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Large plate of spaghetti with spinach, garlic, lemon, and cedar nuts.

Quick Garlic Spinach Pasta with Cedar Nuts

A speedy spinach pasta, with lemon, garlic, and toasted cedar nuts. This is ready in the time it takes your pasta to cook.
Course Mains
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 243kcal


  • 250 grams spelt pasta
  • 60 ml pasta water (reserve before draining)
  • 40 grams cedar nuts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic finely sliced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt to taste*
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon hot pepper flakes optional
  • 100 grams packed fresh spinach
  • Zest of a lemon
  • Juice of a lemon ~3-4 tbsp


  • Start a large pot of water for the pasta before beginning. Salt the water well and cook the pasta as stated on the package or recipe (for homemade).
  • Prepare the cedar nuts and garlic spinach sauce while the pasta is cooking.
  • Heat a frying pan over low-medium. Once the pan is hot, add the nuts (do not add oil). Stir constantly for 2-3 minutes, until the nuts are toasted. Immediately scoop them out of the pan and set aside.
  • Return the pan to the heat and add the olive oil and garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until the garlic is fragrant and golden.
  • Stir in the salt, pepper, and pepper flakes.
  • Turn off the heat and add the spinach, lemon zest, and lemon juice. The spinach will wilt in the pan.
  • Scoop out some of the pasta water (about 60ml, a ladleful) before draining the pasta, and add it to the pan with the spinach.
  • Mix the drained pasta with the spinach and garlic sauce and serve immediately, topped with toasted cedar nuts.


* Start with about 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper and add as needed based on your preference.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Sodium: 630mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g