One Pot Spinach and Artichoke Pasta
Creamy, cheesy one pot spinach artichoke pasta tastes luxurious and is easily made with a handful of ingredients. Juicy chicken thighs, artichoke hearts, spinach and pasta all cook in one pot for a complete, flavorful meal your family will love.
- 1 ½ cups artichoke hearts (drained & chopped)
- ½ large onion
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs (cut into ¾ inch pieces)
- 2 cups stock or water
- 2 cups penne (6.5 oz; see note *)
- 1 ½ cups shredded cheese
- 4 large handfulls spinach
In a 4 quart or larger pot, combine artichoke hearts, onion, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, chicken, stock and pasta. Stir to combine.
Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring every 2-3 minutes and returning the lid each time.
When pasta is softened and cooked through, stir in the cheese and spinach.
To assemble ahead and freeze, combine artichoke hearts, onion, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, chicken and stock in a sturdy freezer bag, 8 cup meal prep container or ½ gallon reusable Stasher bag.
Squeeze air out if possible and freeze for up to 3 months.
Thaw completely, then add to a pot with pasta and cook as directed above.
*this recipe works with a variety of small pasta shapes including penne, rotini, macaroni, bow tie and shells. Cook time may change slightly when changing pasta shape.
**avoid orzo or large shapes like jumbo shells or lasagna noodles.
This recipe works as written in the Instant Pot. Cook for half the cook time on the package + 1-2 minutes, followed by a quick pressure release.
*** If pasta is not cooked to your liking, add ¼ cup liquid and add more time to the Instant Pot. The pot will come back to pressure quickly.
- Freezer packs may be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- After cooking, pasta may be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days or frozen for up to 3 months.
Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 522kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 1255mg | Potassium: 455mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 442IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 241mg | Iron: 2mg