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Espagueti Verde (Mexican Green Spaghetti)

Espagueti verde or “green spaghetti” is a delicious Mexican recipe consisting of spaghetti noodles in a flavorful and creamy green pasta sauce. Espagueti rojo is another Mexican take on spaghetti that’s also super delicious and even easier to make.

espagueti verde garnished with crumbled queso fresco on a red plate

Espagueti verde is one of my husbands favorite meals that I make for him.

It is a popular dish commonly served at celebrations and gatherings.

What is green spaghetti made of?

You may be wondering how exactly the spaghetti gets it green color.

Well, apart from the spaghetti noodles espagueti verde consists of a poblano cream sauce.

Poblano peppers are what gives the sauce it’s green color.

They are also the same peppers used when making chiles rellenos.

The concept of a green sauce for pasta may seem strange at first but you gotta give it a try.

The flavor is absolutely amazing.

Is it spicy?

No, this dish is not spicy.

Poblano peppers can vary in their level of heat.

They’re usually pretty mild but sometimes you might get one that’s a little spicy.

If you do happen to get a pepper that is spicy the ingredients in the sauce will mellow it out so that it isn’t too spicy.

Espagueti verde ingredients

This dish is made from simple ingredients such as:

  • poblano peppers
  • garlic cloves
  • white onion
  • cilantro
  • chicken bouillon
  • ground black pepper
  • cream cheese (softened)
  • milk
  • butter
  • spaghetti

How to make green spaghetti

The first step is to roast the poblano peppers.

Place them on a baking sheet lined with foil.

poblano peppers

Then put them under the broiler for ten minutes.

They will look like this after the ten minutes.

roasting poblano peppers

Flip the peppers over and put them back under the broiler for another ten minutes so the other side can blacken.

Place the peppers in a plastic bag to sweat for about 20 minutes.

Once they have cooled down you can start peeling the skin off them.

Cut the stems off and throw them away you won’t need them.

Then scoop out the seeds.

Cut the peppers into strips as if you were making rajas con crema.

strips of poblano peppers

Put the pepper strips into a blender along with two peeled garlic cloves, 1/4 of a white onion, 1/2 bunch of chopped cilantro, 2 tsp of chicken bouillon, 1/2 tsp of ground black pepper, 8 oz cream cheese (softened) and 1 cup of milk.

Before putting the cream cheese in the blender I diced it into smaller squares to make it easier to blend.

Blend for a couple of minutes until you get a smooth sauce.

green poblano salsa

Set the salsa aside while you cook the spaghetti.

Bring water to a boil.

Then add the spaghetti and cook according to the instructions on the box.

I prefer my spaghetti al dente but its all up to you.

While the spaghetti is cooking heat up 2 tbs of butter in a separate pot over medium heat.

Once the butter is melted and sizzling add the green sauce.

Let the salsa warm up.

green salsa in a pot

Once the spaghetti is done drain it and add it to the pot with the sauce.

Use tongs to help the spaghetti get completely coated in the sauce.

The spaghetti is now done and ready to be served.

pot of espagueti verde

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What to serve with green spaghetti

Espagueti verde is a delicious and easy recipe that can be served on its own or as a side.

It’s really good as a side to carne asada and baked chicken.

It’s also good served with warm corn tortillas and garnished with crumbled queso fresco.

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Espagueti verde recipe

I really hope you enjoyed this recipe for Mexican green spaghetti (espagueti verde).

It really is a delicious way to prepare spaghetti. I hope you will give it a try. It’s something the whole family will love.

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espagueti verde (green spaghetti) on a red plate
green spaghetti on a red plate
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Green Spaghetti

Delicious green spaghetti made from poblano peppers.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword espagueti verde, green spaghetti
Prep Time 15 days
Cook Time 35 days
Servings 6
Author carissa perez

Ingredients

  • 4 poblano peppers
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1/4 white onion piece
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro chopped
  • 2 tsp chicken bouillon
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper ground
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened and diced
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 lb spaghetti

Instructions

  1. Put the poblano peppers on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.

  2. Put the peppers under the broiler for ten minutes. Then take them out flip them over and return to the broiler for another 10 minutes.

  3. Place the peppers in a plastic bag to sweat for about 20 minutes.

  4. Once peppers have cooled start peeling the skin off them. take off the stems and throw away. Then carefully scoop out the seeds.

  5. Cut the peppers into strips

  6. Transfer the peppers into the blender along with garlic cloves, onion, cilantro, chicken bouillon, black pepper, cream cheese and milk.

  7. Blend for a few minutes or until you get a smooth salsa.

  8. Set the salsa aside while you cook the spaghetti.

  9. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Salt the water well. Add the spaghetti and cook according to the instructions on the box.

  10. While the spaghetti is cooking. Heat up the butter in a separate pot over medium heat. Once the butter is melted and sizzling add in the salsa. Let the salsa cook while you wait for the spaghetti to cook. Taste the salsa to see if you want to add salt.

  11. Once spaghetti is done drain it and add it to the salsa. Use tongs to help coat the spaghetti in the salsa. Remove the pot of spaghetti from heat.

  12. Serve and enjoy. Garnish with crumbled queso fresco.

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Is this good for a potluck?

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