Farfalle with Spinach and Ricotta

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Farfalle with Spinach and Ricotta is one of my husband’s favorite dinner recipes.

bowl of farfalle pasta with spinach and ricotta cheese with a side of parmesan cheese

We love pasta in our house, and we make it quite often. I guess you could say we’re avid pasta eaters! This is another super easy pasta recipe to make for dinner. It requires just a few, simple ingredients. Hot, cooked pasta is tossed in a cheesy sauce with some sauteed veggies mixed in too.

bowl of pasta with spinach and ricotta cheese with side of parmesan sitting on green napkin

Ingredients needed:

  • farfalle pasta (farfalle is “bow tie” pasta, but you can sub rotini or penne if you’d like)
  • red bell pepper
  • garlic
  • fresh spinach
  • ricotta cheese
  • 1% milk
  • fresh basil
  • ground nutmeg, salt and pepper

close up of farfalle pasta with spinach and ricotta cheese

How to make Farfalle with Spinach and Ricotta:

You’ll cook the pasta according to the package instructions. You can cook it to al dente (a little more firm to the bite) or tender. It’s all a matter of preference for how you like to eat your pasta.

While the pasta is cooking, you’ll sauté the bell pepper and garlic in olive oil. Then you’ll stir in fresh spinach, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Ricotta cheese and milk are added to the cooked veggies to create the creamy sauce. That sauce is added to the hot, cooked pasta along with some fresh basil.

serving from bowl of farfalle pasta with green cloth napkin decor

And that’s it!  The pasta will be coated with that cheesy sauce. And there are plenty of veggies swimming around in the pasta dish too. This Farfalle with Spinach and Ricotta is a vegetarian dish, but you could always add in some cooked chicken if you want more protein in there. Sometimes I add in sun dried tomatoes and toasted pine nuts too!

serving of farfalle pasta in a white bowl with a basil leaf on the side

This recipe makes four servings. I like to make it for just my husband and myself so we have leftovers the following day. Enjoy!

Here are a few more pasta recipes you might like to try:

bowl of farfalle pasta with spinach and ricotta cheese with a side of parmesan cheese
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Farfalle with Spinach and Ricotta

Totally delicious vegetarian pasta recipe!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 482kcal
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword bow tie, farfalle, Pasta, ricotta, spinach


  • 12 ounces farfalle (bow tie) pasta
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 5 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 16 ounces fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup 1% milk
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil


  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat until hot. Add the bell pepper and cook, stirring until tender -about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until tender -about 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the spinach, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring until the spinach has wilted. Stir in the ricotta and milk and cook until the sauce is creamy and heated through (about 4 minutes).
  • Transfer the spinach sauce to a large bowl. Add the hot cooked pasta and basil. Toss well to combine. Spoon into individual bowls and serve immediately.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 482kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 182mg | Potassium: 1007mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 11945IU | Vitamin C: 71mg | Calcium: 332mg | Iron: 5mg
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  • Cooki wrote:

    Picture looks better. My husband & I were very disappointed with flavors. Didn’t serve much maybe a cup each. I ate the cup my husband only 1/2. I would never make again. Sorry Lori could be better some how but it wasn’t close to a wow for use.