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Fresh spinach and bow tie pasta tossed in a delicious and warm garlic-butter sauce.

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Happy Sunday, friends!

Did you realize that we’re more than half way through the year? Or did the Halloween decorations at the store remind you of it?! What the?!?!

Ummmm….helllllooooo! I’m still enjoying summer! We’re still going to the pool!!! Stop the insanity! Jeez! (Yes, I am shouting!)


Sorry about the rant, my dears, but I get really annoyed with the whole Halloween in August deal. Thanksgiving in September. Christmas in July! At least wait for the first day of Fall before getting all up in my grill with sexy nurse costumes.

Now, about that pasta…

There’s garlic in it. And butter. The end.

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I’m tellin’ you, never underestimate the power of a good pasta dish. No… a GREAT pasta dish!

I told you once before that we do pasta thrice a week; Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Pasta, Cheesy Chicken Orzo, Baked Eggplant Penne Pasta… you get the point.

Well. This Garlic-Butter Spinach and Pasta dish is a once a week deal. My other half is obsessed with garlic. Even more obsessed with pasta. The man can live on spaghetti, and he wants me to come up with a garlic and chocolate cake. Lawd, help us!

But, this delicious meal sitting before you is probably the quickest Olive-Garden-Chef’s-Special type of food you’ll ever make! You will even feel all-Italian (unless you are Italian) because there’s going to be a big pot of water with pasta on one end of the stove, and another large skillet at the other end. And you’re going to be stirrin’, and crushin’, and seasonin’… ooooooh, you gonna have a great time with this one!

However, in order to enjoy this, you really need to love garlic. And butter. Did I hear a ‘HELL YEAH!’?! Of course I did!!

Aaaaand, before you run, I  have one more thing to tell you…

It’s Giiiiiiive-a-waaaaaaaaay tiiiiiime! <—–Said in my best Oprah voice!

No, it’s not a car… But, it is the next best thing – $100.00 Target Gift Card!!! icon wink Garlic Butter Spinach and Pasta + Giveaway Scroll to the bottom and ENTER!

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Fresh spinach and bow tie pasta tossed in a delicious and warm garlic-butter sauce.
Serves: Serves 4 to 6
  • 8-ounces (half of 1-pound box) Farfalle Pasta
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 5 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano shavings, optional
  1. Prepare pasta following the directions on the box.
  2. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat.
  3. Add crushed garlic and continue to cook until fragrant.
  4. Add spinach, season with salt, pepper, and basil, and cook until spinach is wilted; about 1 minute or so.
  5. Remove from heat and pick out the garlic; discard. (optional)
  6. Drain cooked pasta and add to spinach; mix well.
  7. Top with fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano shavings
  8. Serve.

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  1. Deb September 21, 2014 at 8:21 PM - Reply

    wondering if you’ve tried this a olive oil instead of butter & what you would think of doing it that way? thanks :)

    • Katerina Petrovska September 21, 2014 at 9:25 PM - Reply

      Hi Deb! Yes, I have done it with olive oil, and while it tastes just as great, it loses a bit of that butter-flavor. That sweet, kinda nutty flavor. BUT it’s still very, very good! :-D

  2. Bodacious Boy August 16, 2014 at 6:38 PM - Reply

    You should add a little red pepper flakes along with the garlic.

  3. CS July 13, 2014 at 1:35 PM - Reply

    I made this today and it was simple and very yummy. I had left over meatballs so I added it. Only took like 10 minutes to make. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Katerina Petrovska July 13, 2014 at 1:47 PM - Reply

      That’s wonderful!! So happy to know that you enjoyed it! Thank you!!

  4. Laura Dembowski (@piesandplots) September 7, 2013 at 2:03 PM - Reply

    This pasta looks like such a great dinner! Garlic is my fave! I would not discard the garlic – I bet it is soooooo yummy!

  5. dv8 September 1, 2013 at 7:40 PM - Reply

    I’d buy a hard drive.

  6. sarah k. September 1, 2013 at 3:53 PM - Reply

    I would split it with my sister, for my half I would check out the fall clothing line.

  7. Lauren Kelly August 31, 2013 at 6:30 PM - Reply

    I would love to win this! I would buy some back to school supplies and of course some awesome kitchen stuff to cook with :) Thank you!

