Simple Pasta Recipe with 5 Ingredients Only

Good Friday, everyone! Today is the last day of my one-week blog challenge (yehey, I did it!). This pasta recipe is one of my favorites because you can pick and choose your meat, vegetable and cheese. Since my challenge is about using 5 ingredients or less that are already in my cupboard, I used extra virgin olive oil and butter as a sauce base and salt and pepper to taste. Save time on cleaning by using only one pot, a chopping board and a knife. Hope you enjoy this healthy recipe as much as I do.

Substitutions stated on the recipe below. To make this kid friendly, you can use a tomato-based sauce instead with meatballs and tons of cheese. I do this when I'm babysitting my growing nephew. He can wolf down 2 to 3 bowls of pasta now!

simple spaghetti recipe
Healthy spaghetti recipe with spinach and parmesan cheese topped with salmon

Spaghetti with Spinach and Parmesan


  • 1 box of whole wheat spaghetti (or any of your favorite pasta)
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic (or garlic powder)
  • 2 cups chopped spinach (or edamame, broccoli, kale)
  • 1 cup grated parmesan
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Boil pasta according to package instructions. Strain the pasta and wash with cold water.
  2. In the same pot, melt the butter. Add and saute the garlic and spinach until wilted.
  3. Add the pasta. Mix it together with olive oil.
  4. Turn off the heat. Add cheese, salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Top it with your favorite meat.
Yield: 2-4 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 20 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.
Total time: 35 mins.

pasta with spinach
Healthy pasta with my favorite veggie

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  1. This looks so good! I'm all for recipes that don't require a ton of ingredients!
    Miss Olivia Says

  2. Interesting! Got the healthy grain, the veggie and protein! I'd probably substitutes nuts or tofu for the salmon (i'm vegan!) but otherwise looks easy and amazing! Thanks