Mediterranean Penne with Sun-dried Tomatoes

Mediterranean Penne with Sun-dried Tomatoes
This Mediterranean penne recipe is low in saturated fat and cholesterol.  It is also a good source of vitamin A, which helps to improve night vision and is an immune booster. Pasta is often one of the first foods to fall to the wayside for dieters, but if made properly and eaten in the right portions, pasta is a decent source of whole grains. Our healthy penne recipe beefs up the health factor even more by adding fresh veggies. If you love pasta, but you want to make it as healthy as possible, our penne with sun dried tomatoes is a great choice.

There are many reasons why pasta is such a popular dish. People love pasta because it is filling and can serve as a canvas for a variety of different flavors. Pasta dishes are typically Italian, but can given Mexican, Asian, or in this case, Mediterranean flavors. Pasta is considered a comfort food and is often associated with warm, wholesome dishes like macaroni and cheese and beef stroganoff. Unfortunately, some of these dishes are full of fat and carbohydrates, so dieters tend to avoid them. This healthier version of pasta allows you to get your carb fix without overdoing it with saturated fat. You also get a healthy dose of veggies in this recipe.

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Mediterranean Penne

Mediterranean Penne

Yield: 5 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 318 | Total Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 389mg | Carbohydrates: 41g | Dietary Fiber: 6g | Sugars: 5g | Protein: 11g | SmartPoints: 9

Ingredients

  • 5 cups cooked whole-grain penne pasta, cook until al dente
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup fat-free feta cheese

Directions

Cook penne according to package directions. Add 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil to a large skillet, and saute garlic over medium-low heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add to skillet the sun-dried tomatoes, black pepper, salt, and red pepper flakes, and continue to saute 5 minutes or until tomatoes are soft. Add cooked penne and remaining tablespoon of oil; toss to coat, cover, and cook on low an additional 2 minutes. Add pine nuts and baby spinach, toss to combine. Turn off heat, cover and allow spinach to slightly wilt, about 2 minutes.

Sprinkle on feta cheese and serve.

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http://skinnyms.com/mediterranean-penne-with-sun-dried-tomatoes/

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29 Comments on "Mediterranean Penne with Sun-dried Tomatoes"

  1. Becca Heflin  July 26, 2012

    Sun-dried tomatoes are one of my summertime favorites!  Thanks for the great recipe!

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  2. Shannon Reed Ray  July 26, 2012

    I don't eat Pasta but I bet my kids & husband would love this

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  3. Wilkinsonfamily5  July 26, 2012

    yummy!

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  4. Schneider  July 26, 2012

    Sundried anything is yummy!!

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  5. Fryefamily3  July 26, 2012

    My five year old normally hates tomatoes but loves this recipe! And it is great for my husband's high cholesterol.

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  6. KimCain  July 26, 2012

    This could easily be a new favorite!

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  7. Dana  July 26, 2012

    This looks delicious!

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  8. Dj817281  July 26, 2012

    My family LOVED this, hubby had seconds!

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  9. sbar  July 26, 2012

    SO good!

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  10. Jen  July 26, 2012

    Looks good

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  11. Jessica Wiseman  July 26, 2012

    AMAZING!  Will make this one again.

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  12. Rita Dore  July 26, 2012

    yum!  can't wait to try this one next week!

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  13. Wilkinsonfamily5  July 26, 2012

    yummy!

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  14. Schneider  July 26, 2012

    Sundried anything is yummy!!

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  15. Peggy Potter Jankowski  July 26, 2012

    I plan to make this real soon..Sounds yummy

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  16. Peggy Potter Jankowski  July 26, 2012

    This really looks good I plan to make this soon

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  17. Fryefamily3  July 26, 2012

    My five year old normally hates tomatoes but loves this recipe! And it is great for my husband’s high cholesterol.

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  18. KimCain  July 26, 2012

    This could easily be a new favorite!

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  19. Michele  July 26, 2012

    You'll never know it's whole grain pasta – a great way to start whole grains.  And sundried tomatoes – YUM!  Want to try this!

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  20. Sheri Hobbs  August 12, 2012

    So good!  Sun-dried tomatoes make everything better!

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  21. fitandfreephx  August 25, 2012

    That was really, really good.

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  22. Jen Anderson  August 27, 2012

    This looks very similar to my recipe… only I whisk some balsamic vinegar in with my olive oil before coating the salad, and I add olives, chopped fresh basil, minced red onion, and roasted red peppers. So tasty!! I love pasta!

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  23. Cory  March 16, 2013

    When you add the sun-dried tomatoes, do you also add the oil they are packed in?

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    • Skinny Ms.  March 17, 2013

      Cory, Yes, no need to drain the olive oil. 🙂

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  24. Veronica  July 9, 2013

    Your recipes look so yummy, but I've noticed that the majority of them are packed with so much carbs?

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    • Skinny Ms.  July 10, 2013

      Veronica, There is a big difference between complex carbs (healthy) and simple carbs (not so healthy). The nutritional data doesn’t distinguish between the two. This recipe is made with complex carbs.

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  25. Lauren  May 23, 2014

    I just made this, but with park/romano (i'm all out of feta!) and julienne sundered tomatoes (instead of packed in olive oil). It still came out pretty good! And it's much healthier than the type of pasta I would normally make!

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