Spinach, Peppers, and Cherry Tomatoes with Penne

Before you grab the jarred spaghetti sauce on pasta night try this easy to prepare, Mediterranean-inspired pasta dish. It is sure to become a family favorite!

2 1/2 cups penne rigate pasta (6 oz.)
1 Tbs. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
1 12-oz. jar roasted red peppers, rinsed, drained, patted dry, and sliced
10 oz. cherry tomatoes, halved (2 cups)
4 cups packed baby spinach leaves (8 oz.)
1/4 cup chopped pitted kalamata olives
1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh oregano
1 1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain, and reserve 1/2 cup pasta-cooking water.

Meanwhile, heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, and cook 1 minute, stirring frequently, or until lightly browned.

Increase heat to high. Add roasted peppers, and cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

Add tomatoes, spinach, olives, oregano, lemon zest, and pepper. Cook 4 to 6 minutes, or until tomatoes soften and spinach wilts, stirring frequently. Add pasta and reserved pasta-cooking water; cover and cook 3 minutes more, or until heated through. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 266 · Carbohydrate Content: 46 g · Fat Content: 6 g · Fiber Content: 7 g · Protein Content: 8 g · Saturated Fat Content: 0.5 g · Sodium Content: 340 mg · Sugar Content: 4 g

Printable recipe available at: https://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipes/spinach-peppers-and-cherry-tomatoes-with-penne-rigate

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