Lighter Spinach Alfredo Pasta

Lighter Spinach Alfredo Pasta

Prep Time Prep: 5m Cook Time Cook: 20m Total Time Total: 25m

Yield: 4

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Creamy and rich, yet never heavy, this Lighter Spinach Alfredo Pasta is an easy and satisfying comfort food. 

  • 12 oz penne pasta ($0.74)
  • 2 Tbsp butter ($0.27)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced ($0.16)
  • 2 cups whole milk ($0.62)
  • 6 oz. cream cheese ($1.50)
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan ($1.23)
  • 1/4 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • Freshly cracked pepper ($0.05)
  • 4 cups baby spinach ($1.33)
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil to cook the pasta. Once boiling, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta in a colander.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the sauce. Add the butter and minced garlic to a deep skillet or pot and sauté over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, or just until the garlic is soft and fragrant, but not brown.
  3. Turn the heat down to medium-low. Add the milk to the skillet along with the cream cheese (cut into chunks). Heat the milk and cream cheese while whisking, until the cream cheese has fully melted into the milk.
  4. Whisk in the grated Parmesan cheese and continue to whisk as the sauce comes up to a gentle simmer. When it reaches a simmer, the sauce will thicken. Turn the heat down to low to keep the sauce warm. Season the sauce with 1/4 tsp salt and a generous amount of freshly cracked pepper.
  5. Add the fresh spinach to the sauce and stir it in until it has wilted and become limp.
  6. Finally, add the cooked and drained pasta to the spinach alfredo sauce and stir to combine. Serve immediately.

Ingredients

  • 12 oz penne pasta ($0.74)
  • 2 Tbsp butter ($0.27)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced ($0.16)
  • 2 cups whole milk ($0.62)
  • 6 oz. cream cheese ($1.50)
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan ($1.23)
  • 1/4 tsp salt ($0.02)
  • Freshly cracked pepper ($0.05)
  • 4 cups baby spinach ($1.33)

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil to cook the pasta. Once boiling, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta in a colander.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the sauce. Add the butter and minced garlic to a deep skillet or pot and sauté over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, or just until the garlic is soft and fragrant, but not brown.
  3. Turn the heat down to medium-low. Add the milk to the skillet along with the cream cheese (cut into chunks). Heat the milk and cream cheese while whisking, until the cream cheese has fully melted into the milk.
  4. Whisk in the grated Parmesan cheese and continue to whisk as the sauce comes up to a gentle simmer. When it reaches a simmer, the sauce will thicken. Turn the heat down to low to keep the sauce warm. Season the sauce with 1/4 tsp salt and a generous amount of freshly cracked pepper.
  5. Add the fresh spinach to the sauce and stir it in until it has wilted and become limp.
  6. Finally, add the cooked and drained pasta to the spinach alfredo sauce and stir to combine. Serve immediately.