  8. Carmen August 31, 2013 at 5:14 PM - Reply

    I’d buy shoes for my little one

  9. Fiona Potter August 31, 2013 at 1:23 PM - Reply

    sounds delicious, will definitely try this one!!

    • Fiona (canadianmommy) August 31, 2013 at 1:26 PM - Reply

      this is me LOL

  10. Kim - Liv Life August 31, 2013 at 12:28 PM - Reply

    Such an easy recipe!!! I think I could live on this dish alone for the rest of my life. LOVE it!

  11. Denise Fedor August 31, 2013 at 4:55 AM - Reply

    I would buy food.

  12. Meryl August 30, 2013 at 1:38 AM - Reply

    I’d buy some new shirts and pants.

  13. Louis August 30, 2013 at 1:38 AM - Reply

    I’d buy new bed sheets.

  14. Nami | Just One Cookbook August 29, 2013 at 11:05 AM - Reply

    We were shopping at Costco yesterday and we saw Christmas lights and tree ornaments in the store! We haven’t started decorating for Halloween and some kids (not mine anymore) are still in summer break. Crazy! By the way, love your simple pasta. Good fresh spinach will shine in this garlicky butter pasta. YUM!

  15. Natasha Rodriguez August 28, 2013 at 7:52 PM - Reply

    So glad I found this post again! I read about it in the email then forgot to save the email! Making this tonight! :) Thanks for the recipe!

    • Katerina Petrovska August 28, 2013 at 8:59 PM - Reply

      Absolutely! Thank YOU for stopping by! :-D Hope dinner is a hit!

  16. Patti Edwards August 28, 2013 at 2:08 PM - Reply

    I am definitely making this dish soon!! We don’t eat enough pasta at my house. If I win the Target card, I know I’ll spend it all on dog stuff!

  17. Sarah August 28, 2013 at 6:55 AM - Reply

    Target Giveaway AND pasta??? Perfect!!!!! If I won, I’d use the giftcard on clothes :)

  18. Sarah August 28, 2013 at 6:54 AM - Reply

    Target Giveaway AND pasta??? Perfect!!!!!

  19. Emily @ Life on Food August 27, 2013 at 5:23 PM - Reply

    We just bought a house. The dollars would go so fast at Target. I should get cleaning supplies but I think I would go for something in the Threshold line. So pretty!

  20. Rochelle August 27, 2013 at 4:35 PM - Reply

    I love pasta, and anything with spinach and garlic has me hooked!

  21. Kristen August 27, 2013 at 2:24 PM - Reply

    Organizational tools for the house will be bought if I win :) Also the recipe sounds delish

  22. Ramona August 27, 2013 at 5:02 AM - Reply

    This would be a winner with my kids… they love all the ingredients. :)

  23. Marie August 26, 2013 at 3:36 PM - Reply

    I would probably have to spend it on groceries right now :) But it would be so helpful!!

  24. Julie D August 26, 2013 at 3:29 PM - Reply

    I would buy some new bras!

  25. Alicia J. August 26, 2013 at 12:19 PM - Reply

    Something just for me. Maybe new pjs.

  26. BusyWorkingMama August 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM - Reply

    I’d spend it on fresh produce.

  27. Terry August 26, 2013 at 8:55 AM - Reply

    I’m dying for a Keurig…yup I would buy one at Target!

  28. Tina August 26, 2013 at 8:49 AM - Reply

    Take out the garlic—NEVER! That’s what attracted me to the recipe in the first place :) Will try this soon.

  29. Barb S August 26, 2013 at 8:28 AM - Reply

    What would I spend the prize on? I’d probably go a little nuts in the kitchenware section ;) and maybe some new shoes.

  30. Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 26, 2013 at 12:32 AM - Reply

    Did you say garlic butter?! Yes please! And I’d go on a blog prop shopping spree :).

  31. Tracy August 25, 2013 at 10:02 PM - Reply

    No doubt something boring like socks or laundry detergent.

  32. mjskit August 25, 2013 at 9:56 PM - Reply

    Love the pasta! Simple and very tasty I’m sure!

  33. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen August 25, 2013 at 9:26 PM - Reply

    Sometimes the simplest pasta dishes are the best. Period. LOVE that ol’ al dente bite into bow tie (Farfalle) pasta, Kate! Thanks for sharing, my friend!

  34. Barbara Bradford August 25, 2013 at 6:48 PM - Reply

    I would spend the first of my money on some fresh spinach for your recipe. It looks fantastic. The rest of the money would go for towels, for some reason my towels have a way of disappearing.

