Pasta with Creamy Spinach Pesto

Total Time
18 min
10 min
8 min
When you want a change from basil, try this spinach-based pesto instead. It's terrific with pasta but also great as a sandwich spread or vegetable soup condiment.


table salt

1¼ tsp, divided, or more to taste

WW Whipped cream cheese spread

2½ Tbsp

uncooked whole wheat pasta

8 oz, spaghetti or linguine recommended

fresh spinach

4½ cup(s), baby variety, washed and dried


2 Tbsp

olive oil

1½ tsp, extra virgin

garlic clove(s)

2 small clove(s)

fresh lemon juice

1 tsp, or to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil (use 1 teaspoon salt). Add pasta and cook as package directs until al dente, about 8 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, process spinach, water, oil, garlic and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt until smooth; set aside.
  3. Reserve 1/4 cup pasta cooking water and then drain pasta. Return pasta to pot; add cream cheese and stir until melted. Add pesto sauce and toss to combine, adding reserved cooking water if a thinner consistency is desired. Season with fresh lemon juice and salt, if desired. Yields about 1 1/4 cups per serving.


Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese if desired. And/or stir in some roasted cherry tomatoes (could affect SmartPoints value).

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