Pasta with Creamy Spinach Sauce

by Erica Dinho on February 16, 2011

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.


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(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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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ivy February 16, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Spinach and feta, yum.


2 lisaiscooking February 16, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Sounds great pureed with feta and cream cheese, and I always love pasta!


3 Belinda @zomppa February 16, 2011 at 4:31 PM

This looks so gorgeous – love the colors – giving me an idea for dinner!


4 Ann (napangel) February 16, 2011 at 6:43 PM

What a fabulous idea. I love spinach, so I’ll have to try this out.

By the way, I’ve awarded you the Stylish Blogger Award! I just love your site. (Feel free to ignore the assignments.) Congratulations!


5 Erica February 17, 2011 at 8:19 AM

Ann- Thank you!


6 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 16, 2011 at 7:55 PM

That color is gorgeous! I might have to borrow this for St. Patrick’s Day recipes :) Yum!


7 Amy @ cookbookmaniac February 17, 2011 at 6:42 AM

I am always looking for delicious, hearty weeknight meals. I am bookmarking this one!


8 5 Star Foodie February 17, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Sounds terrific with feta and spinach!


9 norma February 17, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Esto si que esta lindo. Very appetizing and I love my spinach.


10 Sharon @ Fun and Life February 17, 2011 at 5:09 PM

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!


11 Stevie February 17, 2011 at 5:40 PM

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!


12 grace February 18, 2011 at 5:49 AM

the sauce made your penne look so beautiful! great dish, erica. :)


13 Ziho February 18, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Mmmm great idea for kids! Looks so yummy!

Thank You!


14 Chris February 20, 2011 at 3:46 PM

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.


15 Cheri February 20, 2011 at 5:24 PM

This looks beautiful, Erica! I can’t wait to try this with my kids who don’t get enough greens.


16 A Canadian Foodie February 21, 2011 at 4:38 PM

I see nothing in the photo nut pasta and cheese – is the sauce under the pasta? The recipe looks lovely as I read it – and the green pasta is vibrant in the photo.


17 Tan February 21, 2011 at 9:48 PM

The dish looks tempting and amazing idea…I love to follow your…Thank you for sharing…;)


18 Theresa February 24, 2011 at 3:07 PM

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


19 Erica February 24, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Theresa- You can omit the feta cheese or use goat cheese!


20 carocaro March 6, 2011 at 4:16 PM

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


21 carocaro March 6, 2011 at 7:33 PM

by the way, I must say that I just found your blog yesterday and I love it!


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