Creamy, cheesy and savory, our Spinach Artichoke Pasta Bake is a delicious, easy pasta dish! It’s the perfect comfort food that borrows hearty flavors from everyone’s favorite spinach artichoke dip. Spinach, cream cheese and artichokes along with four types of cheeses create a rich and creamy sauce for tender pasta.
The result is a dish that’s both indulgent and satisfying. Similar to our Turkey Pasta Bake and Baked Goat Cheese Pasta with Tomatoes, this baked pasta dish is ideal for a special family dinner or a cozy night in.
Skillet Bake with Artichokes, Spinach, and Cheese
Our artichoke pasta bake with spinach is a great way to get lots of green leafy spinach into your family’s diet without any complaints.
This is a recipe that will quickly become a household favorite. It combines the earthy notes of spinach, the tangy bite of artichokes, and a medley of creamy, melted cheeses to create a baked masterpiece that is perfect for a cozy dinner at home.
Grab your favorite pasta, some fresh (or frozen) spinach leaves, and artichokes, and you’ll have a fabulous pasta bake that will feed the whole family.
Why This Pasta Bake Works
This recipe for spinach pasta bake with artichokes combines the delicious ingredients that make the classic dip so tasty! Toss it in some pasta and you have a satisfying pasta meal that comes together quickly!
It’s an easy weeknight dinner that bakes until golden brown and bubbly and cheesy. How can one resist?! It’s a spinach artichoke pasta recipe that is:
- Hearty and filling and packed with savory flavors and plenty of spinach.
- Simple to prepare and an easy weeknight meal that the whole family will love.
- Made with a short list of simple-to-find ingredients.
- Easy to adapt with your favorite cheeses and even gluten-free pasta!
Ingredients For Spinach Artichoke Pasta
This artichoke pasta bake calls for basic ingredients. Here’s a look at what you will need but be sure to view the recipe card and full list of ingredients at the bottom of the page.
- Pasta. This can be your pasta of choice. Small noodles like penne pasta, ziti, rigatoni, cavatappi, fusilli or small/medium pasta shells work really well in this dish!
- Olive oil. For cooking the aromatics.
- Onion. This will give the pasta sauce an incredible flavor that’s not overpowering of onion.
- Garlic cloves. When fresh garlic is added, the end result is an amazingly savory dish!
- Red pepper flakes. For a touch of heat!
- Salt and Pepper. Key seasonings in any savory dish.
- Spinach leaves. The great thing about this recipe is you can use fresh spinach or frozen spinach! If using frozen, it should be thawed and drained of excess water.
- Cream cheese. For a rich and creamy sauce. Full fat cream cheese will give you the best results.
- Artichoke hearts. Canned hearts are easiest and most budget friendly but you can also use artichokes from a jar. Make sure to drain and chop them.
- Heavy cream. The cream thins down the sauce and adds a rich flavor.
- Parmesan cheese, Gouda cheese and Mozzarella cheese. A trio of cheeses that transforms this pasta recipe into a delightfully cheesy, comforting meal!
How to Make Spinach and Artichoke Pasta Bake
Here’s a look at how to make this simple spinach artichoke pasta skillet bake! The process is easy, but be sure to check out the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page for all of the details and ingredient amounts.
Tip: You can cook this in a skillet and transfer it to a baking dish or use a cast iron or oven-safe skillet similar to what’s pictured below.
Cook the pasta according in a large pot of salted water according to the package directions, minus 2 minutes.
While the pasta cooks, heat the oil in a large skillet and add the onion, and seasonings. Sauté until the onion is soft.
Stir in the spinach and cook for 3 minutes. Toss in the cream cheese.
Mix in the chopped artichokes, cheese, and cream.
Stir in the cooked pasta.
Top with more cheese and bake until bubbly.
Serve with lemon wedges.
- Change things up by adding shredded chicken, smoked pork, or your favorite protein.
- Top with bread crumbs.
- Stir in pesto sauce or roasted tomatoes.
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Cooking Tips for Recipe Success
- Store leftovers in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to five days.
- The pasta does not have to be fully-cooked before stirring it into the sauce. In fact, it’s fine if it’s cooked al dente since the pasta will cook a little bit more as it bakes in the oven.
- If you wish to add more protein, you can stir in chopped chicken breasts (pre-cooked) before baking.
- Make sure you squeeze out the extra water if you use frozen spinach.
- Bake until the sauce is bubbly and the edges are golden.
- Use a large skillet so you can bake everything in the same pan that you saute the veggies in.
Serving Suggestions for Baked Pasta
This can be a standalone meal perfect for family gatherings, but it also works as a side dish or yummy addition to a potluck or holiday feast. Here are a few recipes that go well with this creamy pasta skillet with spinach and artichokes.
- Homemade Artisan Breads
- Authentic Lebanese Tabbouleh Salad
- Classic Wedge Salad
- Sauteed Glazed Rainbow Carrots
- Spelt Sourdough Bread
- Healthy Tomato Basil Soup
- Strawberry Spinach Salad
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- 10 ounces pasta
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 4 garlic cloves
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 10 ounces spinach leaves, fresh or frozen (thawed and drained)
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1 can (14 ounces) artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ cup grated Gouda cheese
- 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Cook the pasta according to the package directions minus 2 minutes (it will finish cooking in the oven).
- Heat the oil over medium high heat in a large, deep skillet. Add the onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Saute until the onion is soft.
- Add the spinach and cook for 3 minutes or until it is wilted.
- Add the cream cheese and stir until the cream cheese melts and looks smooth then stir in the artichoke hearts and cream.
- Add the pasta, Parmesan cheese, and Gouda. Stir until well coated.
- Sprinkle the top with Mozzarella and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 406Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 624mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 14g
Nutrition information is a guideline only. It is calculated automatically by third-party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.