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’s® Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic & Oregano-No Salt Added, undrained
  • 2 cups dry multigrain penne pasta, uncooked
  • 2 tablespoons Fleischmann’s® 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 🙂

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  1. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

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

  2. Image for Marnita Parry 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. :)

  3. Image for Kelly @ JAX does design Kelly @ JAX does design

    Mmmm, the pasta dish looks delicious! Not that I'm biased or anything, but pasta is one of my favourite foods :-) Bummer I can't enter your giveaway because I'm not in the US, but I'll definitely check out The Dish :-)

  4. Image for Michele Michele

    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!

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    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! Kelly

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    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 :) Hugs, Laura

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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.

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    Definitely making this "dish", but with fresh tomatoes from my husband's garden. I signed up for membership for The Dish.

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    Walnuts and I have had a passionate love affair for years and years. I am going to make this very soon...looks and sounds delicious.

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    I made this for dinner tonite and it was sooooo good. Fast and easy to prepare and a little cheesy/nutty...yum. Can't wait to head over to their site and sign up for more goodies. Thanks!

  12. Image for Michele Michele

    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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    This looks so yummy and fast and easy - i am always loking for a yummy, fast and easy recipe! Thanks I'm going to try it. My favorite part was the fast and easy - oh and the Spinach. I would have to add extra spinach my personal self!

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