Spinach, Garlic, and Lemon Spaghetti

Last weekend, I decided to make this for our Sunday dinner. Not only was it quick to make, but I loved the fresh flavor of it, the yummy spinach that my kids happily ate, and the lemon zest in it. It was very light tasting and had us all going back for more. You can have this as a side dish or main meal, and you can add in chicken, Italian sausage, salmon, etc. There are lots of ways to change this up, so have fun with it and enjoy!!


1 lb spaghetti (I use whole wheat)
6 tbsp olive oil
9 garlic cloves, minced
Zest from one lemon
Juice of one lemon (use fresh if possible)
10 oz bag of spinach
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground pepper
Dash red pepper flakes (optional)


In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and allow to cook for about 10 minutes. Add in the lemon zest and juice. Season with salt,  pepper, and red pepper flakes, adding more if desired. In a large pot, boil water and cook pasta until al dente. Drain pasta and add the sauce in stirring well. Add in the spinach, uncooked at this point, and cover pot with lid for about 2-3 minutes. Open lid and toss pasta. The spinach should be steamed from the heat of the pasta and sauce. Serve warm! Sprinter Parmesan cheese on top if desired.

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