pesto cream sauce pasta with a fork on a white plate

Creamy, flavorful, nourishing pesto cream pasta sauce. This creamy lemon pesto white bean sauce is light and fresh, dairy free, easy to make, and so dreamy.

A new go-to pasta sauce, for sure! Made with staples that I always have on hand- many of which are easy pantry staples! This sauce will pair perfectly with any noodle or veggie noodle you have on hand, plus any protein if you want 🙂

This pesto cream sauce sneaks in a bunch of nutrients- from green veggies and fiber-rich white beans, and some healthy fats. It is truly magical!

pesto cream sauce pasta with a fork on a white plate

This sauce is perfect when you want something that feels fancy but is healthy and super easy to whip up. All you need is 10 minutes or less to get dinner on the table! Such a win.

I can’t wait for you guys to try this new pasta sauce. Be sure to let me know if you give this a try 🙂 Enjoy! xo

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Vegan White Bean Lemon Pesto Cream Sauce

  • Author: Mia Zarlengo
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 34 servings 1x
  • Category: Lunch, Dinner


Super creamy and nourishing vegan white bean creamy lemon pesto pasta sauce!


  • 1 (15.5 oz) can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tbsp vegan pesto
  • 2 tbsp vegan cream cheese
  • 1 handful of baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp unsweetened plain almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • Juice of 1 small lemon
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes 
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt, plus more to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Reserved pasta water, as needed 


  1. Make your pasta of choice, and reserve 1/4 cup of pasta water before draining.
  2. To make the sauce, add all ingredients (besides pasta water) to a blender and blend until very smooth.
  3. Add sauce to a large sauce pan on low heat to gently heat. Tip: be sure to use a rubber spatula to get all of the sauce out of the blender!
  4. Add your pasta of choice to the saucepan and stir to combine. Add reserved pasta water as needed to thin the sauce (if needed). Serve and enjoy! 

Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Lunch + Dinner, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian


Jan 22, 2021

Vegan White Bean Lemon Pesto Cream Sauce

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  1. MKB says:

    Super quick & easy to make! I had frozen pesto and just broke a piece off and added to rest of ingredients. So good on any noodles.

  2. Emily says:

    So good and easy!

  3. Alyssa says:

    Another amazing healthy and easy pasta dish! Seriously so good.

  4. BB says:

    Made for dinner it is really tasty!!! As I have recently been diagnosed with GERD finding yummy recipes has been difficult but this one was so easy and great!! Thank you

  5. Alexis says:

    Hi I wanted to know if we could get the amount calories that are in your recipes? ????

  6. Radka says:

    So easy and quick to make and so yummy!

  7. Lexi says:

    I would have never thought about combining avocado and pasta but it’s genius!!

  8. Martina Ferraro says:

    I love your recipes. Just wondering if I could exclude the vegan cream cheese or switch it for something else? I just don’t have any in my kitchen at the moment.
    Thank you 😀

    • ROSEMARY REED says:

      Surprised it actually turned out delicious and tasty, with a great texture! Actually tasted better than the lemoi pesto spaghetti I had in Almafi. Great combination that keeps that lemon flavor!!

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