A bowl of Spaghetti with Spinach Sauce with a fork next to it on the plate
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Spaghetti with Spinach Sauce

This recipe for spaghetti with spinach sauce is an indulgent pasta dish that's quick and simple to make.  Whip up this cheap, easy and satisfying meal in just 15 minutes.
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Keyword healthy pasta sauce, Spinach Pasta, spinach sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 113kcal
Author Erren Hart


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves sliced
  • 16 oz fresh baby spinach washed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese plus more for serving


  • Heat the olive oil in a large deep frying pan on medium-high heat.  Add the garlic and cook to soften, but not quite brown.
  • Add the spinach and sauté with the garlic until wilted. Season with salt and pepper, remove from heat and set aside.
  • Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Reserve a cup of the pasta water before draining. Drain, and set aside.
  • Add the spinach and garlic mixture to a food processor or blender with the cheese and half of the pasta water. Puree until it forms a sauce (adding more pasta water if needed).
  • Add the sauce back into the pan to combine and heat through, again adding more pasta water if needed.
  • Once heated through, taste and season with more salt and pepper if necessary. Serve sprinkled with extra grated cheese.



  • Work fast with the garlic. Garlic burns easily, especially when chopped or sliced. If you’re worried it may burn, keep a little water handy and add a tablespoon or two before adding the spinach to the pan.
  • To puree the sauce, I use a food processor, but a blender would also work if you add the pasta water in before blending.
  • I use fresh spinach, but frozen would work too if it’s thawed and squeezed of excess water. 


Calories: 113kcal | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 201mg | Potassium: 11mg | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 0.1mg