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. 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!

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