Grape Tomato, Olive, and Spinach Pasta

Photo: Jason Wallis; Styling: Cindy Barr  

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.

Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 305
  • Fat: 7.1g
  • Saturated fat: 2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.6g
  • Protein: 11.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 49.5g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 6mg
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Sodium: 458mg
  • Calcium: 123mg

Ingredients

  • 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)

Preparation

  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. 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.
Note:

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