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Lemon Pasta with Spinach

Healthy spinach, garlic and lemon combine to coat angel hair pasta for a lovely side that’ll freshen any meal. —Charlene Anderson, Bonney Lake, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute garlic in butter until tender. Add the spinach, lemon juice and zest, salt and pepper; cook 2-3 minutes longer or until spinach is wilted.
  • Drain pasta. Add to skillet; toss to coat.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 184 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 249mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.

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  • mlogan903
    Mar 5, 2016

    I have made this several times and my husband and I love it! Very light and refreshing, I toast some pine nuts and add them in at the end with a little parm cheese.

  • Claudleo
    Aug 24, 2014

    Just tried this with a side of panfried salmon and I have to say that it was simply delicious! The spinach tasted so good having been seasoned by the lemon juice which was further enhanced by the salt. Will add mushrooms to try the next time. Can't wait to let my family and friends try it out. Love it and thank you for the recipe!

  • darktanon
    Feb 17, 2014

    I loved this. we added chicken and mushrooms to the pasta and that made it extra good.

  • LiciaMcClary
    Jan 4, 2014

    Made this last night and it was delicious. I doubled the recipe to have it as a main dish. I added a little grated cheese to my serving dish because I am Italian and I put grated cheese on everything :) It was fabulous with or without the cheese. For the comment about the spinach stuck together in a clump,, next time chop the fresh spinach before cooking it and that will make it incorporate throughout the pasta. Great recipe and so easy

  • Darrrls
    Aug 1, 2013

    I made this for the second time tonight. This time I added finely sliced strips of zucchini and some white wine. This could be a meal on it's own but tonight i am serving it with some salmon. Yum!!!

  • ckrug23
    Jul 13, 2013

    Love it. Spinach is super cheap where I live (El Salvador) and although I can't get any lemons to have the lemon peel in this recipe, it turns out great with just the juice. Love the extra flair that the pepper gives it!! :)

  • rachealann
    Feb 1, 2013

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  • dzz1qy
    Jan 23, 2013

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  • CheerGirl
    May 29, 2011

    I made this for my family as a side dish. They ended up eating more of it then the entree!

  • TerriKate
    Apr 9, 2011

    It won't let me change my rating, but I tried it a second time, left the lemon zest out, and it was still overly lemony. Also, it was very difficult to mix the spinach into the pasta...the spinach just kind of sat on the outside of the clump of pasta.