Photo: Jason Wallis; Styling: Cindy Barr 
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)

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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Love the Freshness!

July 06, 2017
Loved it!  Healthy, simple and fresh!  A fave for sure!

mcraye123's Review

March 12, 2014
This is great! I was surprised at how flavorful it is, since it is so simple. Thanks to the reviewer who shared she used kale. I'll try that next time!

jwmassey's Review

September 29, 2014
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.

LDombeck's Review

March 04, 2014
Really good, quick, and easy! Make double if you have a hungry crowd. I used half red pepper to make it less spicy for the kids. I would make again.

calteri's Review

October 28, 2014
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.

MsLaurie's Review

February 23, 2014
This was very nice, I used Barilla Plus pasta, and it was delicious. I think that it would be a nice side dish for company but it also stood alone for an easy family dinner.

marianegron1969's Review

February 06, 2014

Lemony's Review

June 07, 2014
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.

GrantCooper's Review

March 19, 2014
We eat a lot of pasta but this was a great combination. I used chicken broth as that is what I usually have in the fridge. The feta was a nice change from parmesan.

ventured's Review

March 30, 2014