This lemon spinach pasta recipe is dairy-free and ultra creamy! It's made in only one pot so there's no draining required, and it takes just 30 minutes from start to finish! A great weeknight dinner recipe.

Creamy Lemon Spinach One-Pot Pasta

This Creamy Lemon Spinach One-Pot Pasta is a satisfying and simple weeknight meal that takes just 30 minutes to make! There’s no need to drain the pasta and it’s dairy-free.
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 333kcal
Author Alyssa


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup lite coconut milk, plus extra at end if desired
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 8 oz uncooked spaghetti
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • Juice and zest of one large lemon
  • 2 1/2 cups packed fresh spinach
  • 3-4 basil leaves, chopped
  • 3 tbsp pine nuts


  • Heat olive oil in a large pot set over medium heat. Add diced onion and minced garlic and let cook until onions have begun to brown.
  • Add chicken broth, 1 cup of lite coconut milk, salt, pepper, and spaghetti. Let mixture reach a boil, and then lower temperature to medium to medium-low heat. Cover and let cook until the spaghetti has absorbed nearly all of the liquid, stirring periodically. This took about 15 minutes for me.
  • Stir in red pepper flakes, lemon juice, lemon zest, and spinach until everything is well-mixed and cook until the spinach has reduced and is tender. Before serving, stir in chopped basil and pine nuts. If you'd like an even creamier sauce, pour in an extra drizzle or two of lite coconut milk and toss to heat slightly and coat all of the spaghetti evenly.


When reheating leftovers, I suggest adding an extra drizzle of coconut milk prior to heating to maintain the creaminess.


Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 37.3g | Protein: 11.3g | Fat: 16.5g | Saturated Fat: 4.5g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 574mg | Potassium: 377mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1.3g | Calcium: 3% | Iron: 19%