How to Make Creamy Tahini Pasta

Creamy tahini pasta is nutty, earthy, and slurpable, with bright notes of lemon and garlic. This healthy pasta recipe is protein-rich, dairy-free, and very customizable. It's a quick & easy recipe that uses simple ingredients and is ready in 30 minutes!

– extra-virgin olive oil – cherry tomatoes – garlic cloves – salt & black pepper – rotini, rigatoni, or fusilli pasta – tahini – juice and zest of one lemon – fresh parsley – red pepper flakes

Recipe Ingredients

In a large skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add cherry tomatoes and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, until tomatoes have burst and start to look jammy. Add minced garlic and ½ teaspoon of salt and cook for an additional minute.

Recipe Instructions

Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package instructions in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Before draining, remove 1 cup of pasta water from the pot and set aside.

Recipe Instructions

In a medium bowl, whisk remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, lemon zest, black pepper, and the remaining ½ teaspoon of salt. Slowly stream in the reserved cup of pasta water and whisk until smooth.

Recipe Instructions

Add cooked pasta and tahini sauce to pan with cherry tomatoes. Use a wooden spoon or large spatula to toss and combine over medium-low heat, until sauce thickens and clings to the noodles, about 2-4 minutes.

Recipe Instructions

Serve garnished with fresh parsley and red pepper flakes (if using). Season to taste with additional salt if necessary.

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