Green Spaghetti

We saw this on Jamie Oliver’s TV show and made it that night. He calls for cavolo nero as the greens, but dinosaur kale or spinach or any dark leafy green will do. The bigger the green, the easier it is to fish out of the boiling water, so keep that in mind.

Start to finish this whole recipe takes about 10 minutes, but it’s pretty rapid fire once you get stated. Have plates and an appetite standing by.


  • dried spaghetti

  • giant bunch of dark greens (see notes)

  • 4 cloves of garlic

  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

  • 1.4 cup ricotta or queso fresco


  • Bring water to a boil and add spaghetti, greens, and whole garlic cloves

  • Wilt the greens for a few minutes

  • Use tongs to move greens and garlic to a blender, add fresh-grated parmesan, pulse for a few mins, add salt and pepper to taste

  • Drain pasta, reserving a cup or so of the water

  • Toss pasta in sauce, adding a splash of water to make everything happy

  • Plate and top with freshly crumbled cheese and more cracked black pepper