Spinach and Ricotta Pasta

Spinach and Ricotta Pasta made with Pasta Lensi Yellow Lentil Penne Rigati is an easy dinner recipe made in less than 25 minutes! Combine fresh spinach, ricotta and a few basic ingredients to create a dinner that is creamy and delicious.

a skillet with spinach and ricotta pasta

If you’re looking for an easy weeknight dinner that is packed with plant-based protein and flavor, then this spinach ricotta pasta is perfect for you. It can be served as a side dish or a complete meal.

You don’t have to sacrifice flavor to eat meals that are good for you. This recipe comes together in four easy steps. It’s rich, creamy, and delicious!

If you love spinach and ricotta, try this Spinach Ricotta Stuffed Chicken recipe.

Ingredients You Need

ingredients for spinach and ricotta pasta

Pasta Lensi Yellow Lentil Penne Rigate

Unlike other legume pastas, Pasta Lensi is made with one simple legume ingredient. The Yellow Lentil Penne Rigate is made with lentils – that’s it! The pasta is rich in plant-based protein with up to 23 grams of protein per 3.5 ounce serving, as is the case with all Pasta Lensi’s pastas!

It’s a great option for the entire family and is naturally gluten and grain free. The pasta has a subtle flavor that complements the other ingredients well.

Other Ingredients:

  • Spinach
  • Ricotta Cheese
  • Garlic
  • Butter
  • Ground Nutmeg
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper
cooking spinach and ricotta pasta on the stove in a skillet

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  • Do not overcook pasta. Cooking for 6 to 8 minutes is ideal.
  • Once you add the pasta to the boiling water, start cooking the spinach and ricotta sauce. This helps save time.
  • Use high-quality full fat ricotta for the best texture and flavor.
  • Use fresh spinach.

Substitutions and Additions

  • Add grilled chicken or salmon for additional protein.
  • Substitute kale for spinach.
  • Add vegetables like sautéed asparagus, artichoke or green peas.
  • Add sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Substitute lemon zest or juice for the nutmeg.
  • Try your own combination of flavors with the pasta!
spinach and ricotta pasta in a white bowl with a fork

Pasta Lensi Legume Pastas include Yellow Lentil Penne Rigate, Red Lentil Rotini and Chickpea Casarecce. Find Pasta Lensi at your local food stores including Walmart, Meijers, Shop Rite and more.

Try Pasta Lensi in a few of our favorite protein-packed pasta dinners.

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spinach and ricotta pasta in a white bowl with a fork

Spinach and Ricotta Pasta

Yield: 5 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Combine a few simple ingredients to create this creamy pasta dinner ready in less than 25 minutes!
5 from 20 votes


  • 10 ounces Penne Rigate pasta
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 ounces fresh spinach
  • 8 ounces ricotta
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, grated or shaved, plus more to taste
  • Ground nutmeg, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and reserve one cup of the pasta water.
  • Melt the butter in a large skillet set over medium heat. Add the garlic and spinach and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant. Stir in the ricotta and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the cooked pasta and 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until combined. Add up to an additional 1/4 cup of the pasta water to loosen the sauce, as desired.
  • Stir in the Parmesan, nutmeg, salt and pepper, to taste. Serve with additional Parmesan, if desired. Enjoy!



Calories: 334kcal, Carbohydrates: 38g, Protein: 20g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 36mg, Sodium: 82mg, Potassium: 737mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 3540IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 144mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Ashley C.
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This post is sponsored by Pasta Lensi. As always, all opinions are my own.

11 comments on “Spinach and Ricotta Pasta”

  1. Made this for dinner tonight. It was EASY and DELISH! I will experiment next time by adding mushrooms, chicken or even shrimp.

  2. Am excited to get your tecipes!

  3. I used cottage cheese which I whipped in the food processor instead of riccotta. It came out great.

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