Paul Heathcote’s spaghetti piemontesi

Paul Heathcote / 10 April 2013

This is a classic spinach spaghetti recipe that can be made vegetarian by replacing Parmesan with a vegetarian cheese such as Old Winchester.

Cooking time

30 minutes




  • 50g butter
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 250g spinach, well washed and stalks removed
  • 8 sage leaves, chopped
  • Nutmeg
  • Parmesan or vegetarian alternative such as Old Winchester
  • Sea salt to season
  • Freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 500g spaghetti


1. Melt half of the butter in a large saucepan, add the onions and garlic and sweat for one minute.

2. Add the spinach and stir well before adding the sage leaves.  Season with nutmeg and a little salt and pepper.

3. Cook until the spinach is wilted (about 1-2 minutes) before removing from the heat.  Drain well to remove the water and place in a food processor and puree.

4. Meanwhile cook the spaghetti in plenty of boiling salted water until cooked but still firm. Drain, stir in the remaining butter and check the seasoning.

5. Stir in the spinach, sprinkle the Parmesan or Old Winchester over the top and serve immediately.

Recipe courtesy of Great British Chefs. For more pasta recipes visit

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