Light Spinach Penne Saute Recipe

Saturday, June 9, 2012
A lighter dish for the warmer weather. Great for a light lunch or dinner.
Full of  great Italian flavors and won't hurt you waistline.

1 16 oz package of fresh spinach rinsed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb whole wheat or regular pasta of choice boiled with reserving 1/4 cup pasta water
extra olive oil for tossing pasta in
grating cheese
red pepper flakes
fresh basil
black pepper

Boil pasta in salt water according the package instructions, drain, reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta water. Place pasta in a bowl with the water, add a few tablespoon of olive oil and mix together with 1/2 teaspoon freshly chopped garlic, salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
In a large fry pan, add the wet spinach in 2 tablespoons olive oil, cover to avoid splattering,  sprinkle with salt, pepper and add red pepper flakes to taste. Add in 1 teaspoon freshly minced garlic after spinach has cooked down and wilted. Cook around two more minutes. Takes around 5 minutes total cooking time. Place pasta on a plate, top with sauteed spinach. Sprinkle with grating cheese and top with some fresh basil. We love spicy hot so add more red pepper if you like.


  1. I've never used spinach for pasta seasoning. It's a really good idea, I like it. Bye, have a great we

  2. This is exactly what I made last night, and it was delicious. I don't even cook the spinach, I just put it in the bottom of a bowl and add the hot pasta and let it wilt. Great recipe.

  3. Looks light and healthy. Ideal for lunch. Have a nice weekend.

  4. Lovely fresh recipe! I love spinach in my lasagna, but this is a great change up :)


  5. this is my kind of pasta,light and yummy!Love it!

  6. This is great Claudia. Love a nice, light pasta during the summer months. Looks delish!

  7. I love simple pasta dishes like this with fresh vegetables!

  8. I love this spinach/pasta combo Claudia! I threw a handful in my pasta just the other night. Either great minds cook alike or it must be the time of year!!

    Have an awesome week GF!

  9. Hey girl... I like this a lot. And what waste-line are you referring to, upper or lower? HA...
    like the simplicity of the and with spinach to boot. just great - have a great week

  10. Dear Claudia, This is right up my alley simple and very delicious. Blessings dear. Catherine xo


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