Spinach and Artichoke Dip Pasta

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Pasta
After making the spinach and artichoke dip soup I could not help but think that it would also make an amazing pasta, and I hardly need an excuse to fit more of that fantastic dip into my meals! For this pasta I started with mac and cheese style sauce except instead of using cheddar I went with spinach and artichoke dip flavours including cream cheese, parmesan and mozzarella. With the tasty cheese sauce made all that was left was to add the spinach and artichokes to complete the pasta. (I like to go with fresh chopped baby spinach but frozen spinach would also work and it's pantry friendly.) This spinach and artichoke pasta comes together in less than 30 minutes making it a perfect weeknight meal and it's so addictively good! (ps. No, I didn't forget the bacon, scroll down a bit!)

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Pasta
Add red pepper flakes for a touch of heat!

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Pasta
Nice and creamy!

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Pasta
Of course bacon makes this pasta even better!

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Pasta
Spinach and Artichoke Dip Pasta

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Pasta

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes Servings: 4

All of the flavours of spinach and artichoke dip in the form of a pasta!

  • 8 ounces penne (gluten free for gluten free)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons flour (rice flour or masa harina for gluten free)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, coarsely chopped
  • 8 ounces spinach, coarsely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Start cooking your pasta as directed on the package.
  2. Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat, add the onion and cook until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
  4. Sprinkle in the flour and cook for a few minutes while stirring.
  5. Add the milk and cook while stirring until it thickens up, about 1-2 minutes.
  6. Add the cheese and cook while stirring until they melt, about 1-2 minutes.
  7. Add the artichokes and spinach and cook while stirring until the spinach wilts, about 1-2 minutes.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste, remove from heat and enjoy.

Option: For One-Pan: Make this a one-pan meal by adding 8 ounces of pasta and 2 1/4 cups broth or water (or 1 cup of rice and 2 cups broth or water) to the sauce in step 5 and simmer, covered, until cooked, about 12 minutes (or 20 minutes for rice).
Option: Add bacon or sundried tomatoes, chicken, tuna etc.
Option: Add red pepper flakes, hot sauce or cayenne for some heat.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 497, Fat 20g (Saturated 11g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 97mg, Sodium 488mg, Carbs 59g (Fiber 7.4g, Sugars 10g), Protein 24g
Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam


Maria said...

Dreamy pasta dish!

Heather Christo said...

Such fantastic comfort food Kevin!!

Jenny said...

The perfect dinner Kevin! Love it!!

Joey J said...

yum! Just found your blog(thru the comment you left on two peas & their pod about Ree's ranch lol(love Ree too)..so glad I found your blog..the recipes look great!


Amy Lee Scott said...

Kevin, this looks beyond delicious! Any time spinach and artichoke is involved, I am all on board. But added to pasta? Genius, my friend!

Julie @ Table for Two said...

Oh wow, this looks like the ultimate pasta dish for dinner! Not sure I could ever stop eating it!

Sweet Love and Ginger said...

I literally made pretty much the exact same thing last night (minus the cream cheese) for a blog post later this week. You and me man, we must be great thinkers.

Gaby said...

Such a great idea! I need to add this to the dinner menu!

Shelly Love said...

Looks Delicious ! I just started eating artichoke again and I love it. I am working this dish into my meal plan ! :)

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking said...

Whyyyy have I never thought to do this?! Getting on it, stat. Brilliant and delicious recipe, Kevin!

Jeanette said...

Loving how versatile the combination of spinach and artichokes is Kevin!

Toni said...

Kevin this looks heavenly and how creative! Your photos are outstanding and really give the dish a special appeal, can't wait to try this!

Tieghan said...

I could just dive right into this! Perfect spring dinner!

Joanne said...

I think this is my favorite incarnation of spinach and artichoke dip yet!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

This is about to be my favorite pasta!! Yum!

CQUEK said...

oh yes i love to have one plate all by myself.

marla {Family Fresh Cooking} said...

Can I have this for breakfast please?!

loner said...

Hi Kevin!
Have you ever tried recipes with Kohlrabi?? if yes then please share.

isaiah43123 said...

Pasta, bacon and cheese; you can't go wrong.

kolay yemek tarifleri said...

Was yummy, I love the flavor feast looks great as,

Unknown said...

This was PHENOMINAL!!! Served it with pan seared chicken breast and it was so filling!!! Lots of leftovers (will easily feed 4 adults)

Robin Gochenour said...

I just made this for dinner tonight it was delicious! Next time I will try it with the bacon. Thanks for the quick weeknight meal :)

Chelai B. said...

Made this for dinner last week. My 6 year old told me it was her favorite next to mac & cheese. That's sayin alot, trust me. We loved it. Definitely making this again!

Cookingcutie said...

Yum! This was the perfect dinner for a rainy, chilly night. It was very rich and creamy, so a small portion was good. Hubby made it and we both enjoyed it.

Mary said...

Thank you so much for posting this recipe, Kevin. I made it tonight for dinner & it is delicious. This is definitely a keeper.

Kevin Lynch said...

Mary: I'm glad that you enjoyed it!

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