harvest. If you are not gluten free, go ahead and use your regular pasta.
Can I use a different dairy free milk?
You can try using any dairy free milk that works for your needs! Try rice milk, soy milk, flax milk, or oat milk. The sauce will be slightly less rich if you don’t add full fat coconut milk, but it should still be flavorful and creamy.
This pasta with creamy spinach and ham sauce would be ideal for a cozy weekend filled with lots of relaxing and Netflix binge-watching. Just an idea for you. :)
If you love comforting pasta recipes, try this dairy free pasta with creamy kale sauce.
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Pasta with Creamy Spinach and Ham Sauce.
This pasta with creamy spinach and ham sauce is a cozy and comforting meal that's dairy free and gluten free.
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion chopped
- 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach about 1 ½ cups
- 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
- 15 ounces full fat coconut milk
- 2 Tablespoons vegan buttery spread
- ¾ cup ham chopped
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- red pepper flakes optional
- 10 ounces gluten free pasta I used fusilli
Cook the pasta according to package directions.
While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil and the chopped onion in a medium sized pot. Cook over medium heat until the onion is translucent, about 7 minutes.
Add the garlic powder and vegan buttery spread to the onion and stir. Add the spinach and stir until it is cooked through.
Add the can of full fat coconut milk, the cooked ham, salt and pepper, and simmer for about 5 minutes until everything is heated through.
Add a pinch of red pepper flakes if desired.
Put cooked pasta in bowls and top with sauce before serving.
Store leftovers in the refrigerator. They should stay fresh for a few days.
Amazing ! The combination of the sweet coconut milk, bitter spinach and spicy red pepper flakes is a winner !
I actually used 2c of thick ham chunks, a sm Red onion and added 4c of Fresh baby spinach at #4
Also Gemelli pasta – al dente – as it is a bit denser of a pasta
So Good !
A great tasty meal
Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens
This really does look like a perfect, cozy, comfort-food dish (for Netflix binges – haha!) with the huge benefit of being a little lighter and healthier! Bonus! And thanks for the tip on Aldi’s gluten-free pasta! We have an Aldi’s pretty nearby, but I’ve never tried that pasta – thanks for the heads-up!
It’s worth seeking out, because it’s good, and it’s cheap!
Oh my gosh, those spiraaaaaals! It’s been far too long since I’ve made pasta, so I’ll have to pick up some of that gf fuseli and do as Kelly does! I’m loving this creamy-spinachy-hammy combo and am totally up for a pasta and Netflix binge. Bring on the weekend!
Pasta is such a comfort food for me! Enjoy!