Quick Weeknight Dinner Recipe: Spinach and Pine Nut Pasta

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Spinach is one of my favorite green leafy vegetables – I can add a bag of spinach, raw or cooked, to any dish and I know I will love it! This includes wraps, sandwiches, pasta, quesadillas, etc. Sometimes, it is just spinach sautéed with Indian spices – yum!

For this blog, I want to share my favorite pasta recipe with spinach. It’s super simple and tastes delicious. For some reason, the combination of spinach with mushrooms and pine nuts makes my taste buds really happy.

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Spinach and Pine Nut Pasta

Recipe makes 5 servings


100% whole wheat pasta, ½ of 16 oz. box

Fresh spinach, ½ lbs

Baby mushrooms, 8 oz

Red pepper, 1 cup (diced) ~ 1 whole pepper

Carrots, 2-3 (diced)

Pine nuts, ¼ cup

Olive oil, ¼ cup

Minced garlic, ½ tsp

Fresh parmesan cheese, ½ cup (grated)

Salt to taste

Crushed red pepper to taste


1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Keep aside.

2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add garlic and pine nuts and sauté until light brown.

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3. Add spinach, mushrooms, red pepper, and carrots. Sauté for few minutes until cooked to desired softness.

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4. Add the pasta and salt. Mix well.

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5. Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper flakes as desired.

Nutrition Information per Serving:

  • Calories: 280 calories
  • Fat: 19 grams
  • Sodium: 310 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 24 grams
  • Fiber: 5 grams
  • Total Sugars: 6 grams (Includes 0 grams Added Sugars)
  • Protein: 10 grams

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9 thoughts on “Quick Weeknight Dinner Recipe: Spinach and Pine Nut Pasta

  1. Please do not put pictures in the printable recipe – takes 6 pages for a 1 page recipe. thanks.

    1. Thank you, Carol for your feedback. What you suggest makes sense. We will work on editing the printable version so it doesn’t include pictures.

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      Thank you for your question. The entire recipe will make approximately 5 servings and each serving will provide 375 calories with 15 gram protein, 19 gram total fat, and 7 gram fiber. Please let us know if you would like any other details.
      Note: This analysis is based upon USDA’s SuperTracker Recipe Analysis.

  2. We made this at a staff meeting. All of us really liked it! Surprisingly it is filling but also feels like a light meal. We did some with the carrots and some without; both were good!

    1. Thank you, Emily for trying this and for letting us know. So glad to know that you all liked this…it is surely one of my favorite pasta recipes 🙂

  3. Hi Jan,
    Thank you for your question. This recipe will make 4-6 servings. I hope you will give it a try!

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