Spinach Walnut Penne

Spinach Walnut Penne


spinach walnut penne

My macaroni and cheese kitchen is smiling.

Smiling from ear to ear because I made a recipe with more than four ingredients.

There are seven ingredients to be exact.

And it’s healthy…only 387 calories per serving.

Maybe a few more calories if you added extra walnuts to your plate…like me.

Delicious with extra walnuts never tasted so good.


Spinach Walnut Penne

(source: ready set eatl)



  • 2 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 can (14.5 oz each) Hunt’sยฎ Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic & Oregano-No Salt Added, undrained
  • 2 cups dry multigrain penne pasta, uncooked
  • 2 tablespoons Fleischmann’sยฎ Made with Olive Oil Spread
  • 1 pkg (6 oz each) baby spinach leaves
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


diced tomatos



1. Combine broth, undrained tomatoes, pasta and Fleischmann’s in large skillet.

Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally.

Cover skillet, reduce heat to medium and cook 15 minutes or just until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.


Step 1


2. Stir in spinach and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until spinach is wilted, stirring occasionally.




Sprinkle with walnuts and cheese just before serving.


Spinach Walnut Penne


It’s delicious.

Down to the last walnut ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. This looks delicious. I’m passing this recipe on to Jane, I’m sure I would make some serious mistakes making it. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

  2. This looks good–I went and registered with ConAgra…DL occasionally does work for them. I really need to get better at ‘hoing myself out to vendors. I also re-tweeted this!

  3. Teresa Vanselow :

    This dish really looks delicious! I’m going to have to try it soon.

  4. Looks delicious, thanks for sharing!

  5. Yummy!! Have to pin this one to try… heading over to check out The Dish right now!
    xo Heidi

  6. Love this recipe…”quick”, “easy”, “low-cal”, and “delicious”…….the four words in my vocabulary of cooking!…..Looks fantastic Kari!!

  7. This ‘dish’ does look delish!! And is it fair to say that if you can make it, I should feel confident that I can make it? ๐Ÿ˜‰ (kidding!) And I would for sure love the coupons. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. tweeted!

  9. Marnita Parry :

    All this time I thought we were friends, birds of a feather, like minded non-cooking pals….. And then you do this to me, sigh. Ok, so I guess even I can handle 7 ingredients that I don’t have to measure, chop, julienne, knead, saute, blah, blah, blah. Maybe, just maybe you’ve brought hope to the small population of folks who just don’t like to cook and think that those that do should find something to paint. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Your dish looks delish! Love the idea of the addition of walnuts. And I’m always game for a $50 Visa gift card giveaway!



  11. Tweeted … and then had to “reply” to my own Tweet with the hashtag … because I’m a dummy …


    I’ll tweet again later and do it right!



  12. What a dish! Extra walnuts for me too please.

  13. Mmmm, the pasta dish looks delicious! Not that I’m biased or anything, but pasta is one of my favourite foods ๐Ÿ™‚ Bummer I can’t enter your giveaway because I’m not in the US, but I’ll definitely check out The Dish ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I’m with you, more nuts.


  15. This is similar to my very favorite dish of all time at a restaurant called Bravo – the dish is called Penne Mediterranean and I just had it again the other night! They use pine nuts instead of walnuts, but it is very close – yum. I don’t eat much meat and it is a wonderful recipe, thanks so much.

    I am going to definately fix that soon!

  16. Looks great..going to try it soon..

  17. I find the recipe resources section useful.

  18. Thanks for sharing this info! Your pasta looks yummy!
    I like the seasonal feature on The Dish…but, of course, the recipes are a big draw.
    Thanks, again!

  19. I’m making it TODAY.

  20. Look how clean the burner on your stove is WHILE COOKING! Never could I post a picture of my stovetop while cooking. lol The recipe sounds delicious!

  21. That sounds yummy! I would probably replace the walnuts with pecans because I don’t like walnuts but the rest sounds delightful!

  22. Pretty fancy dancy, Kari Anne. This really looks delicious. The only thing I would change is the tomatoes. You should look for tomatoes in a glass jar instead of a can ๐Ÿ™‚


  23. tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/238284606263152640

  24. You had me at parmesan cheese. =)

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    I like the recipes resources because I’m not very good at cooking or thinking up new recipes so this would be perfect for me.

  27. the dish looks so good

  28. Amanda Sakovitz :
  29. Definitely making this “dish”, but with fresh tomatoes from my husband’s garden.
    I signed up for membership for The Dish.

  30. I like the recipe resources because I like trying new recipes

  31. Cannot wait to make this!

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  33. What a great idea to cook the pasta in the undrained tomatoes! Great recipe.

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    I am going to make this very soon…looks and sounds delicious.

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  40. Here’s what I say… YUMMY!!!! LOVE this recipe! I hope you link it up to ON THE MENU MONDAY! Your photography alone beacons me to make it! Thistlewood= deliciousness!

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  42. Would be great if after your post you re-write so it is easier to actually print the recipe for our files for next time maybe?

    Fixing this for dinner tonight.

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    Thanks for the contest.

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