“Pasta with Snap Peas, Basil, and Spinach”

Pasta fit for spring. If you can boil water, you can make this dinner… plus, you’ll only dirty one pot – easy cleanup!

Pasta with Snap Peas, Basil, and Spinach


Coarse salt and ground pepper
3/4 pound short pasta, such as gemelli
3 garlic cloves, halved
8 ounces snap peas, halved
10 ounces baby spinach
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1/3 cup heavy cream
3 ounces Parmesan, grated (3/4 cup)


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.

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.

Cook’s Note

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

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