Looking for an amazing Spinach Pasta recipe that will exceed your expectations? My version of Lighter Spinach Pasta with Alfredo Sauce is a healthier alternative to heavy pasta dishes but maintains all the flavors that make you want to make it all the time.
Pasta meals are a go-to option for many people. It is inexpensive and easy meal to make. Not to mention, as a Mom, it is a great way to get added vegetables into your diet and most people, even fussier eater, tend to like it. With this Spinach Pasta with Alfredo Sauce, it is made with whole-wheat pasta to help cut carbs, while using lower fat cheeses to help reduce fat. You can feel good about enjoying this spinach pasta recipe.
Is spinach pasta healthy?
Spinach pasta is a great way to get vegetables into your diet. Even fussier eaters will enjoy it because it is covered in a homemade alfredo sauce, which makes everything taste better. This recipe for spinach pasta is a healthier recipe because the pasta is whole wheat, which helps reduce carbs and adds whole grains into your diet and it is also vegetable packed, which is of course healthier. The alfredo sauce and cheese that are included in this recipe also help to make this a lighter, healthier dish because it is reduced in fat and calories. Also, by adding the cottage cheese, you need less of the alfredo sauce, which helps to lighter the dish further.
What is spinach pasta made of?
Our version of spinach pasta is a whole wheat pasta meal that is packed with spinach, and a creamy homemade alfredo sauce, using cottage cheese, light Alfredo sauce and the whole thing is topped with mozzarella.
Variations to a Spinach Pasta
When it comes to pasta, there are a lot of ways to change a dish to fit people’s taste buds. Most pasta dishes are forgiving, so even when the flavor combination seems strange to someone, it usually still tastes fantastic. Remember, whenever you make changes it does change the calorie, fat and Weight Watchers points.
- Don’t like cottage cheese? You can change the cottage cheese to ricotta cheese and still maintain the same flavors and texture
- Need more protein? Add chicken breast, ground turkey or even shrimp to this dish
- Don’t want to add meat? If you do not want to add meat, whether to keep the cost down, to have it be vegetarian, or don’t want it to overpower the taste of the spinach pasta, you can add nutritional yeast. This gives a recipe the taste and texture associated with parmesan cheese
Ingredients to make Spinach Pasta with Alfredo Sauce at home
- whole wheat penne pasta
- light Alfredo sauce
- cottage cheese
- garlic powder
- and black pepper
- frozen chopped spinach
- reduced-fat mozzarella cheese
How to Make Spinach Pasta with Alfredo Sauce
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat a 13×9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Cook the pasta to al dente according to package directions. Drain and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the Alfredo sauce, cottage cheese, milk, egg whites, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Sir in the spinach to combine. Gently fold in the cooked pasta into the Alfredo mixture until evenly covered. Transfer the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top. Bake uncovered until the cheese is melted, about 20 minutes.
Spinach Pasta with Homemade Alfredo Sauce
- 12 ounces whole wheat penne pasta
- 1 14.5-ounce jar light Alfredo sauce
- ½ cup low-fat cottage cheese
- ½ cup fat-free milk
- 2 egg whites
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach thawed and drained
- ½ cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat a 13x9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Cook the pasta to al dente according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the Alfredo sauce, cottage cheese, milk, egg whites, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Sir in the spinach to combine.
- Gently fold in the cooked pasta into the Alfredo mixture until evenly covered.
- Transfer the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top.
- Bake uncovered until the cheese is melted, about 20 minutes.