nutritional information

Per 1 1/2-cup serving:

  • Calories: 266
  • Protein: 8 g
  • Total Fat: 6 g
  • Saturated Fat: <1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 46 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 340 mg
  • Fiber: 7 g
  • Sugar: 4 g
Vegan

Spinach, Peppers, and Cherry Tomatoes with Penne Rigate

Spinach Peppers and Cherry Tomatoes with Penne Rigate

Serves 4

30 minutes or fewer

Fresh cherry tomatoes and spinach add bright color, flavor, and body to this Mediterranean-style dish.
  • 2 ½ cups penne rigate pasta (6 oz.)
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
  • 1 12-oz. jar roasted red peppers, rinsed, drained, patted dry, and sliced
  • 10 oz. cherry tomatoes, halved (2 cups)
  • 4 cups packed baby spinach leaves (8 oz.)
  • ¼ cup chopped pitted kalamata olives
  • 1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 ½ tsp. grated lemon zest
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain, and reserve 1/2 cup pasta-cooking water.

2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, and cook 1 minute, stirring frequently, or until lightly browned.

3. Increase heat to high. Add roasted peppers, and cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

4. Add tomatoes, spinach, olives, oregano, lemon zest, and pepper. Cook 4 to 6 minutes, or until tomatoes soften and spinach wilts, stirring frequently. Add pasta and reserved pasta-cooking water; cover, and cook 3 minutes more, or until heated through.

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comments

I made it & the first night it was a bit bland. But after setting over night in the fridge, it was AWESOME! Love this recipe!

Margo Adelwerth - 2014-04-21 13:56:21

Will definitely make this again.

Steve DuFrene - 2014-03-26 00:57:45

After seeing the comment about "a bit bland", I tasted as I went along: an additional shake of salt, pepper, and also tossed in a little oregano and basil. The result was just what it needed, and I will definitely make this again!

deb russell - 2013-11-18 23:23:03

but whats the dressing in this pasta? no pesto, alferado, or tomato dressing??

NK - 2013-11-05 03:18:10

Looks delicious and I'm going to make it tonight. It says only "6 oz>" of pasta. That doesn't sound like enough to feed four people??

Deb - 2013-11-01 13:41:01

A bit bland. Needed more garlic and really should say "season with salt to taste" at the end, otherwise there is only the bit of salt from the pasta cooking water.

Natalie Jurcic - 2013-10-27 03:05:11

This is a great recipe. I would add more spinach as it cooks down. And I added a squirt of lemon juice in addition to the zest.

Tawnie Varnell - 2013-10-16 21:49:10

Eating it right now....Good choice me :) Very easy, inexpensive, and tasty

Ryn G. - 2013-10-16 02:36:53