Whole Wheat Penne with Spinach Sauce Recipe

Looking for an easy whole wheat penne with spinach sauce recipe? Learn how to make whole wheat penne with spinach sauce using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by carababeara

Makes 3 servings



yummy warm whole wheat penne with a spinach and cheese sauce

Recipe Ingredients for whole wheat penne with spinach sauce

1/2 pound whole wheat penne
3 garlic cloves
1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1/2 oz neufchatel cheese
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves

Recipe Directions for whole wheat penne with spinach sauce

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the penne and cook until it is tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 12 minutes.

  2. Mince the garlic in a food processor. Add the goat cheese, cream cheese, 3/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, and half of the spinach leaves. Blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Set the cheese and spinach mixture aside.

  3. Meanwhile, place the remaining spinach leaves in a large bowl.

  4. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Spoon the pasta atop the spinach leaves in the bowl. Scrape the cheese and spinach mixture over the pasta mixture and toss to coat, adding enough reserved cooking liquid to moisten. Season the pasta, to taste, with salt and pepper.

Categories

Side Dish, Italian

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 134.2g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
305
Calories from Fat
38
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
4.2g
6%
Saturated Fat
1.7g
9%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
10mg
3%
Sodium
662mg
28%
Potassium
206mg
6%
Total Carbohydrates
56.5g
19%
Dietary Fiber
8.7g
35%
Sugars
0.4g
Protein
15.8g
Vitamin A 56% Vitamin C 15%
Calcium 12% Iron 26%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B+
  Good points
  • Low in cholesterol
  • Very low in sugar
  • High in dietary fiber
  • High in thiamin
  • High in vitamin A
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