Lemon Spinach Feta Pasta

An easy, quick and delicious Greek inspired pasta filled with lemon, spinach and feta. Eat it as is or top with a simple protein like salmon. 

Sometimes I’ll be casually going about my day when a random recipe or meal idea will pop into my head. Sometimes it’s prompted (reading food blogs is a frequent inspiration), while other times it’s completely random, like yesterday. I was in the middle of writing an email to a client obviously about a totally different topic when the delicious idea of pasta + lemon + spinach entered my head and dinner started to take shape. I hadn’t made pasta in awhile. I also knew I had an open box of linguine in the pantry for a few months that needed to be used. Perfect.

Lemon Spinach and Feta Pasta

This is simple.

This is fresh.

This is quintessential summer.

This will probably even impress your Greek mother-in-law. Ok, maybe that one’s just for me.

With spinach, feta and lemon this pasta dish has a distinct Greek feel to it but still feels classic enough to serve to anyone at anytime.

spinach

Spinach. One of the few vegetables I will pull the salad spinner out for. I am incredibly lazy when it comes to cleaning the salad spinner and most times will opt for the “rinse under the faucet by hand and dry with a dish towel” method over the salad spinner. Spinach, however, is a sandy little green that warrants the effort unless you enjoy an unintended crunch in each bite.

linguine ingredients

Some other accessories. Please tell me you all buy the block feta? You do right? You know it’s much cheaper usually than the already crumbled kind. Take a peak next time if you don’t, I bet you’ll find out you’ve been paying a high price for some stupid little crumbles.  In fact, I almost got tricked yesterday when I thought they were the same price until I saw that the crumbled kind was 2 ounces less than the block. Can’t fool me Athenos, I’ll crumble my own thankyouverymuch!

There are no step by step pictures here because it would be insulting your intelligence to do so. This is easy. Boil water, cook pasta. Sauté spinach and prep feta, lemon and tomatoes. You don’t need pictures for that. You can do it!

Lemon Spinach Feta Linguine

Lemon Spinach Feta Pasta

Lemon Spinach and Feta Linguine topped with salmon

I decided to top it with some simply broiled salmon. Seasoned well and drizzled with lemon juice, it was the perfect protein component to the meal.

This took a total of 20 minutes, including the time to boil the water. Perfect weeknight meal.

Lemon Spinach and Feta Linguine
 
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An easy, quick and delicious Greek inspired pasta filled with lemon, spinach and feta. Eat it as is or top with a simple protein like salmon.
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Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • ½ lb. whole wheat linguine
  • 1 bunch of spinach, washed and dried
  • ⅓ cup chopped/crumbled feta
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed
  • 2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • cherry tomatoes, halved, for garnish on each serving
  • basil for garnish
  • salt & pepper
  • ½ lb. wild Alaskan king salmon (optional)*
Instructions
  1. Bring pot of water to a boil, salt, cook pasta until al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, sauté garlic in olive oil on med-high heat for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add spinach, lemon juice, salt & pepper and toss lightly for 1 minute until spinach just starts to wilt. Pull off heat immediately.
  4. Once pasta is cooked, drain and add to sauté pan with spinach.
  5. Add feta and tomatoes and toss to combine.
  6. Plate pasta and garnish with lemon zest and basil.
  7. If using salmon: Preheat oven to 400 degrees while water boils. Line baking sheet with tin foil. Salt & pepper salmon generously, squeeze lemon juice on top and place on baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and broil on high for 3-4 minutes until just golden brown. Top pasta with a portion of salmon.

 

Comments

  1. 1

    says

    Looks yummy! Can I ask what you seasoned your salmon with? I have my face inches from the screen trying to guess… :) I’m getting a little bored with my usual of lemon and dill.

  2. 7

    says

    I just adore your photos. Are you self taught?? You should submit some of these to food gawker too! :)

    This dish looks fantastic! I need to get my hands on some feta!!

    • 8

      Running to the Kitchen says

      Thanks Cait! I was going to submit some of these later today, fingers crossed :)

  3. 13

    says

    I love pasta. My wife rarely cooks with it. Says it isn’t as healthy as she wants.. Even the wheat pasta is fine with me…. Oh well, I have to take her out to dinner to enjoy pasta. So, maybe thats her plan?

  4. 17

    says

    That looks delicious! The pasta was good enough for me and then the last shot of the salmon. Yum! I think block feta just tastes so much better! Glad you agree it is the way to go.

  5. 22

    Nola Cooke says

    I have my face inches from the screen trying to guess… I’m getting a little bored with my usual of lemon and dill. It was just salt & pepper and lemon juice and then some bread crumbs before I broiled it for the last few minutes.

  6. 23

    Jasmine Stout says

    Don’t be scared! Perfect for summer, and you got me with the salmon on top! Thanks for sharing. mmm that Salmon looks delicious Salmon & spinach is my all-time favorite combo!

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