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Linguine with Garlic Sauce Recipe

Linguine with Garlic Sauce Recipe

On a chilly evening, this creamy pasta toss is sure to please. It’s rich and flavorful with smoky bacon, fresh spinach and toasted pine nuts.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4-6 servings


  • 12 ounces uncooked linguine
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, diced
  • 5 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1-1/4 cups 2% milk
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted


  • 1. Cook linguine according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings.
  • 2. In the drippings, saute spinach and onion until spinach is wilted and onion is tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the milk, cream cheese, butter, salt, nutmeg and pepper; stir until smooth. Stir in pine nuts and bacon; heat through. Drain pasta; toss with sauce. Yield: 4-6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup: 547 calories, 32g fat (15g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 595mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein

Reviews for Linguine with Garlic Sauce

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Reviewed Dec. 11, 2015

"We added Parmesan cheese to this and it made the meal!!!"

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2014

"This was good with a really rich sauce. The pine nuts added something different and I served with grated Parmesan which added a lot to the flavor. Garlic bread and salad makes a complete meal."

Reviewed Oct. 13, 2013

"We used almonds instead of pine nuts because we're poor and it was still way good"

Reviewed Apr. 24, 2013

"LOVED IT! total keeper :)"

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"This is a definite keeper! Will be making this quite often."

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2011

"My family loves this recipe. I hadn't made it for a long time, and I was making a different dish, and he was disappointed that it wasn't this one. On occasion, I've added shrimp to it."

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"My family really liked this. I used walnuts since pine nuts are so expensive"

Reviewed Sep. 24, 2010

"I have made this recipe too many times to count. I love it! It is easy and comes out just like the picture shows. If you want to impress your family or guest, this is the way to go."

Reviewed Sep. 1, 2009

"This is one of my husband's favorite dishes. Which is nice that it is fast and easy."

Reviewed Jun. 6, 2009

"I love this recipe-we use it often--the pine nuts add a lot"

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2009

"Didn't think this was that spectacular. Didn't have much flavor."

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.