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Low-fat cream cheese and silky mascarpone combine to make a dreamy sauce for this dish. Fresh lemon rind brightens up the flavor profile. Serve with green beans for a simple side to this delicious meal.

Recipe by Cooking Light November 2014


Credit: Whitney Ott; Styling: Claire Spollen

Recipe Summary

12 mins
21 mins
Serves 4 (serving size: about 2 cups pasta and 1 1/2 teaspoons cheese)


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain pasta in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid.

  • Add cream cheese and mascarpone cheese to bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Stir in lemon rind and the next 4 ingredients (through nutmeg).

  • Heat saucepan over medium-high heat. Add pasta and cream cheese mixture to pan; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in spinach and tomatoes; cook 2 minutes or until spinach wilts, stirring frequently. Remove pan from heat; stir in basil. Sprinkle evenly with cheese; serve immediately.

Chef's Notes

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Nutrition Facts

292 calories; fat 10.2g; saturated fat 5.6g; mono fat 2.7g; poly fat 1.5g; protein 12g; carbohydrates 41g; fiber 4g; cholesterol 61mg; iron 2mg; sodium 454mg; calcium 107mg.