This vegan poblano cream sauce pasta, which is my version of an espagueti verde recipe is creamy, spicy, and delicious! This creamy poblano sauce is made with a combination of almonds, roasted poblano peppers, garlic, and cilantro. It's blended until smooth then poured over your favorite pasta. My family usually makes it for Christmas, along with tamales, pozole, and buñuelos. It's one of those dishes that is easy to make in large quantities so it's perfect to take to a potluck or family gathering.
This is the first Mexican recipe I veganized and published on this blog. I can't believe it's been 4 years of blogging professionally!! So much has happened since I started, and I've learned so much. But there's still so much more to do and learn, and there are hundreds of vegan Mexican recipes yet to be made vegan.
Along the way, I've discovered an amazing community of people just like me who are Mexican or Mexican-American who have taken the plunge into veganism and sorely missed the food of their mamas and abuelas. People like me who realize that food is such a big part of our culture and simply don't want to miss out.
I hope my recipes inspire you to go vegan if you're not already one, and if you are one, that these recipes can help keep the traditions alive in your family without the cruelty or detrimental effects to your health that eating an animal-based diet brings.
The Recipe: Espagueti Verde
This "cream" sauce is made with raw almonds. You can use cashews instead if you like, but I think cashews are too sweet for this. It's pretty amazing that you can make a cream sauce with nothing but some nut and a blender!!
- If you do not have a high powered blender, you will have to soak the almonds the night before, and peel.
- Toss the sauce with the pasta in a large bowl. Do not heat up sauce, if the sauce gets too hot it could break.
- You can pour this on pasta or vegetable noodles. It also makes a great salsa for tacos.
- If this is not spicy enough for you, throw in a jalapeño with the poblano peppers in the oven.
Poblano Cream Sauce Pasta
- ¾ cup slivered almonds, raw
- ¼ cup Unsweetened almond milk or vegetable oil (see note)
- 1 clove Garlic, peeled
- ¼ cup Chopped cilantro
- 1 tbsp. Lemon juice, fresh
- ¾ cup Water
- 3 -4 Poblano peppers roasted, peeled, seeded
- To taste Salt
- To taste Pepper
- 1 lb. Spaghetti
- Place your almonds in a heat proof container and pour boiling water on them. Let soak overnight. Drain and set aside.
- Boil salted water in a large pot.
- Cook spaghetti according to the directions on the box.
- Meanwhile, place the almonds, almond milk, garlic, lemon juice, cilantro,water, and poblano peppers in the blender.
- Process until smooth, season with salt and pepper.
- Drain spaghetti and place in a large bowl.
- Add desired amount of sauce and toss.
- Serve immediately.
- You can add more poblano peppers or an extra jalapeño to increase the heat factor, but I wouldn’t recommend using less than three.
- If you want a really creamy sauce use oil instead of almond milk.
- If you do not have a high powered blender, I recommend you strain the sauce through a fine-mesh strainer.
Would using a food processor instead of a high power blender be as effective in breaking down the almonds?
It doesn't work as well in the food processor. If you don't have a high powered blender you can use a regular blender you just have to soak the almonds before hand.
Can I substitute dried pasilla chiles for the poblanos? Are they similar in heat?
No Amy, dried pasilla have a different flavor profile than poblanos. You want to use fresh chiles so if you can't find poblanos you can use anaheim or hatch chiles
Stefanie Black Hein
Oh my!! I made this tonight and it was amazing!! I used spaghetti squash instead of pasta to cut down on calories. The sauce is simply heavenly!! Thanks!
Thank you for commenting Stefanie. Glad you liked it!
thank you for this great recipe dora :) yummy
I love poblanos. This looks amazing!
That recipe is amazing! Thank you for sharing!!! Where did you move in CA? We would love to see you and Thomas and those baby dolls. Where is Thomas working? Look forward to hearing from you! Hugs,Teri XO