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Linguine with Garlic Sauce

On a chilly evening, this creamy pasta toss is sure to please. It’s rich and flavorful with smoky bacon, fresh spinach and toasted pine nuts.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 12 ounces uncooked linguine
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, diced
  • 5 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1-1/4 cups 2% milk
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted


  • Cook linguine according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings.
  • In the drippings, saute spinach and onion until spinach is wilted and onion is tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the milk, cream cheese, butter, salt, nutmeg and pepper; stir until smooth. Stir in pine nuts and bacon; heat through. Drain pasta; toss with sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 547 calories, 32g fat (15g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 595mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein.

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  • LPHJKitchen
    Nov 19, 2019

    This recipe is really one of my favorites now! While it does have several ingredients, it is a very simple recipe with lots of flavor. I opted for using dairy-free items and gluten-free pasta but still very delicious!

  • cbenne12
    Dec 11, 2015

    We added Parmesan cheese to this and it made the meal!!!

  • katlaydee3
    Nov 1, 2014

    This was good with a really rich sauce. The pine nuts added something different and I served with grated Parmesan which added a lot to the flavor. Garlic bread and salad makes a complete meal.

  • ltwall
    Oct 13, 2013

    We used almonds instead of pine nuts because we're poor and it was still way good

  • UniversityGirl
    Apr 24, 2013

    LOVED IT! total keeper :)

  • spiddey46614
    Mar 24, 2013

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  • best of home cooks
    Apr 21, 2012

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  • mtorres3
    Oct 17, 2011

    This is a definite keeper! Will be making this quite often.

  • shera323
    Mar 17, 2011

    My family loves this recipe. I hadn't made it for a long time, and I was making a different dish, and he was disappointed that it wasn't this one. On occasion, I've added shrimp to it.

  • mom2my3angels
    Nov 1, 2010

    My family really liked this. I used walnuts since pine nuts are so expensive