  35. Becky August 25, 2013 at 5:42 PM - Reply

    I would buy some bake ware, and more groceries. They have great prices

  36. karen August 25, 2013 at 4:49 PM - Reply

    Mostly groceries and school supplies.

  37. Tierney August 25, 2013 at 4:48 PM - Reply

    I would put it towards a new food processor

  38. Agnes August 25, 2013 at 3:08 PM - Reply

    Looks wonderful. Love it!

  39. Andrea Williams August 25, 2013 at 3:04 PM - Reply

    I would get some things to decorate my house with.

  40. Justin August 25, 2013 at 2:22 PM - Reply

    Some new bakeware,

  41. Angie T. August 25, 2013 at 2:03 PM - Reply

    Household stuff

  42. Leann Lindeman August 25, 2013 at 1:21 PM - Reply

    I would probably buy clothes

  43. Sandy August 25, 2013 at 11:52 AM - Reply

    I was surprised to find that Target has the best prices on a lot of groceries, that is what I would get with the card

  44. Amanda August 25, 2013 at 11:39 AM - Reply

    I would definitely get some stuff for the kids :)

  45. Maria | Pink Patisserie August 25, 2013 at 11:35 AM - Reply

    I love, love recipes like this! The simpler the better and bring on the garlic!

  46. Deanna August 25, 2013 at 11:06 AM - Reply

    20 mins??! Sign me up! Got my Sunday dinner down-thanks!!

  47. happymrsc August 25, 2013 at 11:06 AM - Reply

    Thanks for this quick and easy recipe, I am a pre-k teacher and we have been phasing in for the last 2 weeks but tomorrow,,,,all 20 wil be there!!! I already have my fav wine and a big old glass sitting on the counter but now I have a terrific, quick recipe for my dinner!! If I got the 100 dollar gift certificate I would head to the dollar section to get bunches of stuff for my classroom and to the kitchen area cause I can always find something I need at Target!!!!

  48. Dorothy Teel August 25, 2013 at 11:02 AM - Reply

    Cool $100 at Target I would be in dream heaven and I would love to get unusual items that I normally do not buy, things for my home and me, LOL I love their serving wear, glassware, tablecloths I would definitely be able to spend the gift card. And No I would not buy my groceries with it.. LOL

  49. Pamela Arbour August 25, 2013 at 11:00 AM - Reply

    get a few Christmas presents for the kids…yeah I shop early (lol)

  50. julie August 25, 2013 at 10:47 AM - Reply

    There are a few things I would like for my kitchen and I love their seasonal home décor, so I’m sure I wouldn’t have any problem spending $100! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  51. Leah Lucas August 25, 2013 at 10:04 AM - Reply

    I would buy a new slowcooker! Mine is worn out!

  52. Megan's Cookin' August 25, 2013 at 8:54 AM - Reply

    I think I would buy new towels. My bathroom needs a little refreshing!

  53. Jennifer Olszowy August 25, 2013 at 8:27 AM - Reply

    I can’t resist a new pasta recipe and who can’t use a gift card to Target, awesome!

  54. Denise Wilson August 25, 2013 at 7:17 AM - Reply


  55. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet August 25, 2013 at 7:13 AM - Reply

    This so has my name on it! We have pasta probably 3 to 5 times a week, just depends. I am always looking for new ways to mix it up! Target! Woohoo! Can I live there? JK!

  56. Katie August 25, 2013 at 6:41 AM - Reply

    Well, it’s Target…so I’d probably spend it on things I don’t need, as per my usual habits there. I would probably blow it on clothes or home decor!

  57. Khadijah August 25, 2013 at 4:20 AM - Reply

    I love Target! Great contest :)

  58. Ellen August 25, 2013 at 1:03 AM - Reply

    I’d probably end up buying clothes:)

  59. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef August 25, 2013 at 12:33 AM - Reply

    My husband isn’t too fond of pasta and I love it. Can I eat this at your house?

    I must have this! :)

  60. Sharney Levasseur August 24, 2013 at 11:40 PM - Reply

    Mmm! Gonna try this pasta!

    How do we enter the contest?

    • Katerina Petrovska August 24, 2013 at 11:49 PM - Reply

      The Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of the post. The code wasn’t put in correctly earlier and that is why you didn’t see it, but it’s there now! :)

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