Giada De Laurentiis's Penne With Spinach Sauce

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 12 mins

This recipe goes great with the Garlic Citrus Chicken!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the penne and cook until it is tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 12 minutes.
  2. Mince the garlic in a food processor. Add the goat cheese, cream cheese, 3/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, and half of the spinach leaves. Blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Set the cheese and spinach mixture aside.
  3. Meanwhile, place the remaining spinach leaves in a large bowl.
  4. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Spoon the pasta atop the spinach leaves in the bowl. Scrape the cheese and spinach mixture over the pasta mixture and toss to coat, adding enough reserved cooking liquid to moisten. Season the pasta, to taste, with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the Parmesan over and serve.


Most Helpful

Just saw Giadia make this on Food Network and had to try it. Really delicious. And easy, too! I didn't use whole wheat pasta as I don't like it. I used plain ole semolina penne. Loved the goat cheese. I used Neufchatel (sp??) as my market didn't have reduced fat cream cheese. This sub was close enough. Loved the flavors and will make this again and again. I think I'll add a little nutmeg next time as I like how that goes with spinach. Thanks, Kerry, for posting the recipe.

zeezmom November 16, 2009

Love this pasta! The whole wheat pasta added a bit of a nutty flavor that worked well with the spinach sauce. So easy to make and so very good. Thank you KerryC3 for posting. Made and reviewed for the Special Ingredient Tag Game.

lauralie41 January 16, 2009

This recipe is great. But reheated, it didn't work for me. Freshly made that's yummy. I used regular penne. Thanks Kerry. Made for cookbook tag game

Boomette January 13, 2009

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