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garlic butter pasta with fresh tomatoes tossed with linguine in a skillet
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Garlic Butter Pasta with Tomatoes & Spinach

This garlic butter pasta is lightened up with fresh tomatoes and plenty of spinach. So easy and fast!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword fresh tomato pasta sauce, fresh tomato spinach pasta, garlic butter pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 395kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces pasta (I used linguine)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 5-6 cloves garlic minced
  • 12 ounces little tomatoes (grape, cherry, etc.) cut in halves
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups (packed) fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Boil a salted pot of water for the pasta and cook it al dente according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, when the pasta is about 10 minutes away from being cooked, start the sauce. Add the olive oil and butter to a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the garlic, tomatoes, and Italian seasoning to the skillet and cook until the tomatoes have become very soft (about 4-5 minutes). You may need to turn the heat down a bit (don't let all the liquid bubble off).
  • Stir in the spinach and let it cook for a minute or two until it's wilted.
  • Reserve 1/4 cup of the hot pasta water and add it to the skillet, then drain the pasta and add it to the skillet, along with the parmesan cheese. Toss the pasta with the sauce (ensure the parm has melted in smoothly), season with salt & pepper, and serve immediately.

Notes

  • Use whatever tomatoes look best/you can find. Anything in the ballpark of 12 oz. will work fine.
  • This recipe is great with fresh basil if you have some! 
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

Nutrition

Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 286mg | Potassium: 446mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2488IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 185mg | Iron: 2mg