Creamy Spinach Pasta


This might be one of the creamiest light pasta dishes you've ever had! The mascarpone cheese adds a richness to the spinach pasta that's unexpected—especially in a healthy pasta recipe.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
4 servings


  • 12 ounces uncooked tube-shaped chickpea pasta (about 3 1/2 cups) (such as Banza)

  • 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced (about 1 tsp.)

  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced shallots

  • 3 ¼ ounces mascarpone cheese

  • 4 ounces fresh baby spinach

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (from 1 lemon)

  • 1 pinch Crushed red pepper


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt. Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking water.

  2. Transfer pasta to a large bowl; add garlic, shallot, mascarpone, spinach, salt, pepper, and 1/2 cup of the reserved cooking liquid. Stir until cheese has melted and mixture is combined, about 1 1/2 minutes. Add additional cooking liquid as needed to loosen sauce. Divide pasta among 4 bowls. Sprinkle with lemon zest and, if desired, crushed red pepper. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

395 Calories
16g Fat
50g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size about 2 cups
Calories 395
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 13g 46%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 23g 46%
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Sodium 604mg 26%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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