One-Pot Penne with Spinach, Ricotta, and Pine Nuts

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins

In this easy six-ingredient dish, the spinach cooks right in the pot with the pasta. Spoon ricotta onto each serving, and let your guests mix it up themselves.


  • cup pine nuts

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 1 pound spinach or plain penne pasta

  • 1 ½ pounds baby spinach, well washed

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread pine nuts on a rimmed baking sheet; toast in oven, tossing occasionally, until golden, 6 to 8 minutes; set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook according to manufacturer's directions. Add spinach during last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain; return pasta and spinach to pot. Add oil; season generously with salt and pepper. Toss well.

  3. Serve immediately, topped with ricotta, pine nuts, and Parmesan.

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