Pasta with Creamy Spinach Sauce

Pasta with Spinach Sauce

This is a perfect week night meal the whole family will enjoy. Sneaking spinach into a dish it is a great way to get your picky kids to eat more leafy greens without any complaints.

This is a wonderful and simple pasta dish that can be served with salad and bread on the side.




(4-6 servings)

  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 cup onions, diced
  • 1 pound fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup hot pasta water
  • Salt & ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 pound dried penne or other pasta
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • Red hot pepper (optional)


  1. In a fry pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onion and sauté lightly until golden, 5 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute more.
  2. Add the spinach and sauté, stirring, until completely wilted, about 3 minutes. Add the salt and pepper and continue sautéing for about 2 minutes more.
  3. Place the spinach mixture, parsley, feta cheese and cream cheese in a food processor. Add the hot pasta water. Then season with salt and plenty of black pepper.
  4. Cook the pasta per package instructions. Drain and toss immediately with the green sauce. Sprinkle red hot pepper on top and serve with asiago or parmesan cheese.
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  1. says

    This looks delicious! What great colours! I still have cravings for your other pasta dish some time ago though. The one with meatballs in a creamy sauce. Swedish meatballs if I remember correctly? Still have yet to try it!

  2. says

    This dish looks really good and I would not have to force anyone to eat it. At first I thought that you had extra-green penne rigata with no sauce at all. I woudl really like this and I feel that it is an easy recipe to improvise with using other kinds of greens, cheeses or whatever. Thanks! I love your blog, too!

  3. says

    I had to look twice and read twice to make sure I was not seeing spinach pasta instead of pasta with spinach sauce. It covers the penne so perfectly!!!! This is a gorgeous dish Erica and I am saving it.

  4. Theresa says

    Hello – can you suggest a subsitute for Feta cheese that would work nicely??? I am not a big fan of it and am afraid if i just remove it something would be missing?? thanks

  5. carocaro says

    I just made this one and I must say the taste is awesome (though I didn’t put feta :()! Gracias!

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