What if there was a way to have spinach dip for dinner? There is! With a light, creamy sauce and fresh spinach, this spinach dip pasta recipe is a main dish take on our family's favorite appetizer.
We LOVE spinach dip in our house, and any time there's some leftover I wonder about tossing it with pasta. But when I've done this it just... doesn't... work. It's always OK. Nothing amazing and nothing I'd want to make for company. So I tossed the sour cream and cream cheese often found in spinach dips, instead using Swiss cheese and milk for a light sauce that still packs big flavor.
3 Tbsp flour
3 Tbsp butter
2 cups milk
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 cup Swiss or gruyere cheese, shredded
1 tsp lemon juice
6 oz bag fresh, baby spinach (about 3 cups)
2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
8 oz dried pasta*
Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Do not rinse. Set aside.
Melt butter in a large, high-sided skillet over medium heat. Stir in flour and cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture begins to brown. Whisk in milk.
Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Add cheese and lemon juice, stirring to incorporate.
Cook for a couple of minutes until all of the cheese has melted.
Stir in the spinach, working in a couple batches if necessary, until all of it has wilted into the sauce.
Fold in tomatoes and cooked pasta.
Adjust salt and/or pepper to taste.
Tips on Spinach Dip Pasta
- *8 oz dried pasta = Half of a standard 1 pound box.
- Fresh spinach and tomatoes are important in this recipe. Do not substitute with frozen or canned.
- Spinach Dip Pasta makes a great side dish paired with grilled chicken or fish.
Enjoy it with...
Spinach Dip Pasta goes great with Slow Cooker Roast Chicken.