Spinach Artichoke Pasta

Dec 17

Did you know that I heart pasta?  Well, I do.  I crave pasta, which is bad when I am not filling a strict diet because I eat it way too much.  This recipe that I adapted from the amazing Pioneer Woman fulfills not only my need for pasta but also my love for spinach and artichoke dip!  I made it a little healthier by adding red pepper, right?

What foods do you crave?  What are your eating guilty pleasures?

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  • 3 tbs Butter
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 bags Baby Spinach
  • 2 cans Artichoke Hearts, Drained And Halved
  • 1 Red Pepper, Deseeded and Diced
  • 3 tbs Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 1/2 cups Skim Milk Milk
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded
  • 1/2 cup Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1 pound, Whole Wheat Rotini
  • 1/2 cup Italian Breadcrumbs
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 20-30 min
  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy


Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet. Add garlic and throw in the spinach. Stir it around until it's wilted, about 1 minute. Remove spinach from heat and set aside.

Add 1 tablespoon butter to the same pot and raise the heat to high. Throw in the halved artichokes and peppers and stir it around until they get a little color, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the artichokes from the pot and set them aside.

Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add 1 tablespoon butter to the pot. When melted, sprinkle in flour and whisk until it's combined. Pour in milk and whisk to combine. Let it cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until starting to thicken. Add Parmesan, shredded cheese, salt and pepper, and cayenne pepper. Stir to melt, and if it's overly thick, splash in chicken broth.

Add artichokes, pasta, and spinach, tossing gently to combine. Move pasta into a serving bowl. Sprinkle the top with crushed red pepper flakes and breadcrumbs.

Comments: 54

  1. judee @gluten Free A-Z Dec 18 at 12:28 pm Reply

    Artichoke and Spinach dip is my absolute favorite. I love the idea to mix it with pasta.Great crowd pleaser for the hoidays.

    • Elizabeth Dec 18 at 1:43 pm Reply

      It’s delish as a main dish too :) but i love the dip!

  2. Natalie Dec 18 at 3:09 pm Reply

    This looks really delicious! Artichoke and spinach in pasta is amazing.

    • Elizabeth Dec 18 at 5:18 pm Reply

      Thanks Natalie!

  3. Kristen | Pixelated Crumb Dec 20 at 3:46 pm Reply

    Pasta meets spinach and artichoke dip? Sign me up!

    • Elizabeth Dec 18 at 1:44 pm Reply

      It was delish- thanks Kristen!

  4. Reba-Not So Perfect Life Feb 21 at 3:52 pm Reply

    This loosk quick and healthy. Could I sub in almond milk?

    • Elizabeth Feb 25 at 4:24 pm Reply

      Hi! Sorry this went into spam somehow, and I just rescued it :) I’m sure you could sub almond milk! I subbed the whole milk and half and half for skim milk. The dish is rich without the milk product, so I am sure it would still be tasty with almond milk!

  5. Monet Feb 21 at 6:36 pm Reply

    I love both pasta and artichokes. Win win here! This looks just scrumptious, my friend. Thank you for sharing….and for injecting a dose of delicious into my day. I hope you have a great end to your week!

    • Elizabeth Feb 21 at 8:42 pm Reply

      Thanks Monet!

  6. Rachel @ Bakerita Feb 26 at 7:49 pm Reply

    Artichokes are definitely one of my favorite veggies – this looks so delicious!!

    • Elizabeth Feb 27 at 3:42 pm Reply

      Thanks Rachel!

  7. Monet Mar 06 at 12:24 am Reply

    I adore artichokes (we eat them on a weekly basis) so I love this new recipe to try. Thank you for sharing, Elizabeth!

    • Elizabeth Dec 18 at 1:44 pm Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Monet!

  8. Dee Dec 10 at 9:24 am Reply

    Oh my, I think I would love this! Gotta try it!

    • Elizabeth Dec 18 at 1:45 pm Reply

      Let me know if you try it and how you like it :)

  9. Mandi Dec 10 at 10:37 am Reply

    My kids love pasta so I bet this would be a hit! Thank you for sharing!

    • Elizabeth Dec 18 at 1:45 pm Reply

      Thanks Mandi :)

  10. Francine Dec 10 at 11:05 am Reply

    I am always looking for better ways to serve past.a and this looks yummy!

    • Elizabeth Dec 18 at 1:46 pm Reply

      Thanks Francine!

  11. Debbie Denny Dec 10 at 12:26 pm Reply

    I love spinach in everything. Awesome pasta recipe!

