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One Pot Pasta: Sundried Tomato Spinach

This super simple one-pot pasta features fresh spinach and sun dried tomatoes for a pop of flavor and color. Mix up this sun dried tomato pasta by adding the protein of your choice — Italian Sausage or Chicken are both great! — or keep it as a simple meatless dinner option.

One Pot Pasta: Sundried Tomato Spinach

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Easy Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

My mom was the kind of cook who, while completely capable of following a recipe or trying something new, typically stuck to the same 10 or so dinner recipes over the course of my childhood. As I got older I remember thinking “Doesn’t she get sick of making the same thing all the time? I’m kind of tired of eating it!”

I vowed that I would never make the same dinner every week when I was a mom. For the most part, I don’t make the same thing all of the time, because food blogging doesn’t allow for that.

I don’t think I fully appreciated how my mom must have felt making dinner for our family night after night, regardless of what her days were like. We always had a homemade meal that was both tasty and healthy. I didn’t view my mom as someone who had bad days, or just didn’t feel like cooking, or who was tired and wished someone else would (or could) just make dinner for a change.

I think she must have felt those things often, and maybe that’s why our dinner routine was fairly simplified, because I totally feel like that about half the nights cooking for my kids. I think my mom was just better than I am at not putting those feelings on display for the rest of the family.

I think it is good that my kids know that their mom is a person too, who has feelings, gets tired, and occasionally just doesn’t want to deal…but sometimes I definitely think I could let them see a little less of that person.

So, this Sundried Tomato Spinach One Pot Pasta is perfect for nights that I just don’t want to deal with dinner. It is a fix it and forget it recipe for the most part. It’s meatless, so I don’t have to worry about taking meat out to thaw.

Its the best kind of pantry meal – seriously, I always have pasta, milk, cheese, spinach (by the way, did you know you can freeze spinach?), and sun dried tomatoes – if I haven’t planned ahead because it still looks like I kind put some effort into dinner even though it took practically zero thought or time to make.

I love a good, easy recipe like this Sundried Tomato Spinach One Pot Pasta, especially when I have the option to dress it up a little bit if time allows. I think of it as my dinner cheat sheet.

spinach and sun dried tomato pasta ingredients

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Sun Dried Tomato Pasta Ingredients

As I mentioned already, the beauty of this sun dried tomato and spinach pasta is that it requires minimal ingredients and takes less than 30 minutes to make.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this one pot pasta recipe:

  • Shallot
  • Garlic
  • Butter
  • Sun dried tomatoes
  • Fresh spinach
  • Linguine
  • Vegetable broth
  • Milk
  • Salt and pepper
  • Freshly grated Parmesan

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card!

How to Make Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

You’ll spend maybe 5 minutes prepping the ingredients for this pasta with spinach and tomatoes, and 15 minutes max actually cooking it. Win!

  1. Sauté the shallot and garlic in melted butter.
  2. Add the sun dried tomatoes, fresh spinach, linguini, broth, and milk to the shallots and garlic. Season to your liking.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until the pasta is al dente.
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in the grated Parmesan.
two bowls of spinach and sun dried tomato pasta

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Optional Add-Ins for This Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

If you want to dress this recipe up a little more, it is a great base. Here are a few ideas:

  • Italian Sausage + Fresh Basil
  • Canned or Marinated Artichoke Hearts + Kalamata Olives + Fresh Oregano + Lemon Juice + Feta Garnish
  • Red Bell Peppers + Sauteed Mushrooms
  • Grilled Chicken Strips

Can I Use Frozen Spinach?

If that’s what you have on hand, go ahead and use it! Just note the frozen spinach will release more water as it cooks down. But you should be able to add the frozen spinach to the pot without thawing it first.

Tips for Making Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

This spinach tomato pasta recipe is incredibly flexible. Use another type of pasta if that’s all you have on hand, use chicken broth instead of vegetable if needed, and so on.

You can also use either oil-packed sun dried tomatoes or plain sun dried tomatoes.

To brighten up the flavor of this sun dried tomato pasta, add a squeeze of lemon juice or a splash of white wine to the pasta as it cooks. If you create your own variation of this sun dried tomato and spinach pasta, please leave me a comment below letting me know how it turned out!

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More Quick Dinner Ideas:

Need some more quick and easy dinner ideas in addition to this Sun Dried Tomato Pasta with Spinach? Try a few of these:

One of our favorites quick dinners is Easy Honey Mustard Baked Chicken – Chicken Tenderloins are baked in a sweet and savory honey mustard sauce with sprigs of fresh rosemary.

Easy One Skillet Baked Ziti is really versatile and easy as you ease back into dinner routines if you’ve gotten off track. You can change up the seasonings and meat selection to create different flavors.

Easy Black Beans and Rice with Smoked Sausage has tons of flavor and is really simple to prepare, plus has plenty of basic steps that kids can help out with to get involved in the kitchen.

This Italian Sausage Soup with Orzo is a great clean out the fridge recipe. It’s packed with veggies, Italian sausage, orzo, and more!

This Orange Marmalade Chicken is a sweet and spicy simple Asian-inspired chicken recipe for dinner. Serve it with rice or quinoa and a side of your favorite veggies.

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One Pot Pasta: Sundried Tomato Spinach

Spinach and Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This super simple one pot pasta recipe features fresh spinach and sun dried tomatoes for a pop of flavor and color.

Ingredients

  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
  • 2 1/2 cups packed chopped fresh spinach
  • 8 ounces linguini, broken in half
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup fresh grated parmesan, plus extra for serving

Instructions

    1. In a large, deep skillet or a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes.
    2. Add the sun dried tomatoes, fresh spinach, linguini, broth, and milk to the shallots and garlic. Stir to combine. Season, to your personal taste, with salt and pepper.
    3. Bring the liquid to a boil over medium heat.
    4. Then, reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring every few minutes, until the pasta is cooked al dente, about 10 – 15 minutes.
    5. Remove from heat. Add the parmesan, stir to combine, and serve sprinkled with additional parmesan.

Notes

If desired, you can add your protein of choice to this sun dried tomato pasta. Shrimp, diced chicken, or Italian sausage would all be great options.

Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 211Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 20mgSodium 631mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 9g

GoodLifeEats.com offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although GoodLifeEats.com makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Karen @ Seasonal Cravings

Thursday 14th of April 2016

I love using sun-dried tomatoes when fresh aren't ready yet.  They are so full of flavor.  This looks like a weeknight hit!

Katie Goodman

Monday 18th of April 2016

Thanks, Karen! Sundried tomatoes are a staple around here for a burst of flavor.