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Healthy Mediterranean Pasta

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All About This Healthy Mediterranean Pasta

I don’t know about you, but I love any excuse to eat pasta. I’ve also been on a Mediterranean flavor kick lately. Anything with artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes, and capers is what I have been craving these past few weeks. Combining those flavors with pasta is speaking my food love language for sure. This Healthy Mediterranean Pasta is so flavorful and fresh that you won’t even notice there isn’t a sauce! What’s even better is that this dish is so easy to throw together for a quick weeknight meal! You can also top with some chicken or shrimp for some extra added protein.

 

 

What You’ll Need

Equipment

  • Pot
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Small frying pan
  • Spoon

 

Ingredients

  • Your favorite pasta (I use Barilla Protein Plus penne pasta)
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Sun dried tomatoes
  • Capers
  • Spinach
  • Avocado oil spray (or any cooking spray of your choice)
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Red pepper flakes, optional

 

 

How To Make This Healthy Mediterranean Pasta

Making this Healthy Mediterranean Pasta is so easy! First, you’ll want to get a pot of salted water boiling. Always make sure you are cooking your pasta in salted water. It adds so much extra flavor! You want your pasta water to taste like ocean water… that’s how you know it’s perfect. Once you have your water boiling, throw in your pasta and cook according to the package instructions.

While the pasta is cooking away, drain the artichoke hearts and chop into bite-sized pieces. Saute the spinach in a small frying pan over medium heat using a few sprays of avocado oil spray. Don’t overcook the spinach; just 2-3 minutes is perfect. You want it to still keep that vibrant green color without getting overly wilted.

When the pasta is done cooking, drain and return back to the pot. Toss with the artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes, capers, and spinach. Top with parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes, if you like a little extra heat.

 

 

Serving Suggestions

This Healthy Mediterranean Pasta is delicious as is, but you can also add some extra protein by serving it along with chicken or shrimp.

 

Nutritional Information

This Healthy Mediterranean Pasta makes eight servings. Each serving comes out to 259 calories, 6 WW Green SmartPoints®, 6 WW Blue SmartPoints®, and 1 WW Purple SmartPoint® if you use whole wheat pasta.

 

More Pasta Dishes

Are you looking for more pasta dishes? Be sure to check out my Spinach, Tomato, And Onion Stuffed Shells, Roasted Vegetable Lasagna, and Easy Tuna Noodle Casserole!

If you’re a pasta lover like I am, you also will want to check out this Creamy Sausage Asparagus Pasta from my friend Audrey over at Audreythena Food Goddess!

 

If you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment below, or post a picture and tag me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter with @cookingwithfudge or #cookingwithfudge.

Healthy Mediterranean Pasta

Healthy Mediterranean Pasta

This Healthy Mediterranean Pasta is so flavorful and fresh that you won't even notice that there isn't a sauce! What's even better is that this dish is so easy to throw together for a quick weeknight meal! You can also top with some chicken or shrimp for some extra added protein!
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Servings: 8 servings

Equipment

  • Pot
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Small frying pan
  • Spoon

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces your favorite pasta I use Barilla Protein Plus penne pasta
  • 1 cup artichoke hearts quartered
  • 1 cup sun dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • 6 ounces spinach
  • avocado oil spray or any cooking spray of your choice
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional

Instructions

  • In a pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta according to the package instructions.
  • While the pasta is cooking, drain the artichoke hearts and chop into bite-sized pieces.
  • Saute the spinach for 2-3 minutes in a small frying pan over medium heat using a few sprays of avocado oil spray.
  • When the pasta is done cooking, drain and return back to the pot.
  • Toss with the artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes, capers, and spinach.
  • Top with parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes, if desired.

Notes

This Healthy Mediterranean Pasta makes eight servings. Each serving comes out to 259 calories, 6 WW Green SmartPoints®, 6 WW Blue SmartPoints®, and 1 WW Purple SmartPoint® if you use whole wheat pasta.
Recipe URL: https://cookingwithfudge.com/healthy-mediterranean-pasta/

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 560mg | Potassium: 600mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 2220IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 7mg
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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Like you, I can definitely eat pasta every day! Especially when it’s as good as this Mediterranean pasta.

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