How to make Rotini Pasta

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Rotini Pasta is corkscrew-shaped pasta from the Italian word meaning ‘small wheels.’ This type of pasta is excellent for sauces because the shape allows the pasta to hold some sauce within the twisted rings. This recipe for rotini pasta uses these twisted flavor pockets to complement our rich, creamy sauce. However, instead of your usual cheese sauce, we have chosen to use nut butter that adds a rich earthy flavor while still being creamy. Then we add some tangy bits of sun-dried tomatoes and fresh spinach greens to round out the flavors. For our Vegan and Vegetarian followers, we have also given you substitutions so that you too can enjoy this delicious dish. So if you’re in the mood for a decadently creamy, tangy, earthy, and meaty bowl of goodness, look no farther than this rotini pasta recipe.

Author: Rachel Ottier-Hart
Average: 5 (6 votes)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins


Vegetarian/ Vegan Option


Cook the rotini pasta according to the package directions, strain, and coat with 3 tablespoons of oil from the sun-dried tomatoes to prevent the pasta from sticking together then set aside for later.
Rotini pasta boiling in a pot of water
Season the chicken (mushrooms) with the zaatar, salt, and black pepper and set aside.
A glass bowl filled with diced raw chicken and seasoning
Using a large deep sauté pan, place 3 tablespoons of the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes into the pan and warm to medium to high heat.
A pan on a gas stove with sundried tomato oil being added to it
Once the oil is hot, add the shallots, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and sauté for 3-5 minutes.
A pan with oil shallots garlic and sundried tomatoes cooking in it
Add the chicken and cook for 10-15 minutes or until completely cooked.
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Add the spinach and cook for 3-5 minutes or until it begins to wilt; then remove from the heat and set aside.
Spinach being mixed and wilted in a pan with seasoned chicken
Mix the tahini, peanut butter, and milk using a large bowl until it becomes a silky smooth sauce. Add more milk if necessary to create a flowing consistency.
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Add the pasta to the bowl of sauce mixture and toss to thoroughly coat the pasta.
Sauce and rotini pasta together inside a bowl
Add the chicken mixture to the sauced pasta and mix again, combining the ingredients and coat in sauce evenly.
A bowl with rotini pasta being mixed with sauce chicken spinach and sundried tomatoes
Serve warm with a sprinkling of zaatar on top, and enjoy.
A large serving bowl of chicken spinach rotini pasta and sundried tomatoes
Vegetarian Vegan Option
Replace the Chicken breast pieces with the Oyster Mushrooms
Replace the Whole Milk with Cashew Milk
Follow the exact cooking instructions with these substitutions.

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