Spinach Artichoke Pasta

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Spinach artichoke pasta is the perfect marriage of hearty and fresh! These ingredients complement each other and blend together so seamlessly that you will be asking for seconds in no time!

Pasta is a go-to dish in our house because everyone loves it so much! There are so many varieties to choose from like this creamy bacon carbonara, this garlic shrimp alfredo or this yummy pasta e Fagioli soup!

A bowl of spinach artichoke pasta.

Spinach Artichoke Pasta

When I head into a restaurant, if it’s on the menu, one of my favorite things to order at a restaurant is spinach artichoke dip. The combination of spinach and artichokes in a creamy sauce is amazing. This recipe for spinach artichoke pasta is just like the delicious creamy dip with pasta, and it will become an instant favorite!

Sauce for pasta can be tricky because sometimes it is hard to get it perfectly thick and creamy. But this sauce was perfect! It was delicious and cheesy and had the perfect texture as it gets poured over the noodles. Plus, not only is it creamy and amazing but you kind of get to call it healthy because it has vegetables in it… right?? I know, that’s a stretch but some veggies are better than nothing and boy do these ones add in something great to this pasta. Toss up a salad to serve with this and your meal will be amazing!

Ingredients You Need to Make Spinach Artichoke Pasta

Simple and easy is the name of this game! Not only is this a delight to eat but making it is simply a breeze! See the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact ingredient measurements.

  • Butter: I used unsalted butter.
  • Flour: All purpose flour works great for this recipe.
  • Garlic Cloves: If you don’t have fresh garlic cloves then you can use minced garlic. ½ teaspoon equals about 1 clove of garlic.  
  • Milk: I used whole milk in this recipe but you could use whatever you have on hand.
  • Cayenne Pepper: Just a pink of this will add some flavor without the heat.
  • Salt and Pepper: Add these in to your preferred taste.
  • Cheese: Grated parmesan cheese and mozzarella (or Monterey Jack Cheese).
  • Chicken Broth: I used low sodium chicken broth.
  • Baby Spinach: This seems like a lot when you put it in but it will cook down to just the right ratio.
  • Artichoke Hearts: Drain these and cut them in half.
  • Penne: You can use any pasta that you love, just make sure that you cook it according to the directions on the packaging to Al Dente.  
  • Italian Panko Breadcrumbs: I love the seasoning and texture that these add!
  • Crushed Red Pepper: Use more for heat, less for just a bit of flavor.

How to Make Spinach Artichoke Pasta

If you love spinach artichoke dip then you are going to LOVE this pasta! It’s creamy and delicious and perfect for just about any occasion!

  1. Melt Butter: In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt 2 Tablespoons butter. Once it is melted, whisk the flour into the butter. Pour in milk and whisk to combine. 
  2. Add Cheese and Broth: Add parmesan, mozzarella/monterey jack, salt and pepper, and cayenne pepper. Depending on how thick it is, slowly add the chicken broth, up to ½ cup depending on desired thickness.
  3. Toss: Add artichokes and pasta to the sauce, tossing gently to coat. Fold in spinach, then pour the pasta into a serving bowl.
  4. Sprinkle Toppings: Sprinkle panko crumbs on top for added crunch and sprinkle crushed red pepper.
5 pictures showing steps for how to make the sauce, add the spinach and artichokes and add the cooked pasta.

Can I Use Any Type of Pasta

Yes! You can use any type of pasta that you have on hand! Farfalle, penne, spaghetti, angel hair…. the options are endless!

A skillet filled with spinach artichoke pasta and topped with some bread crumbs.

How to Store Leftovers

Spinach Artichoke pasta always makes fantastic leftovers. It really soaks up all of the flavors and all you have to do is heat them back up and they taste fresh once again!

  • Refrigerate: Once your pasta has cooled down then place it in an airtight container and put it in your fridge. It will last for 3-5 days.
  • Reheat: To rreheat your leftovers, you can just pop them in the microwave for about 1 minute or until they are heated through!
A close up of a bowl filled with spinach artichoke pasta with a fork in it.

Spinach Artichoke Pasta

3 from 1 vote
Spinach artichoke pasta is the perfect marriage of hearty and fresh! These ingredients complement each other and blend together so seamlessly that you will be asking for seconds in no time! 
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 8 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 3 Tablespoons Flour
  • 4 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 3 cups Whole Milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 

Salt And Pepper (to taste)

  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese (grated)
  • 1 1/2 cups Mozzarella Or Monterey Jack Cheese (grated)
  • 1/2 cup Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 3 cups Baby Spinach
  • 2 cans Artichoke Hearts (drained and halved)
  • 12 ounces Penne (cooked Al Dente)
  • 1/2 cup Italian Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 

Crushed Red Pepper (to taste)


Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt 2 Tablespoons butter. Once it is melted, whisk the flour into the butter. Pour in milk and whisk to combine.
  • Add parmesan, mozzarella/monterey jack, salt and pepper, and cayenne pepper. Depending on how thick it is, slowly add the chicken broth, up to ½ cup depending on desired thickness.
  • Add artichokes and pasta to the sauce, tossing gently to coat. Fold in spinach, then pour the pasta into a serving bowl.
  • Sprinkle panko crumbs on top for added crunch and sprinkle crushed red pepper.

Notes

Originally Posted August 27, 2013
Updated March 17, 2022

Nutrition

Serves: 8

Calories515kcal (26%)Carbohydrates47g (16%)Protein18g (36%)Fat28g (43%)Saturated Fat12g (60%)Cholesterol53mg (18%)Sodium757mg (32%)Potassium263mg (8%)Fiber4g (16%)Sugar7g (8%)Vitamin A1641IU (33%)Vitamin C21mg (25%)Calcium324mg (32%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword pasta recipes, spinach artichoke pasta
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 3 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight. It was ok. The flavor needed a punch.
    After most of the ingredients were cooking together, I started to read the comments. Noticed that someone had asked when to add the garlic. Duh, I then realized that I forgot to add the garlic!
    Wish the directions were changed up top since it was a concern previously.
    Maybe fresh garlic would have made the difference and not the powdered garlic that I instead added? Who knows?

  2. When do you add the garlic? Normally I would guess after the butter, but that’s for the rogue.

  3. This looks really yummy! Does anyone know the fat grams / calories on this? I’m not expecting this to be a diet food or anything, but knowing that info. would help determine how MUCH of this to eat!!! 🙂
    The picture makes me DROOL!!!!

  4. Changes I made: swapped half and half for the milk. Also, it says to let it cool, but I actually heated up the milk and whisked the cheeses in a bit at a time. After it as fully melted, THEN I turned down the stove to low and let it cool.
    It was overall a tasty recipe. It serves 4-6, so I would have halved the recipe next time.

  5. Thinking of adding shredded chicken breast. My husband is a meat eater and this is too good to be just a side dish.

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