Inspired by our favorite Greek pie recipe, this One Pot Spinach and Feta Pasta is loaded with fresh spinach and plenty of cheese for an unbelievably delicious, creamy flavor. Made in one pot, it’s an easy recipe the whole family will be excited to eat!
Why You’ll Love One Pot Spinach and Feta Pasta
We grew up eating spanakopita and it remains one of our favorite dishes to this day. However, it’s not exactly the quickest recipe to make. As you know, we’re all about simplicity around here. So, we decided to turn this classic recipe into an easy one-pot pasta dish! As a result, it is not only quick to prepare and a breeze to clean up, but it also:
- Uses budget-friendly ingredients.
- Cooks in 15 minutes or less.
- Pairs perfectly with all your favorite protein sources.
- Keeps well for tasty meals throughout the week.
- Leaves all your guests begging for seconds.
What Is Spanakopita?
If you’ve never had it, spanakopita is a popular Greek dish that is a type of savory pie. It comes together with layers of crisp, flaky phyllo dough stuffed with a creamy cheese and spinach filling. Cooked in the oven until golden brown, spanakopita can be baked in a large casserole dish and sliced into squares or molded into triangular hand pies or rolls. No matter how they’re served, they’re always totally drool-worthy and delicious!
Is One Pot Spinach and Feta Pasta Healthy?
This spinach and feta pasta with is a great way to get a serving or two of veggies into your day and is full of calcium and protein, making it a fairly nutritious dish. However, you could also opt for low-fat cheeses as well as veggies or high-fiber noodles to make it even healthier!
Simple Ingredients You’ll Need
Just like classic spanakopita, the items needed for this pasta with spinach are simple and budget-friendly but combine to create the most incredible flavor. Here’s everything you’ll need:
- Pasta – We prefer to use twisty fusilli noodles because their ridges help trap the sauce, making them extra tasty. However, any similarly shaped noodles can be used.
- Broth – Low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth helps infuse the noodles with flavor.
- Spinach – Fresh spinach works best to add a pop of color and extra nutrients to this spanakopita pasta!
- Flavor Enhancers – Lemon zest, garlic, salt, and pepper provide a refreshing tang and savory flavor.
- Cheese – Cream cheese and feta crumbles combine to create a smooth, savory sauce.
- Dill – Technically optional, a sprinkle of dill is added on top for a pop of color and a lightly herbaceous flavor that ties all of the ingredients together for one truly incredible recipe.
How to Make Pasta with Spinach and Feta
Unlike typical baked spanakopita that requires lots of layering and a fair amount of time spent in the kitchen, this pasta with spinach can literally be tossed together in minutes. Just follow the steps below!
- Combine the ingredients. Add the pasta, broth, spinach, garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon zest to a deep pot.
- Cook the noodles. Bring the liquid to a boil. Then, cover the pot, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook for 10-12 minutes or until the pasta is al dente.
- Stir in the remaining ingredients. Add the cream cheese and feta to the dish, and stir until the ingredients are well combined and creamy.
- Serve. Top your pasta with a sprinkle of dill, serve warm, and enjoy!
What Does Pasta with Spinach Go Well With?
If we’re being honest, we love to serve this spanakopita pasta with spinach on its own for a filling meatless recipe. However, if you want to bulk it up, it also tastes great with chicken kofta, beef, or shrimp mixed in.
This pasta always disappears immediately in our house. So, we highly recommend making a double batch if you want to eat it throughout the week! Luckily, leftovers keep well when you follow the tips below.
To Store: Once cooled, leftovers can be transferred to an airtight container and kept in the fridge for up to 2-3 days.
To Freeze: For a longer-lasting option, transfer your pasta to a freezer-safe container where it will stay fresh for up to 6 months.
To Reheat: When you’re ready to eat, let your spanakopita pasta thaw in the fridge overnight. Then, warm it in the microwave or in a pot over medium heat until your desired temperature has been reached. If the pasta seems a bit dry, add a splash of water or broth to freshen it back up, and enjoy!
More Tasty One Pot Pasta Recipes
If you love one pot pasta recipes as much as we do, you won’t want to miss out on these great dishes!
- One Pot Macarona Bechamel (Egyptian Baked Pasta) – Creamy, cheesy, and delicious, this recipe is an easy take on a classic Egyptian recipe.
- One Pot Chicken Broccoli Rotini – This simple and tasty dinner will have your little ones excited to eat their veggies.
- One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese – This cheesy dish is guaranteed to become your new favorite way to eat chili!
- One Pot Spinach and Artichoke Pasta – Ready in 14 minutes, this pasta recipe turns everyone’s favorite appetizer dip into a complete meal guaranteed to please a crowd.
One Pot Spinach and Feta Pasta
- 1 pound fusilli pasta or pasta of similar shape
- 4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
- 4 cups fresh spinach
- 4 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 1/2 tsp pepper or to taste
- lemon zest (grated)
- 2 ounces cream cheese
- 1 cup feta cheese crumbles
- Fresh dill for garnish
- In a deep pot, add the uncooked pasta, broth, spinach, garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon zest.
- Bring the ingredients to a boil. Then, cover the pot, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for 10-12 minutes or until the pasta is al dente.
- Stir in the cream cheese and feta until they are smooth and creamy.
- Serve warm garnished with fresh dill if desired.