Ever since I discovered the ease and simplicity of cooking pasta right in the skillet, it’s become one of my favorite quick supper tricks. Not only does it save on dirtying another pot, but everything cooks together so the flavors really meld. My go-to skillet pasta creation is this Parmesan Spinach Mushroom Pasta—it’s become a weekly staple in my house!

As a busy working mom, weeknights are usually a scramble to get a homemade meal on the table. I love recipes that can be made in just one vessel because it cuts back on cleanup time significantly. With this Parmesan Spinach Mushroom Pasta Skillet, I do the bulk of the cooking right in the skillet from start to finish.

The first time I came across the idea of skillet pastas, I was a bit skeptical if it could really work as well as boiling the noodles separately. But the pasta soaks up all the flavorful juices from the other ingredients as it cooks. Now I’m completely sold and make skillet pastas often for their convenience factor.

This recipe in particular hits all the comfort food notes for me. I’m a sucker for the umami depth that mushrooms add. When sautéed with garlic and spinach, they create a rich sauce that coats the pasta perfectly. A generous grating of Parmesan adds delightful salty, nutty flavors throughout. It truly feels like a decadent cheat meal when it comes together so easily!

1. Parmesan Spinach Mushroom Pasta Skillet

Ingredients

  • 12 oz penne or rotini pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 1 1⁄2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1⁄4 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • Red pepper flakes to taste (optional)
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

Bring a large skillet with broth to a boil over high heat. Add pasta and reduce heat to medium-high. Cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is almost al dente.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high. Add mushrooms and sauté 5 minutes until browned. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute.

Once pasta is almost done, add mushroom mixture and spinach to pasta skillet. Continue cooking 2-3 more minutes, stirring frequently, until pasta is tender and liquid is absorbed.

Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste.

Serve immediately topped with more Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

The whole process comes together faster than it would take me to boil water for a separate pot of pasta. My family usually inhales seconds and asks for thirds because it really is just so comforting and crave-worthy. Even meal prepping is a breeze—I’ll prepare the mushroom mixture ahead of time to just quickly stir into the pasta later in the week.

Like any good weeknight staple, I also love riffing on this basic recipe. Sometimes I’ll add diced chicken sausage for extra protein. Diced cherry tomatoes brighten it up during the summer months. When I have ricotta cheese on hand, I like stirring a spoonful into each serving. The options are endless!

Whether you’re rushing to get a hot meal on the table or just need tasty pasta inspo, I hope you’ll give this Parmesan Spinach Mushroom Pasta Skillet a try. Once you experience how easy it comes together in just one skillet, I think it will become a go-to for you too. Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’m going to whip up a batch myself tonight!

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Julia Jane is a home cook inspired by her mother's cooking. With the desire to share my cooking experiences with everyone, she created this website

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