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!
4.6 from 27 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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 

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

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

  7. 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. 

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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. 

  12. 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. 

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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

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