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.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

Reviews (19)

49 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 18
  • 2 star values: 12
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: Unrated
09/07/2012
This was delicious. From reading other reviews, I agree that the flavor was lacking a bit, so added in some italian seasoning, lemon pepper and nutmeg (as suggested) made the dish perfect. I also added the italian seasoning and a touch of nutmeg to the ricotta to make even more flavorful.
Rating: Unrated
09/20/2011
This is one of my favorite dishes ever. It's totally delicious and easy to make. The only problem is that I keep going back for more. And more. And more.
Rating: 4 stars
09/11/2011
So easy and delicious! Prepared just as directed. Very finicky fiancee loved it.
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Rating: Unrated
02/02/2011
quicky and tasty! yum!
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06/10/2010
I found a good source for pine nuts there are American ORGANIC grown they are superb in-shell raw or shelled raw there web sight is www.wholesalepinenuts.com a simple comment to let you know you don?
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04/25/2010
liked this recipe as is, but made it for the second time tonight with a couple changes... sauteed zucchini and spinach. it was tasty and i will try it again, maybe with different veggies.
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04/20/2010
Why not try not drowning everything in garlic. There are other herbs and spices.Sounds like the same group with the mashed potatoes that are nothing but garlic. Yuck!
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04/15/2010
Changed the ricotta to 1/2 cup of goat chesee and added a touch of garlic. Pretty good!
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01/04/2010
I agree with turtlegrins. This had the potential to be bland, so I sauteed the spinach in some olive oil and garlic. Then I took a couple cubes of pesto out of the freezer and tossed them into the cooked pasta. It made all the difference in the world.
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02/22/2009
I made this dish this last week and loved it. However, I did change it up a bit. I added smashed garlic cloves to the pasta water. I, also, grated about 1/2 tsp of fresh nutmeg into the drained pasta. Quite yummy and will makes it again with these changes.
Rating: Unrated
02/17/2009
I realize it changes it into a different meal entirely, but before returning the pasta and spinach to the pot, try simmering 2 T pesto until fragrant. Then add the pasta, spinach
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02/14/2009
I made this dish tonight. It looked great and I had high expectations. Unfortunately, it fell short. It was extremely bland. I actually added garlic. I boiled some in the water with the pasta and I also toasted some with the pine nuts. That didn't do enough to make this dish worth making again. Sorry Martha, you got a thumbs up for appearance but a thumbs down for taste on this one.
Rating: Unrated
02/11/2009
I also made it today with multi-grain pasta and added a few pressed garlic cloves for added flavor. Light and nutty!
Rating: Unrated
02/10/2009
easy and YUMMY esp. with a whole wheet pasta :)
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02/10/2009
It looks wonderful! Plan on making it tonight, I have to watch my weight, Is there anywhere to look for the calories per serving? Thank You!
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02/10/2009
This is also good with a couple of tablespoons of pesto mixed in. I found the dish bland without it.
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02/10/2009
I a m going to make this tonight. However, I am going to poach some chicken and add the ricotta into the pot.,...so it doesn't get cold.
Rating: Unrated
04/06/2008
I make this with whole wheat pasta. I really like it but you have to get it on the table fast because the ricotta cools the dish down quickly.
Rating: Unrated
02/06/2008
bland needs garlic