We love small, sweet grape tomatoes in this quick meatless pasta dish, but you can sub cherry tomatoes or larger tomatoes that have been seeded and diced.
8 ounces uncooked penne (about 2 cups)
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 large garlic clove, thinly sliced
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup organic vegetable broth (such as Swanson)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
10 kalamata olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
4 cups baby spinach
1/4 cup torn basil leaves
1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup)
How to Make It
Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add pasta; cook 8 minutes or until al dente, omitting salt and fat. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add red pepper and garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, broth, salt, black pepper, and olives; cook 6 minutes or until tomatoes begin to break down, stirring occasionally. Add pasta and 1/2 cup reserved cooking liquid to pan; simmer 2 minutes. Stir in spinach and basil; cook 2 minutes or until greens wilt. Divide pasta mixture evenly among 4 bowls; top with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.
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I have made this before and just printed it out to make again. I add turkey sausage and probably more garlic and spinach. My husband and I really liked this recipe with the kalamata olives. They give it an extra touch of flavor.
I made this last night and wasn't expecting much. I was very pleasantly surprised that such an easy dish with bland sounding ingredients was so delicious. My husband loved it, and couldn't believe he could like something with no meat. I did substitute chicken broth for the vegetable broth. This is a definite keeper.
This was a decent recipe for a quick meal. While it is not my favorite skillet pasta recipe from Cooking Light, I still enjoyed it. I did add some sweet Italian turkey sausage and a bit of extra spinach. It might have been a bit disappointing without the sausage due to the sauce being so light.