5-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Pasta

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

5-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Pasta This easy pasta recipe is a family favorite weeknight dinner.

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!

5-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Pasta Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com Love this quick and easy pasta dish!

5-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Pasta can be on the dinner table in under 30 minutes. A family favorite dinner!

That’s right, there are only five ingredients needed to make this delicious pasta and chances are you have all of them in your kitchen right now! Go gather some butter, garlic, spinach, pasta, and Parmesan cheese. That is it! These five ingredients come together to create a tasty pasta dish!

We like to use whole wheat angel hair pasta because it cooks up in a jiffy, but any pasta will work. Use whatever you have in your pantry!

5-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Pasta can be on the dinner table in under 30 minutes.

You can have this pasta dish on your table in 15 minutes! No joke! It is that easy. The flavors are simple, but oh so good! Sure, you can toss in other veggies or add some chicken, but the pasta is good as is! It doesn’t need any extras. Sometimes it is nice to just stick to simple.

And Caleb loves this one! He thinks it is fun to slurp up the noodles. I know it is frowned upon to slurp at the table, but I don’t care right now because he is enjoying dinnertime and even eating spinach! We will work on manners later:)

Don’t stress about dinner tonight, make our 5-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Pasta! It is a winner!

5-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Pasta is a quick and easy pasta dish that is great for lunch or dinner

5-Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Pasta

You only need 5 ingredients to make this amazing pasta dish!
4.55 from 24 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Total Time
15 minutes


  • 8 oz uncooked pasta we used whole wheat Capellini
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 5-6 cups packed baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  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.
  4. Note-we like to use DeLallo's Whole Wheat Capellini (angel hair) pasta because it cooks quickly! Feel free to use your favorite pasta.
5 Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Pasta is the perfect quick and easy meal! You only need 5 ingredients and 20 minutes to make this delicious dinner! #pasta #dinner #vegetarian

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. This looks delicious. Do you think it would work to substitute swiss chard? (I don’t have any spinach at the moment, but we’ve got lots of chard growing in the garden.)

  2. We really enjoyed this dish!
    Just a few additions & tips from this Italian Mama. I started the Sauce before cooking pasta as thin pasta tends to stick together. So I made sauce in a different pan than boiling the Angel Hair (Also broke in half for easier eating).

    For Sauce used butter and olive oil to saute garlic, also a little red pepper flakes. After garlic lightly browned took off heat & added 1 Bag baby spinach (took off stems) to wilt.

    Added hot drained pasta and added a little chicken broth along with pasta water. Threw in little pieces of fresh mozzarella and grated cheese!

    It was inexpensive and easy to make and OH SO GOOD!

  3. Making this tonight!! I don’t cook much with fresh spinach, 5-6 cups, how many 5 oz bags of baby spinach do you think that will take? 1 or 2? How packed do you make the cups? Thank you!!!

  4. OMG! This was so good. 🙂 I made it this evening and it was the perfect side for my chicken piccata. The only change I made was with the pasta. I used a mini bowtie pasta instead. Oh, and I only had frozen spinach handy. But it still turned out awesome. It’s always nice to have another way to feed my little ones their greens. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I love the frozen spinach idea.Thank you. I was considering a switch up since the fresh spinach is harder to work with.

    1. So glad I find you, making it tonight love this pasta, I added what I have at home some sun dry tomatoes, and Italian sausage,I also had a lot of spinach. Thank you again. Looking forward to more of your recipes.I also love cooking and entertaining.

  5. I loved how quick and easy this was. Tonight, was my second time using this recipe. It comes out great each time. I used  thin spaghetti noodles both times btw. Definitely a staple in my book, thank you!!

  6. This is so quick, & delicious too! The spinach & garlic give the pasta a welcome flavor boost that doesn’t overwhelm the parmesan. I was actually making yum sounds as I ate it! 😀

  7. Wow, I thank you for this recipe. I was having one of those uninspired nights tonight. I had a bag of spinach and not much else. I did have all the ingredients for this however. I ended up throwing some grape tomatoes in at the end for a little color. I will keep this recipe in mind.

  8. I added some tomato to it as well and it turned out quite nice. Have some salt and pepper ready though as it can be a bit plain.

  9. Just made this with a slight tweak.

    Added anchovy; cut back on the butter and used the oil from the anchovy to make up the difference.
    I can see Bruschetta working well too.

  10. I was very excited to try this recipe, as we love these flavors & it’s always great to add another quick meal to my repertoire. I followed the directions but my capellini rolled into a giant ball, resisting mixing with the other ingredients, even after adding pasta water. I am a pretty experienced cook but this wound up a textural nightmare. Next time I will either break the capellini into 2″ pieces or use linguini! Thanks for all the great ideas you post. 

  11. Made this tonight- maybe used too much pasta but it needed much more seasoning- added EVOO and some homemade pesto for some extra flavor.

  12. Looks great–I got big flat leaf spinach from my co-op….can I tear those into small pieces and use them instead???

  13. We have done variations on this for several years now – simplicity itself! Only neg comment is 8 oz. is not gonna feed four people – not in this house. I would double the recipe – use a whole pound of pasta – and add yet more spinach as it cooks down so much. Plus it is a serviceable leftover. We sometimes bake the rest into a frittata with eggs. 

  14. 5 stars
    Super easy and tasty. I browned a handful of pine nuts in pan before the garlic step and put them then tossed them back in when adding parmesan. Yummy!

  15. 4 stars
    Really simple to make and tasty even as leftovers. I added some yellow cherry tomatoes as I needed to use them up and it was great! Will make again.

  16. 5 stars
    I made a couple small changes. I used olive oil instead of butter. I also used Romano cheese instead of Parmesan, just because my family prefers it. For the pasta I used the long spaghetti length Fussili. The spinach was gripped nicely in the corkscrew shaped pasta.

  17. I definitely will try this recipe for dinner this week. I need to buy the spinach or I would have made it today.  I was a little confused with the cups of spinach, I thought maybe it was supposed to be ounces & not cups. 

  18. 5 stars
    Made it, was delish. 
    Great recipe you can also build on , 1/2 tsp  chicken bouillon, little olive oil, peas, sprinkle cayenne pepper, s&p, mozzarella. I also reserved a  1/2 cup of pasta water to mix in. 

  19. 1 star
    Really excited to try this dish and was thoroughly disappointed. I felt as if the flavours were not balanced enough as the spinach added a very distinguish taste that overlapped everything else.

  20. I started to wonder what I did wrong because it didn’t have that wow factor for me. Then it hit me. I forgot to add in the cheese. I only had grated parmesan but this dish was delicious!

  21. 4 stars
    This is a regular around our house. I add much more garlic. Most of the time I brown a couple of seasoned boneless chicken breasts, slice them and add to the pasta. Also I often add some milk, sort of a fake chicken alfredo.

  22. 4 stars
    It was great, the kids loved it. I caramelized some onions in the butter before adding the garlic to give it a little more flavor. Overall though it was great

  23. 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! 

  24. 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

  25. 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!

  26. 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!!

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

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