15 Minute Creamy Spinach Artichoke Pasta

Ever have one of those days when the time seems to get away from you? The last time you looked at the clock it was only noon, now the kids are asking what's for dinner and it's a quarter past five! These are usually the nights when a parent turns to fast food or that hidden box of Mac N' Cheese in the back of the pantry. Seriously, what else are you supposed to do?

I find myself in this very situation often during the Holidays. While I have dreams in my head of quiet family dinners with Christmas themed foods, quiet music in the background and Santa print napkins, it just doesn't happen that way. This is my busiest time of year for sure. Not only do I have four young children and a husband to feed, a career in blogging, and a house that has a hidden and never ending tornado, but I have a part time job outside of the home as well which requires extra hours this time of year. And then you have the crafting. I am an avid crafter! I will take any material be it wood, fabric, or string and turn it into something I can sell. I hit the craft table hard every Holiday season to raise extra money for Christmas by selling my goods online and at craft fairs. As you can imagine at least once a week I am so up to my elbows in paint, wood, and glitter I forget to pull meat out of the freezer for dinner. My kids usually remind me ever so kindly around 5:30, right around the time of "there is no way you're getting this chicken defrosted in time". This recipe for Creamy Artichoke and Spinach Pasta was born on just such a night. I was frantically searching my pantry and fridge for something quick and easy to cook up. Pasta, canned artichoke hearts, half a brick of cream cheese, frozen spinach, OPA by Litehouse Greek Yogurt Kalamata Feta Dressing... Ok I can turn this into something!

It's that easy! Within 15 minutes I had a delicious vegetarian pasta dish that was full of veggies and had such amazing flavor my kids were happy to eat it up. The trick was in the sauce. Having nothing but skim milk in fridge I had to make a faux cream sauce, and OPA by Litehouse Greek Yogurt Dressings are perfect for doing just that. It adds all of the herbs and spices that this dish needs as well as lending a hand to the creaminess of the sauce. I didn't have to think about what to add or how much. A measuring cup full and a quick stir, that's it! A hearty and healthful dinner was on the table faster than I could have picked up a pizza from our favorite joint. Heck it was faster than I could have gotten all the kids bundled up and buckled in the car to head to the drive through! The next time you find yourself in a dinner predicament do not panic. Before you grab for the car keys and the take out menu do a little pantry diving. You just may have everything you need for a healthy homemade Creamy Spinach Artichoke Pasta dinner that can be on the table in minutes!

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Pasta

Serves 6 | Finish in 15 minutes

Forget to plan dinner? No problem with this last minute pasta dish! You can have this healthy and hearty pasta dish ready in 15 minutes!


12 oz. bow tie pasta
1/2 onion finely chopped
4 oz. low fat cream cheese
1/2 cup OPA Greek Yogurt Kalamata Feta Dressing
1 cup lowfat milk
1 Tbsp. Dijon or whole grain mustard
12 oz. frozen spinach thawed and excess water squeezed out
1 can quartered artichoke hearts drained
1/2 tsp. pepper, crushed red pepper flakes (optional)


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook 7-8 minutes and drain. Meanwhile heat a drizzle of olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the cream cheese, dressing, milk, and Dijon. Cook stirring constantly until the cream cheese is melted. Add the spinach, artichoke hearts, and pepper. Season with salt to taste and simmer over low heat until pasta is ready. Toss with the cooked pasta and top with crushed red pepper flakes if desired.

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