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Penne With Spinach and Feta

Photo: Yunhee Kim

Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 18 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)
This tasty pasta dish cooks up fast and is healthy, thanks to the use of whole-wheat penne, spinach and fresh cherry tomatoes. Don't forget to garnish with crumbled feta cheese for a dinner you won't forget.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces uncooked whole-wheat penne (or other small shaped pasta)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups pear or cherry tomatoes (about 1/2 pound) or 1/2 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 3/4 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (6-ounce) package fresh baby spinach or arugula leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Nutrition Information

  • calories 282
  • fat 6 g
  • satfat 2 g
  • monofat 2 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 12 g
  • carbohydrate 50 g
  • fiber 7 g
  • cholesterol 11 mg
  • iron 3 mg
  • sodium 247 mg
  • calcium 115 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.

  2. Meanwhile, warm the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and broth; bring to a simmer, and cook 5 minutes or until the tomatoes soften and some liquid evaporates. Use a wooden spoon to lightly crush tomatoes. Slowly stir in spinach or arugula; cook, stirring, 2 minutes or until leaves wilt.

  3. Drain pasta. In serving bowl, toss pasta with warm tomato-spinach sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with cheese.

Cook's Notes

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