    • Elizabeth Dec 18 at 1:46 pm Reply

      Thanks Debbie- I love spinach too!

  12. Vonnie Dec 10 at 2:04 pm Reply

    I love spinach and artichoke! This pasta recipe looks so delicious….thanks for sharing!

    • Elizabeth Dec 20 at 10:23 am Reply

      Thanks Vonnie!

  13. Elizabeth Towns Dec 10 at 6:34 pm Reply

    I think I might like to try this recipe. I like recipes that use fresh ingredients and I do love artichoke in my salad sometimes. I also like spinach artichoke dip, although that is not anywhere near the same thing. OH – and I heart pasta too! Yeah, I think I will be trying this recipe.

    • Elizabeth Dec 18 at 1:46 pm Reply

      Great Elizabeth- please let me know how you like it!

  14. Dawn Lopez Dec 10 at 6:40 pm Reply

    Wow, this sounds absolutely delicious. I love artichoke and spinach together, this sounds like the perfect recipe for me! Thanks!

    • Elizabeth Dec 18 at 1:47 pm Reply

      Thanks Dawn :)

  15. Pam Dec 10 at 7:02 pm Reply

    Yum! I adore artichokes so I know I would enjoy this. I could even make it with gluten free pasta for my daughter.

    • Elizabeth Dec 18 at 1:47 pm Reply

      Thanks Pam- you could easily make this meal gluten friendly!

  16. Amy Desrosiers Dec 10 at 7:18 pm Reply

    I LOVE spinach and artichoke dip but my husband on the other hand hates it! It makes me sad because I miss out at restaurants! I will keep this recipe in mind! Thank you!

    • Elizabeth Dec 18 at 1:48 pm Reply

      Thanks Amy– I wonder if he would like it with pasta… :)

  17. Shauna Dec 10 at 7:28 pm Reply

    ooh, spinach and artichokes are my favorite… yummy… add in pasta and I am won over…

    • Elizabeth Dec 18 at 1:48 pm Reply

      Thanks Shauna- it won me over too :)

  18. trisha Dec 10 at 8:01 pm Reply

    Yum, artichokes is one of my fav things to eat. Now If i could get everyone else on it!

    • Elizabeth Dec 18 at 1:49 pm Reply

      Thanks Trisha! My husband doesn’t love artichokes– but he loved this recipe!

  19. brett Dec 10 at 9:54 pm Reply

    looks like a well rounded meal to me !

    • Elizabeth Dec 18 at 1:48 pm Reply

      Thanks Brett!

  20. Janeane Davis Dec 10 at 10:35 pm Reply

    Aaaaahhh it seems that spinach and artichoke is good for more than just dip.

    • Elizabeth Dec 18 at 1:17 pm Reply

      Yup…great on pasta too :)

  21. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell Dec 10 at 10:38 pm Reply

    It sounds wonderful and I relaly like the ingredient combination!

    • Elizabeth Dec 18 at 1:04 pm Reply

      Thanks Liz!

  22. Deborah Dec 10 at 10:44 pm Reply

    What does a person do if they love spinach. They love artichoke. They love pasta? I know! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!

    • Elizabeth Dec 18 at 1:04 pm Reply

      Haha…great comment :)

  23. Danielle @ We Have It All Dec 10 at 11:16 pm Reply

    Yum! I was just thinking about making pasta tonight but wanted something different. I’m going to have to try this recipe.

    • Elizabeth Dec 18 at 1:04 pm Reply

      Let me know how you family likes it!

  24. Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas Dec 11 at 12:15 am Reply

    Looks like a guilty pleasure to me! When I start marathon training, I will be looking for pasta recipes. Bookmarking!

    • Elizabeth Dec 18 at 1:04 pm Reply

      Great- let me know when you make it!

  25. Dawn Dec 11 at 12:59 am Reply

    I love spinach and artichoke. This sounds really good. :)

    • Elizabeth Dec 18 at 1:03 pm Reply

      Thanks Dawn!

  26. Melanie of Que Means What Dec 11 at 4:16 am Reply

    I never learn to not read these blog posts when I’m even a itsy bit hungry! That sounds so yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Elizabeth Dec 18 at 1:03 pm Reply

      I know- I struggle with that too– but I am always hungry :)

  27. katherine Dec 11 at 6:16 am Reply

    Spinach and artichoke are my favorites! This sounds great!

    • Elizabeth Dec 18 at 1:03 pm Reply

      Thanks Katherine!

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