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whole wheat pasta recipe topped with spinach, pasta sauce, parmesan cheese on a white plate, with a fork
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Whole Wheat Pasta Recipe

This easy, tasty, healthy Whole Wheat Pasta Recipe is easy to make when you're in a hurry! Full of flavor and loaded with veggies, this family friendly supper will be a sure fire hit!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 380kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 8 oz whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 16oz bag organic frozen spinach
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 14 oz can fire roasted tomatoes with green chilies the green chilies add a wonderful spicy kick to the pasta – so try to use that instead of just plain fire roasted tomatoes!
  • 1 28oz jar pasta sauce
  • Dried Italian seasoning to taste
  • Grated fresh parmesan cheese
  • Salt & pepper (or crushed red pepper) to taste
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to package directions. While the pasta is cooking, sauté the onions, garlic and frozen spinach with 1 tbsp olive oil in a large saucepan.
  • Once the pasta is cooked, drain and set aside. Once the spinach mixture is heated through, add the fire roasted tomatoes.
  • Stir in salt, pepper, italian seasoning, crushed red pepper (all to taste) into the spinach/tomato mixture. Heat up your pasta sauce in a separate saucepan.
  • Stir in salt, pepper, oregano into the spinach/tomato mixture – to taste. Heat up your pasta sauce and get ready to assemble/serve your dish! To assemble: Start with a layer of rotini pasta, top with veggie mixture, top with sauce, and finish off with 2 Tbsp grated fresh Parmesan cheese.

Notes

Top Tips For Making This Gourmet, Healthy 20 Minute Pasta Meal
  • Cook the pasta al dente (with bite).
  • Use a whole grain pasta, or another healthy variety (like lentil, chickpea, spelt or quinoa) as listed above.
  • To make sure the pasta doesn't stick together, use at least 4 quarts of water for every pound of noodles, and stir your pasta constantly for the first few minutes of cooking.
  • Use a pre-made pasta sauce low in sodium and sugar.
  • Add in whatever veggies you have in your fridge!
  • Use canned tomatoes with chilies for an extra kick of flavor!
  • Taste as you cook, don't rely too heavily on the cooking time on the package.
  • Drain your pasta as soon as it's done. Don't let it sit in the water off the heat.
  • Add your pasta to your sauce, not your sauce to your pasta.
  • I used frozen spinach as that's what I had, but you can use fresh.
  • Don't go overboard with your grated cheese topping!

Nutrition

Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2.4g | Cholesterol: 7.9mg | Sodium: 970mg | Potassium: 746mg | Fiber: 12.6g | Sugar: 6g