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

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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Quite nice with fresh, local cherry tomatoes.

Andrew Smith - 2014-09-01 23:11:54

I would like to be a Vegetarian.

Doris Hill - 2014-08-13 19:26:25

You have to tweak this a lil bit, I added more garlic, salt, pepper and topped with parmesan cheese. YUMMMMy

Jean Cronhardt - 2014-07-31 13:13:10

I'd add some garlic and dried herbs certainly. This seems to be suggested for a simple supper, yet it has very little protein. I would use whole grain pasta, add some beans during cooking and sprinkle nuts and seeds on after cooking.

Teresa - 2014-07-31 10:11:02

I added red onions, which I julienned & put in at the same time as the tomatoes. I also added extra minced garlic and about an extra cup of spinach as it cooked down. I agree that you should season with some salt to your taste at in the last couple minutes of cooking. I added a sprinkle of garlic infused rice vinegar (for some zing) and a splash of good olive oil and gave it a good toss before serving. It was a hit and the leftovers were yummy as a cold "salad" type dish. It will definitely be a repeat meal here!

Sarah - 2014-07-30 19:59:05

Amazing dish, nice warm taste. Next time (and there will be many more next times) I would add an extra cup or so of spinach for more greens.

Kelly Buck - 2014-07-22 22:46:36

I also added fetta cheese and pumpkin, yummy

Laura - 2014-06-09 22:36:28

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

Added a touch of vegan pesto and some extra pinenuts and this was SO good! Very flavoursome.

Lisa F - 2014-03-20 19:52:32

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