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This spinach artichoke pasta is creamy, comforting, and has the same flavors as the classic dip. It’s easy to make in about 30 minutes!

Can’t get enough of these flavors? Try my Spinach Artichoke Chicken or this Spinach Artichoke Salmon.

close-up of creamy spinach artichoke pasta being lifted up with tongs

Why you’ll love it

You really like spinach artichoke dip, but have you ever tried those iconic flavors in a pasta dish? It’s such a treat! The sauce is rich and luscious yet has only a handful of everyday ingredients, and it’s simple to throw together.

Tangy cream cheese, freshly grated parmesan, baby spinach, garlic, and artichoke hearts… what more could you want? They come together to create a fantastic sauce for this creamy pasta. It’s great for a meatless main course, or you can serve it as a decadent side dish.

Ingredients you need

  • Pasta – you can use any shape at all, but I love how the sauce perfectly coats a longer noodle like fettuccine
  • Olive oil – to sauté the aromatics
  • Onion and garlic – the tasty foundation of the sauce
  • Broth – you can use either chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • Cream cheese – I use a block of Philly
  • Italian seasoning – it’s a particular blend of dried Italian herbs that’s all in a single convenient jar
  • Artichokes – we’re using canned artichoke hearts to make it easy
  • Spinach – fresh is best, but you could use frozen spinach as long as you thaw it and squeeze the water out very thoroughly
  • Parmesan cheese – to top it all off. Freshly grated is best for parm!

How to make spinach artichoke pasta

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

a skillet with sauteed onions and garlic and adding in cream cheese cubes

Boil the pasta. Meanwhile, sauté the onion in a skillet, then stir in the garlic. Add the chicken or veg broth, cream cheese, and Italian seasoning to the pan.

stirring in cream cheese and adding artichokes and spinach to the skillet

Stir until the cream cheese has melted in. Reserve about a cup of the hot pasta water prior to draining the pasta. Add the spinach and artichokes to the skillet along with a few tablespoons of the hot pasta water.

adding in parmesan cheese and cooked fettuccine noodles to the skillet

Toss (it’s easy with tongs) until the spinach has begun to wilt and the sauce has thinned to your liking, adding more pasta water gradually as needed. Stir in the parmesan. Add the pasta to the pan, toss, and enjoy!

Success tips

  • This recipe will go much smoother if you ensure the cream cheese is nice and soft. Let it sit on your counter for at least a couple of hours or microwave it until it’s soft.
  • Don’t forget to save some of the hot pasta water prior to draining the pasta. It’s an integral part of the sauce!
  • I always recommend keeping a wedge of parmesan cheese in the fridge and grating it yourself vs. buying the pre-grated kind. 
  • Be sure to salt this recipe enough! There’s quite a lot of pasta and cream cheese, so it needs a decent amount of salt to not taste bland.

Leftovers and storage

  • Leftovers will keep in the fridge for a few days, but creamy sauces can separate if reheated on too high of a heat or dry out a bit in the fridge. Definitely use a low heat!
  • You may need to add a splash of chicken/veg broth to perk up the sauce.
  • I don’t recommend freezing this recipe.
close-up of a bowl of spinach artichoke pasta

What to serve with it

two white bowls with spinach and artichoke pasta

Questions about this spinach artichoke pasta recipe? Did you make it? Tag me #saltandlavender on Instagram or leave me a comment below!

close-up of creamy spinach artichoke pasta being lifted up with tongs
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Spinach Artichoke Pasta

This spinach artichoke pasta is creamy, comforting, and has the same flavors as the classic dip. It's easy to make in about 30 minutes!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 12 ounces uncooked pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (1 block Philly) softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts drained and chopped
  • 3 cups (packed) fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Ensure the cream cheese is very soft (you may want to microwave it for 30 seconds or more if you haven't had it sitting out on your counter for a couple hours).
  • Boil a pot of salted water for the pasta and cook it al dente according to package directions. You will need to reserve some pasta water before draining it.
  • Meanwhile, add the oil and onion to a skillet and sauté over medium high heat for 4-5 minutes.
  • Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and add the broth, cream cheese, and Italian seasoning to the pan. Stir until the cream cheese has mostly melted in (some lumps are ok)… this should take about 3-4 minutes.
  • Reserve about a cup of the hot pasta water prior to draining the pasta (you likely won't use it all).
  • Take the skillet off the heat, then add the artichokes and spinach, along with a few tablespoons of the hot pasta water. Toss (either use tongs or two fairly large spoons) and add more of the pasta water gradually until the sauce is thinned to your liking and the spinach is starting to wilt.
  • Stir the parmesan into the sauce.
  • Add the drained pasta to the skillet and toss. Add a splash more of the hot pasta water if needed. Season with salt & pepper (I'm generous with both). Serve immediately.

Notes

  • 8-12 oz. of pasta will work for this recipe as it makes quite a lot of sauce. (that’s about half to 3/4 of a standard one pound box of pasta).

Nutrition

Calories: 633kcal, Carbohydrates: 73g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 28g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 871mg, Potassium: 463mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 2983IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 245mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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7 Comments

  1. Well I made this for dinner and you were right. I used half what the recipe called for (for two people), it it was just right! We loved it!

  2. How many does this recipe serve? 14oz Artichokes and 12oz uncooked pasta seems like it would feed more then 4 people. Maybe like an army???

    1. The skillet photos are of a 10.25″ pan to help you visualize it better. 3 oz pasta per person (especially since there isn’t any meat in the sauce) isn’t unreasonable. I definitely wouldn’t say it feeds an army lol, but if your crew eats lightly then it could make more than 4 servings I suppose. As with any recipe, the number of servings is just a guesstimate since everyone will eat different amounts. I have many recipes where I base it on 2 oz of pasta per person and then some people inevitably complain that I’m underestimating serving size and they easily eat double or triple for their “one” serving.

  3. 5 stars
    Made this tonight for dinner. Added leftover Costco chicken at the end. It was delicious! Husband went back for seconds!