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A Quick and Healthy Pasta Recipe

by Courtney on April 11, 2012

Looking for a quick, easy, healthy pasta recipe for lunch or dinner? Well look no further – I’ve got one for ya!


I’m very tempted to not even call it a “recipe,” since it’s really just that easy to throw together. I wound up putting this dish together on Saturday evening on a whim, after Jay and I both realized we were starving at 7:30pm, had yet to eat dinner, and didn’t feel like spending money on anything.


Quick and Healthy Pasta & Veggies

  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Serves 2-3


  • 1-1/2 cups dry whole wheat pasta (rotini, ziti, shells, etc.)
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can Italian-style diced tomatoes, undrained
  • Half a bag of fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers
  • 3 tbsp Italian dressing (we used Ken’s Light Northern Italian)
  • ~1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


Cook the pasta according to directions and to your liking. While pasta is cooking, place fresh spinach leaves in a colander. Once pasta is done cooking, pour pasta and water over spinach leaves and into colander. Shake to drain and pour pasta and spinach back into your pot. Add the diced tomatoes, roasted red peppers, Italian dressing, and parmesan cheese; stir to combine and let cook over medium heat about 3-5 minutes so cheese becomes slightly melted. Serve and enjoy!



Like I said, it doesn’t get much easier than that, now does it? Winking smile

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1 Carissa April 11, 2012 at 1:02 pm

That looks divine! I will need to get some quinoa pasta and give that a go. I love Italian flavors!
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2 olivia April 11, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Love easy recipes like this one. Thanks for posting. You could even add some chopped walnuts/almonds or pecans for a little crunch and protein. I think I’ll make this tonight with husband out at school and so just me and the kids.


3 Courtney April 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Yes, definitely!


4 Brandi April 11, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Yum! I usually stay away from anything pasta, cause it likes to stick to my hips. This looks good! :)


5 Kate April 11, 2012 at 1:06 pm

That looks really fresh and delicious! I love all those ingredients, so I’m pinning this recipe for future yumminess.
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6 Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life April 11, 2012 at 1:09 pm

I make something similar to this, but with all the ingredients for Greek Salad. It’s a big hit at summer BBQs.
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7 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance April 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm

I love making something just like this – I use roasted cherry tomatoes and garlic and they end up making a great sauce!
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8 Carrie @ Lift Eat Repeat April 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Looks pretty good! Have you ever tried to make out flour pasta? I try to stay away from wheat as much as possible- I think I’m gonna try making it soon!
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9 Courtney April 11, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Hmmm, never tried that one. It sounds too labor-intensive for me, haha ;)


10 Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life April 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm

This sounds so good! One of my favorite spaghetti dishes is actually angel hat, diced tomatoes, and cottage cheese all heated together. So simple but so good!


11 Courtney April 11, 2012 at 4:04 pm

That sounds so interesting…and so GOOD!


12 Shannon April 11, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Looks mighty tasty! I think I’ll be making this for Friday night’s dinner. :) I’ll tell you how it goes on my family- but I’ll probably have to omit the spinach. We’re not big fans of it unfortunately.
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13 Shana April 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm

These are my favorite kind of meals-quick, nutitious, and delicious!
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14 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope April 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm

This is such a good idea! I love that you used Italian dressing! :)
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15 michelle kim April 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Thanks for sharing this recipe! Looks really yummy!
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16 Nicole April 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I never thought to “cook” spinach that way – genius! :)


17 Courtney April 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Yes! I got the idea from Julie @ PBFingers :)


18 Lynn April 12, 2012 at 11:43 am

Agreed on the “cooking” spinach… That’s genius! I’m going to use that tonight and make a similar pasta inspired dish, thanks!


19 Aleasha April 11, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Looks great. May have to give this a try…..
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20 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake April 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Love this! I’ve been wanting to try the whole steamed spinach in a colander thing! My husband isn’t a huge fan of pasta dishes, but I think if I bulk it up a bit like this one he might go for it!
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21 Alyssa @ Fit and Fun in Third April 11, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Quick, easy and healthy…. perfect recipe!! :)
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22 Kristen @ notsodomesticated April 11, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Looks great! I love easy recipes with minimal ingredients … of course, who doesn’t?! ;)
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23 Kate April 11, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Thanks for the recipe, we made it for dinner tonight & we loved it!
We added some sauted chicken and it was so good!!


24 Suzy April 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Ahhh! That’s exactly what I was going to do tonight, just add some sauted chicken. Looks delicious! ♥ Glad to know it was good!


25 Natasha April 11, 2012 at 7:01 pm

this is perfect for spring! thank you for sharing :)
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26 Shirataki Noodles April 12, 2012 at 3:51 am

Just awesome love to eat this !!


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