Pasta with Snap Peas, Basil, and Spinach

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins

The cream sauce and kid-friendly vegetables make this a pasta dish for the whole family.


  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • ¾ pound short pasta, such as gemelli

  • 3 garlic cloves, halved

  • 8 ounces snap peas, halved

  • 10 ounces baby spinach

  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves

  • cup heavy cream

  • 3 ounces Parmesan, grated (¾ cup)


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta and garlic 1 minute less than package instructions. Add snap peas and cook 30 seconds. Add spinach and basil and stir once to wilt. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water, then drain.

  2. Add cream to pot and heat over medium-high until bubbling. Return pasta mixture and 1/4 cup pasta water to pot and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Stir in Parmesan. If necessary, add remaining pasta water to create a light sauce that coats pasta. Season with salt and pepper.

    Johnny Miller

Cook's Notes

One Pot
Cooking the vegetables along with the pasta makes for easy cleanup.

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