Lemon Ricotta Parmesan Pasta with Spinach and Grilled Chicken


Don’t we all love the lemon and ricotta and lemon and parmesan combinations? And you can never go wrong with lemon, chicken and spinach. Put that all together with a fair amount of pasta and you get this simple yet hearty and satisfying Italian and Greek inspired dinner!

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I love that you don’t have to make a sauce in a separate pan for this. You just add the ingredients directly to the pasta and voila. I did also try adding the spinach directly to the pasta without cooking it at all first and it didn’t seem to have a chance to fully wilt within a few minutes of cooking it with the pasta.

Which is why in the recipe below I suggested cooking it separately so you don’t end up over-cooking the pasta and drying the sauce.

You can even cook the spinach in the microwave if you’d like. I just add it to a microwave safe bowl, toss it with a little water then cook just until it starts to wilt, stirring it once halfway through cooking and then drain the water.

My favorite way to cook it though is on a steamer basket set over a little simmering water (cover the pan with a lid). You could probably even saute it in the 2 Tbsp oil listed in the recipe then add the cooked pasta and cheeses etc.

Don’t pass this one by, it may just become a new favorite! The vibrant lemon mixed with the mellowness of the ricotta along with the slight char and depth of flavor from grilling the chicken is totally irresistible!

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Lemon Ricotta Parmesan Pasta with Spinach and Grilled Chicken

3.5 from 2 votes

This super quick lemon ricotta parmesan pasta with spinach and grilled chicken is perfect for weeknights.

Servings: 6
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 lb grilled chicken breasts , sliced into strips*
  • 1 lb dry linguine , fettucine or spaghetti
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup reserved pasta water
  • 6 oz fresh baby spinach , steamed just until beginning to wilt
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups part skim ricotta
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded parmesan , plus more for serving


  1. Cook pasta in salted water according to directions listed on package, reserve 1 cup pasta water before draining pasta.
  2. Drain water (reserve 1 cup) and return pasta to pot. Set pot over medium-low heat and add olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, ricotta, 1/2 cup hot reserved pasta water and parmesan and toss to evenly coat.
  3. Add in more pasta water as desired to thin and season with salt and pepper to taste, cook and toss, about 2 minutes, until ricotta is heated through. Toss in spinach and grilled chicken. Serve warm topped with more parmesan if desired.
  4. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Recipe Notes

  • *I recommend brushing the chicken lightly with olive oil and season both sides salt, pepper and garlic powder before grilling.
  • Want more flavor? Saute 3 garlic cloves briefly in olive oil before adding ricotta and other ingredients.
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Ricotta Parmesan Pasta with Spinach and Grilled Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 536 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 321mg 13%
Potassium 693mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 61g 20%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 2g
Protein 36g 72%
Vitamin A 59.8%
Vitamin C 13.9%
Calcium 30.7%
Iron 13.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: grilled chicken pasta, Lemon Pasta
Calories: 536 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Dean Riggott: This is pretty mediocre. None of my kids liked it much. They ate it, but asked me to never make it again. Haha. March 11, 2019 at 5:30pm Reply

  • Nancy A Comento: XCELLENT July 22, 2018 at 2:25pm Reply

  • Emily Kemp: This looks so amazing, i love the combination of flavours! July 18, 2018 at 2:03am Reply

  • john farnham: I was looking to use up some leftover grilled chicken strips and this recipe had good bones. Sure enough, it was excellent! – Sort of comfort food, but in July in AZ the lemon juice and zest lighten the dish and make it summery. Only change was a small amount of garlic powder in the oil-lemon mixture. will definitely make again. Thanx July 5, 2018 at 11:35pm Reply

  • Joan of Ark: Just cleaned our plates. It was a bit bland for my taste so next time will add garlic like noted above. I would give it a 4/5. I added dress spinach directly into pasta pan and it all blended with the cheese. I didn’t have parmesan cheese so added assagio. Nice presentation and very rich. August 20, 2017 at 6:55pm Reply

  • Jackie: I can’t wait to try this tonight, I think I’ll add a good bunch of asparagus as well. April 4, 2017 at 3:38pm Reply

  • Lisa: Instructions should have “grill chicken” as the first step, then the rest of the instructions. As written, you do all the yummy pasta stuff, then uh-oh, now add grilled chicken. March 1, 2017 at 11:01am Reply

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