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Pasta with Snap Peas, Basil, and Spinach

There is nothing I love more in life than a hearty pasta dish chocked full of green veggies with a cream sauce. This pretty much completes my nights when I can make something so simple and yet so flavorful. This cream sauce isn’t as heavy and thick as the typical Alfredo sauce can be–its on the lighter side and perfect for impromptu summer company. I enjoyed the dish as is; however, I know their are people out their that grumble about meatless dinners. This pairs beautifully with a plump and juicy grilled chicken breast or if you want to get fancy skewer a few pieces of shrimp and grill those babies. Season the shrimp with old bay and you have a meal that is really fit for a king and queen.

Adapted from: Martha Stewart

Pasta with Snap Peas, Basil, and Spinach

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4


  • Salt for pasta water
  • 3/4 lb bow tie pasta
  • 5 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 8 oz snap peas, halved
  • 12 oz baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt well and cook pasta and garlic 1 minute less than package instructions indicate. Add snap peas and cook for 30 seconds. Add spinach and basil and stir until wilted. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water prior to draining. Drain contents of the pot into a colander and set aside.
  2. Return the pot to the stove and add cream to the pot and heat over medium-high until bubbling. Return pasta mixture and 1/4 cup pasta water to the pot and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in parmesan, and if necessary add remaining pasta water to create a light sauce that coats the pasta. Season with salt and pepper.


*You can eat this as a meatless meal or serve a grilled chicken breast or grilled shrimp over top of the pasta.


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7 Responses to “Pasta with Snap Peas, Basil, and Spinach”

  1. Linda Reynolds posted on June 1, 2012 at 8:16 am (#)

    Trying to go vegetarian, so this fits the bill. Looks yummy and easy.

    • Katie replied on June 2nd, 2012 at 8:49 am

      I eat at least 3 vegetarian meals a week, and I know what my husband will and won’t eat when it comes to a 100% vegetarian meal! I paired his with chicken and he loved it–I ate mine as is. Perfect “flexitarian” meal where you don’t have to cook separate meals you just adapt the main vegetarian portion to please the carnivore! 😉 good luck! The only thing that holds me back from going 100% vegetarian is bacon! lol.

  2. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective posted on June 1, 2012 at 9:46 am (#)

    Niiiice! I love simple healthy pasta dishes like this. 🙂

  3. Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) posted on June 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm (#)

    I am so grateful for all the light, springy dishes popping up in the blogs. Seriously, hot weather makes me want to only ingest liquids. I’m glad I have a little circle of blogs to look at that will keep me nourished!

    • Katie replied on June 2nd, 2012 at 8:57 am

      Lol you are too funny!

  4. amy @ fearless homemaker posted on June 5, 2012 at 11:59 am (#)

    this is soooo my type of meal. i, too, love pasta dishes that are chock full o’ veggie goodness. YUM! i could definitely go for a bowl of this right now!


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