Pasta with Creamy Spinach Sauce


This simple pasta dish has a mild and comforting flavor, with or without
the garlic.
MEAL PLAN: Serve with a cherry tomato, cucumber and bell pepper salad tossed with a balsamic vinaigrette.



  1. Bring large pot of water to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon salt and spinach. Cook 1 minute. Using slotted spoon, remove spinach (reserve water for pasta) and transfer to bowl of cold water. Drain and squeeze dry. Chop coarsely.
  2. Bring spinach water back to a boil. Meanwhile, in food processor fitted with steel blade, mince garlic if using. Add cottage cheese and blend until fairly smooth. Add cooked spinach and milk and blend until smooth. Add nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to shallow serving bowl. Add pasta to boiling water, stirring to prevent sticking. Cook until just tender, about 10 minutes. Drain well.
  3. Add pasta to bowl with spinach sauce and toss to coat. Sprinkle with Parmesan and toss again. Serve hot.

Adapted from The Best Vegetarian Recipes, by Martha Rose Shulman (William Morrow, 2001).

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 6 Servings
  • Calories: 347
  • Protein Content: 18 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
  • Sodium Content: 285 mg