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Sauce Verde

Sauce Verde has fresh spinach, parsley, capers, lemon juice, olive oil and anchovies and is great drizzled over grilled steak, chicken, fish or tossed with pasta! This makes a little more than 1 1/2 cups total.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: green sauce, sauce verde
Servings: 8
Calories: 96kcal


  • 4 cups spinach leaves 1 bunch
  • 2 cups parsley leaves 1 bunch
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp anchovy paste (or 3 anchovy fillets)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 8 oz penne pasta


  • Add all ingredients except olive oil to a blender or food processor and purée. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil until a smooth sauce develops. Season to taste.
  • Cook pasta per package directions and drain, reserving a 1/4 cup pasta water.
  • In a large bowl toss the cooked pasta, entire batch of sauce verde and the pasta water. Season to taste and serve. Add shredded rotisserie chicken if desired.


Nutrition information is for Sauce Verde only.


Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 631mg | Potassium: 188mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2752IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg