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Spaghetti with Garlicky Spinach, Parmesan, and Toasted Pine Nuts

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 1
Author: Pam - For the Love of Cooking


  • 2 oz spaghetti cooked per package instructions (reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid)
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes to taste
  • 1 large clove of garlic minced
  • 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp toasted pine nuts
  • Parmesan freshly grated
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste


  • Cook the pasta per instructions in well-salted boiling water.
  • Drain, making sure to reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water.
  • Just before the spaghetti is finished cooking, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the spinach and crushed red pepper flakes, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds.
  • Add the minced garlic and butter, cook stirring constantly for another 30-45 seconds, or until the spinach is just wilted.
  • Add the drained spaghetti along with ¼ cup reserved cooking water, tossing to coat the pasta.
  • Add the toasted pine nuts, some freshly grated Parmesan, and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.
  • Pour the pasta into a serving bowl and top with more grated Parmesan and black pepper, if desired. Enjoy.