Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 2/3 cups)

Sustainable Choice.

You can also use penne, linguine, or any other pasta shape your family prefers.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.

Step 2

Melt butter and oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic to pan; cook 1 minute. Remove garlic from pan with a slotted spoon; place in a small bowl. Increase heat to medium-high. Add shrimp, salt, and pepper to pan; cook 4 minutes or until shrimp are done, stirring occasionally. Add pasta, spinach, and garlic to pan; cook 1 minute or until spinach wilts, tossing to coat. Sprinkle with cheese.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

bluekazoo's Review

May 18, 2014
I cannot believe the result of such an easy kids asked if I could make again tomorrow! And since it took about 10 minutes total, I think I will! My only addition was a little extra spinach and two pinches of red chilis (my kids like their food on the spicy side).

dania10's Review

September 02, 2013
I created an account just so I could rate this recipe! This was sooo good! I added more spinach because I love it. I liked it as much, if not better than shrimp pasta I would get at a fancy restaurant because it tastes yummy without all the calories of a heavy Alfredo/ white sauce.


January 21, 2017
So easy to make and so delicious.  I will be making this again and again.  

rmdollish review

September 14, 2015
The wife and I loved this recipe.  We followed the instructions exactly.  A definite make again weeknight meal.

1recipemom's Review

February 09, 2014
Delicious & so easy to make! We added some mushrooms, and it was fantastic.

JillyBurke's Review

December 13, 2013
Easy weeknight dish. Basic and good.

MMowry's Review

October 16, 2013
Excellent recipe. Quick, easy, and flavorful. The only change I made was I diced two medium tomatoes and threw them in with the spinach and pasta. I really liked the acid that they added to the recipe. My kids (ages 8 and 3) both asked for seconds, so it is definitely a keeper!

karenstenicka's Review

October 14, 2013
This was SO good. I doubled the spinach, left all other ingredients the same. I will make this again very soon...

goodfoodmom's Review

September 09, 2013
Easy dish with outstanding flavor! Good for family or company.The spinach looks huge at first when it goes in the pan but wilts nicely. One of our very favorite recipes from Cooking Light.

pjherzenberg's Review

August 28, 2013
Easy and delicious!