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Spinach and Feta Bowties

Spinach and Feta Bowties 4.000

Scott Suchman for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Jan 4, 2012

The spirit of spanakopita, Greek spinach-filled pies, is captured in this quick pasta dish with spinach, garlic, dill and feta. It's a winning combination that tastes great the next day as cold leftovers. Add protein to the dish by tossing with cooked chickpeas or slices of boneless, skinless grilled chicken breast.

Total time: 20 mins

Storage Notes: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Servings: 4
  • Fine salt
  • 8 ounces dried bowtie pasta (farfalle)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced or finely grated
  • 12 ounces baby spinach, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) finely crumbled feta cheese
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook according to the package directions. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the garlic and cook, stirring once or twice, until the garlic is soft but not browned, cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the spinach, in batches if necessary, stirring as needed. Cover and cook just until the spinach wilts, for 2 to 3 minutes. Uncover and increase the heat as needed to cook off/evaporate any accumulated liquid in the pan.

Transfer the spinach to the bowl with the pasta. Add the dill, lemon zest and feta cheese and toss to mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve right away or at room temperature.

Recipe Source

From Nourish columnist Stephanie Witt Sedgwick.

Tested by Stephanie Witt Sedgwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 320

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 9g 14%

Saturated Fat: 4g 20%

Cholesterol: 20mg 7%

Sodium: 380mg 16%

Total Carbohydrates: 46g 15%

Dietary Fiber: 4g 16%

Sugar: 3g

Protein: 13g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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