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Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

by Dana Bean, RD
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A 25 minute skillet meal, this Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta has a light yet creamy sauce. It’s versatile being easy enough for a weeknight, but delicious enough to make for a date night!

Spinach and Sundried Tomato Pasta

A 25 minute skillet meal, this Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta has a light yet creamy sauce.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Course: dinner
Keyword: Less than 30 minute, pasta, skillet meal


  • 1 lb pasta
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 6 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 1.5 cups pasta water
  • 6 oz marinated sundried tomatoes chopped
  • 2 cups spinach roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup parmesan with more to top if desired
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook pasta as directed on package. Reserve 1.5 cups pasta water for sauce
  • While pasta is cooking, add oil and garlic to pan on medium heat. Once browned, add cream cheese, milk, and pasta water. Whisk while cooking
  • Add sundried tomatoes, spinach, parmesan, salt, and pepper and mix. Add cooked, drained pasta and mix.

You know I love a quick recipe and I love it even more when it uses less dishes. I’m all for making cooking more simple without sacrificing flavor! This Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta recipe has it all.

spinach and sun-dried tomato pasta photo

This recipe has the option of eating as-is or adding a few extras. You may consider adding the following:

I actually didn’t add this into the recipe, because there are so many ways to add chicken. You could bake in a pan, use rotisserie chicken, or add the pre-grilled strips to the meal. This just depend on your preferences and how simple you want the meal to be. Adding chicken can introduce another texture and adds protein.

You may also add a vegetable as a side. The dish has spinach and sun-dried tomatoes, but if you added another side some great options could be zucchini, broccoli, or a salad. Again this totally depends on preference, but adds more fiber to the meal.

close up of spinach and sun-dried tomato pasta

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Carbs are what help our brains and muscles function their best. We’re going to be better off including them in what we eat. There are so many different types of carbs! None of them are “bad” (I don’t consider any foods to be “bad”), but offer different energy levels and nutrients to our bodies. Learning what to pair them with and how different types make you feel is what will benefit your body the most.

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