Recipe: Spinach and Garlic Pasta with Pine Nuts

Spinach and Garlic Pasta with Pine Nuts- Full Time MamaThere’s a cooking show my husband and I love to watch called Lidia’s Italy. One day she made this amazing, easy pasta dish with spaghettinni, olive oil, garlic, and cheese-fancy cheese.  I was able to find the recipe online and I made it using an easier to find, less expensive cheese, but last time I made it I made a few changes. Plates were scraped clean and my family has made multiple requests for this to appear in upcoming menu plans.

Spinach and Garlic Pasta with Pine Nuts
Serves 6
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound spaghetti
  2. 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  3. 10 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  4. 6 cups fresh spinach, washed and chopped
  5. 1/2 cup pine nuts
  6. ½ teaspoon (or more to taste) crushed red pepper
  7. 2 cups shredded Italian Cheese blend (or Parmesan and Mozzarella mixed if you can't find an Italian Cheese blend)
  8. parsley flakes for garnish
Instructions
  1. Bring 6 quarts of salted water to a boil in an 8-quart pot over high heat. Stir the spaghetti into the boiling water. Return to a boil, stirring frequently.
  2. Cook the pasta, semi-covered, stirring occasionally, until tender, but still very firm, about 6 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat 4 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, shaking the skillet and stirring, until pale golden, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the spinach and cook until wilted, about 3 minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and add pine nutes and ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper.
  6. Ladle about 1 ½ cups of the pasta cooking water into the sauce. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and salt to taste.
  7. Drain the pasta. If the skillet is large enough to accommodate the sauce and pasta, drop the pasta directly into the sauce in the skillet. If not, drain the pasta, return it to the pot and pour in the sauce.
  8. Bring the sauce and pasta to a simmer, tossing to coat with sauce. Cook until the pasta is coated with the sauce and done, about 1 minute. Remove the pot from the heat and toss in more cheese.
  9. Top with more crushed red pepper (if desired) and parsley flakes.
  10. Serve immediately.
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Comments

  1. joanna garcia says:

    I love to watch lidia’s italy! this is a great recipe which includes my fave ingred , garlic and spinach!! i will def be making this!

  2. What a great recipe! I do not like crunchy in my pasta, but my spouse is the opposite, he would love the addition of pine nuts! I do love all things garlic though, it cleans your blood and is so healthy!

  3. I love Lidia!! This recipe sounds really good. I have never had anything like pine nuts mixed into my pasta before, but it sounds good!

  4. I love garlic pasta! Would be a nice variation on our usual recipe.

  5. I try to avoid pasta but this is actually a pasta I think I could do. I have no self control when it comes to pasta but this recipe has so much healthy in it I think that the good will outweigh the bad 😉

  6. I love any pasta with spinach….I definitely am going to have to make this for us.

  7. My family gets so happy when there’s crunch in their food. ANY meal. We are big pine nuts lovers here too. Looks amazing

  8. I love the idea of making this dish. Sounds yummy!

  9. This sounds delicious! I love spinach and garlic, though I don’t think I’ve ever had a pine nut. Sounds like a good recipe to pin and try this weekend.

  10. That looks so good, I nearly drooled on the keyboard. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Yummy! I love any recipe with pine nuts, they are sooo good! I love watching Lidia too!

  12. That looks really tasty! I love pasta and garlic recipes though.

  13. I’m not one of those folks that swoon at the smell of Garlic. I MUST have it! I’m all over this dish, from the garlic (more, please!) to the pine nuts!

  14. That looks delish!! I bet my family would really enjoy that. I will make that for sure!!

  15. Yum! This looks absolutely scrumptious. I love spinach and garlic, so I would eat this up, no pun intended. I’ve pinned for later.

  16. That looks so good! I like pasta recipes without the red sauce.

  17. Yum this looks so tasty! My kind of meal!

  18. My kind of meal – thanks for sharing – printing to make soon.

  19. This looks like a great tasting meal an it rally does seem quite easy to make.

  20. MMM, that looks so good. I would never thought to add pine nuts.

  21. This looks nice and easy. I love that it has real food ingredients in it.

  22. I bet the pine nuts offer a yummy crunch!! Great recipe!

  23. I just tried pine nuts for the first time last year with pasta and loved them! However, my boyfriend is allergic to them so now I can’t use them anymore. Poo!

  24. This sounds so good. I like how you added pine nuts to it.

  25. I have the hardest time finding Pine Nuts! Where do you locate them? This looks delicious.

    • They sell them at all of our grocery stores, as well as at Costco. I’m shocked they don’t sell them at your stores! Hoping you can find them! 🙂

  26. This recipe looks fabulous! And pretty easy to make too! I have to try this one.

  27. We put pine nuts in an orange and spinach salad and they’re delicious. I bet they would be great with pasta!

  28. OMG’osh, that looks phenomenal!! We’re big pasta eaters here. I’ve never added anything like pine nuts to a pasta dish though. I bet that crunch is pretty awesome. Hmm….gonna have to add pine nuts to my shopping list. Can’t wait to try it!

  29. There are so many wonderful combos you can make with Pasta! This looks like a great one!

  30. I just love pine nuts! This recipe looks amazing, I think I could even get my kids to eat it. 🙂

  31. I havent tried pine nuts before. Im going to have to try this out.

  32. I make a dish very similar but without the pine nuts. I will pick some up at my next trip to try them out.

  33. This looks so good and easy, too! I pinned it to try soon.

  34. I love the idea of spinach and pine nuts in my pasta. And everything tastes good with garlic.

  35. I’ve never tried pine nuts before but I hear they’re good for me. I should give this a try!

  36. MM! Looks so good. Can’t wait to try. Garlic is the BEST with pasta!

  37. Ashley M says:

    This looks like a really fresh pasta salad.

  38. Eliz Frank says:

    What a nutritious recipe for a pasta dish. We eat a lot of pasta so this is a great recipe to use. TY!

  39. This sounds like a delicious recipe! I don’t think I’ve ever eaten pine nuts before but I love pasta!

  40. This looks amazing! I love this so much it sounds so delightful. The garlic and pine nuts yummy!

  41. I love finding new pasta recipes to try. I haven’t heard of the show but anything Italian is usually a win here. And it sounds healthier than most pasta dishes we make now.

  42. This is going to sound stupid but I’ve never heard of pine nuts before. I’m going to have to give them a try and see if I like them 🙂

  43. I don’t think this is something I would eat, but my husband loves spinach and this kind of stuff, so I would definitely try it for him.

  44. Oh YUM! I’m going to try this out with spaghetti squash!

  45. Sandra VanHoey says:

    With all that garlic in there, it just has to be as good as it looks.I think I’d love it

  46. I love spinach and will try any dish with it. This looks very healthy too and I am definitely going to make this over the weekend!

  47. Julie Wood says:

    I just love pine nuts! This recipe looks amazing, I think that my whole family would love to give it a try. I will have to make it soon!

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