A Quick and Simple Dinner for Busy Days

This simple pasta dish is my go-to for busy evenings when I don’t have a lot of time to make dinner, but still want to enjoy a home-cooked meal. It’s easy to prepare with fresh ingredients, and filling. Served with a salad, I can have a full dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes. The colorful ingredients and nutmeg make it a perfect dish for this time of the year.

This pasta dish works great for leftovers. If you don’t mind eating the same thing the next day or so, you’ll be happy to be able to turn this into another meal. Just heat the pasta and top with parmesan cheese, and it’ll be as delicious as the day you made it.

Super Simple Spinach & Garbanzo Pasta

Simple & Delicious Spinach and Garbanzo Pasta

Lucy @ Lucy Knows Things
The colorful ingredients and nutmeg in this recipe make this pasta a delicious meal. Serve it with a salad, for a full meal. It's the perfect way to end a busy day!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 16 oz linguini pasta, uncooked
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp butter unsalted
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 3 roma tomatoes diced
  • 2 cans garbanzo beans 15 oz, drained
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 bag of fresh spinach 6 oz.
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • Parmesan cheese for topping finely grated


  • Cook the pasta in salted water, according to package instructions. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water before draining.
  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil and add butter to melt.
  • Add onion and tomatoes, stir and cook for 2 minutes. Add the garbanzo beans and garlic. Stir and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add spinach, nutmeg, and chili flakes. Stir and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add drained pasta and stir. Add as much of the reserved pasta water as needed to keep pasta from being too dry.
  • Taste and add salt if needed.
  • Top with parmesan cheese and serve.


Regarding the yield:
This recipe will yield 6-8 servings. Adjust the yield based on the size of each serving you make.
Keyword pasta, simple