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Overhead view of tahini pasta garnished with herbs and crispy chickpeas.

Tahini Pasta

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  • Author: Lexi
  • Total Time: 15 Minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


We pair pasta with a creamy tahini sauce for an easy, filling, and delicious dinner that's ready in just 15 minutes. Not only is this tahini pasta recipe super simple to follow, but it can also be made in one pot. You can customize by adding vegetables or proteins, but we love it as is!


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  • 12 oz. pasta of choice, reserve some water from pasta for sauce
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 3/4 cup water reserved from cooked pasta
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (vegan or regular)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp fine grain kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper, plus more for topping
  • Optional for topping: crispy chickpeas, sautéed broccoli


  1. Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions. Typically, pasta will be al dente in about 10 minutes. Add 1 tsp of salt for every quart of water that you add to the pan.

  2. Once the pasta is done, drain and reserve 1 cup of pasta water.
  3. Whisk together tahini, water, sour cream, lemon juice, 3/4 tsp of salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper until sauce is creamy and smooth.
  4. Toss cooked pasta with sauce and stir well. Serve immediately and enjoy! 


If the pasta has cooled down too much before serving, return to the pot for a minute or two to warm it up and loosen up the sauce. 

Don't forget to reserve a cup of the pasta water after the pasta is done cooking. The pasta water will help bind the sauce to the pasta and will add an extra richness to the sauce.

Storage: this pasta is best enjoyed fresh while the sauce is warm and loose. However, you can store leftovers for 3-4 days in an airtight container and reheat in microwave or stovetop before eating. If the sauce thickens up too much, add 1 tbsp of water at a time until it reaches desired consistency. 

Make it a full meal: add a protein like chickpeas, tofu, or chicken. You can also add sautéed vegetables - we love this with broccoli. 

  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 Bowl
  • Calories: 312
  • Sugar: 1.8 g
  • Sodium: 405.4 mg
  • Fat: 9.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 47.1 g
  • Fiber: 2.6 g
  • Protein: 10.6 g