5-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Pasta

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5-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Pasta-you only need 5 ingredients to make this quick and easy pasta dish! Add it to your dinner menu today! 

5-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Pasta

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5-Ingredient Pasta

Are you stressing about what to make for dinner tonight or maybe you haven’t even thought about dinner yet? Well, if you need a quick and easy dinner recipe, you have to make our 5-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Pasta. It is hands down one of our all-time favorite meals.

It is the meal we eat when we didn’t plan anything for dinner or when we are super busy and don’t have time or the desire to make an elaborate meal. It is also the recipe we make when we want plain, simple, GOOD food. Who says good food has to be complicated? You can make a delicious dinner with only five ingredients!

Spinach Parmesan Pasta Ingredients

Spinach Parmesan Pasta Ingredients

I love this recipe because it is made with basic ingredients that we always have on hand. I make sure we always pick these ingredients up when we are shopping at our Kroger store…or even better, I use Kroger’s FREE Grocery PickUp. They do the shopping and bring my groceries to my car. It’s a lifesaver.

Ok, back to the pasta! You will need the following FIVE ingredients to make this delicious pasta dish:

  • Pasta– We like to use spaghetti, but any pasta will work! Use whatever is in your pantry!)
  • Butter– The butter adds great flavor and I prefer it over olive oil in this pasta recipe, but if you only have olive oil, it will work.
  • Garlic– Use fresh garlic and not garlic powder for maximum flavor.
  • Spinach– If you don’t have fresh spinach you can use frozen spinach in pinch. Kale or arugula would also be good.)
  • Parmesan Cheese– Splurge and use good Parmesan cheese. Kroger always has a good selection.

That is it! This is a great pantry staple recipe. The ingredient list is simple, but the flavors are so good!

Easy Spinach Parmesan Pasta

How to Make Spinach Parmesan Pasta

Let’s get this pasta party started!

  • First, cook the pasta according to package directions. Make sure you salt your water and cook the pasta until al dente. Before you drain the pasta, make sure you reserve ½ cup of the pasta water! Drain the pasta and set aside.
  • Using the same pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add in the pasta and spinach. Gently toss and cook until spinach leaves are wilted. If the pasta starts to dry out, add in some of the reserved pasta water. We usually add about 1/3 cup. Stir in 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese and toss until combined. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.
  • Pour pasta into a large bowl. Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

Pasta Variations

If you want to jazz up this pasta recipe and go beyond the five ingredients, here are a few suggestions.

  • Add in a little fresh lemon juice and lemon zest. The lemon will brighten up the pasta dish.
  • Want to add a protein? Stir in rotisserie chicken or cooked chicken. Chickpeas or white beans are also tasty!
  • Spice things up with a dash of crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Chop up some fresh basil or parsley and sprinkle it over the pasta
5-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Pasta Recipe

Serving Suggestions

I am happy with a big old bowl of this pasta for dinner, but if you want a few side dish suggestions, here are our favorites.

5-Ingredient Pasta

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5-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Pasta

You only need 5 ingredients to make this amazing pasta dish!
4.58 from 26 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Total Time
15 minutes
Cuisine
Italian
Servings
4

Ingredients

  • 8 oz spaghetti or pasta of your choice
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups packed baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Add the pasta to a large pot of boiling salted water and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Set pasta aside.
  2. Using the same pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add in the pasta and spinach. Gently toss and cook until spinach leaves are wilted. If the pasta starts to dry out, add in some of the reserved pasta water. We usually add about 1/3 cup. Stir in 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese and toss until combined. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.
  3. Pour pasta into a large bowl. Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
5-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 352 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 305mg13%
Potassium 393mg11%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 4590IU92%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 200mg20%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 5 stars
    This dish is so delicious! I added halved grape tomatoes. My whole family loved it as well. This will be my go to and I will add chicken or shrimp next time. Thank you! 

  2. 5 stars
    Yea so this was awesome!!! I added more garlic powder because I just love garlic but other than that it’s amazing I’m going to freeze half to enjoy it for a meal in the next week or so

  3. 5 stars
    I love this recipe..its a regular stand by at our home….I often add some store bought rotisserie chicken to make a quick meal after work. Absolutely delish!

  4. 5 stars
    Was really good as a base but no flavor really…. I added red, yellow, orange peppers, red pepper flakes and a pinch of cayenne…..really lovely ❤
    PS~Should have added tomatoes right at the end too!!

  5. 5 stars
    I just made this last night. I used Gemelli pasta (it’s curly). At the end I added spicy garlic oil and toasted pine nuts – fabulous. You can’t go wrong with this recipe. Thanks.

  6. This was SO good!! So super easy too. The only changes I made were:
    I added a few chopped up leaves of fresh basil and I cut up the spinach leaves too.
    Thank you for an absolutely delicious meal!

    1. Oops! One more edit to the recipe: I only used 2 tablespoons of butter. I didn’t need to add the left over water from the pasta though. It wasn’t dry at all.

  7. I love this recipe. However, I have a question! Whenever I cook angel hair (yum), the pasta invariably becomes one thick knot and I can’t get the spinach to mix in evenly. Usually the spinach just sits at the bottom of the pan apart from the pasta. How do I prevent this? Any advice is appreciated. Thank you, and delicious recipe!

    1. This happens to me every time I make it and using tongs doesn’t seem to make it any better. That being said, we LOVE this dish and make it often – even with clumps of spinach and pasta.

  8. This is such a great versatile recipe! I tweaked it a bit. I used olive oil instead of butter, added some red pepper flakes and used store bought shaved Parmesan and Romano cheeses. Threw in a little lemon juice. Thinking for a protein this would be so great with some Cajun blackened shrimp. Thanks for sharing!

  9. 5 stars
    Love love loved it. I had expected to have to spruce it up (with lemon or chille pepper flakes or basil or something) I DID NOT! the butter and the garlic and the parmesan made this fantastic. Sauteing the butter and the garlic and the spinach (and the cooked pasta) made the flavors blend so much better than other recipes I’ve tried. Yum yum yum (don’t skimp on the butter or parmesan or the salt, it is what makes it fantastic)

  10. So good. I threw in leftover charcuterie board meat from the freezer and was a hit. Thank you! Will definitely make agin.

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