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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 312.3
  • Total Fat: 11.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 192.0 mg
  • Total Carbs: 50.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 8.6 g
  • Protein: 8.9 g

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Penne with Spinach and Chickpeas in Garlic Sauce

Submitted by: ELEMAR

Introduction

My friend Kirsten says that even if you don't like spinach, you will love this dish. Personally, I don't like cooked spinach at all, but I must agree with her that this is GOOD! My friend Kirsten says that even if you don't like spinach, you will love this dish. Personally, I don't like cooked spinach at all, but I must agree with her that this is GOOD!
Number of Servings: 8

Ingredients

    1 10-oz. package loose fresh spinach or 1 10-oz pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
    16 oz. whole wheat pasta
    1/3 C olive oil
    6 garlic cloves (can use less if you want to)
    1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
    2 med tomatoes, diced small
    1 15-oz can of chickpeas, drained but not rinsed

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Directions

If using fresh spinach: clean, discard stems, chop (if largeish leaves). If using frozen spinach, thaw completely and drain extra water.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook to your liking. Do not drain. You'll need 1/3 cup of pasta water for the sauce!

Sauce:
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook 2 minutes. (Don't let the garlic burn!)
Next add the tomatoes and chickpeas and cook 2-3 minutes more.
Next, throw in the chopped spinach and 1/3 cup of the boiling pasta water, and stir well.

To make sure you don't over-cook the spinach, take the pan off the heat as soon as you stir it and the water into the chickpea/tomato mixture. The spinach will cook on its own, and be much fresher & bright green.

When the pasta is done, drain it thoroughly. Put it back in the pot, or a large serving bowl. Pour the sauce over it, and toss well. Sprinkle on Parmesan, and toss again, or just add it to our individual plates at the table.

NOTE: This dish tastes best well-salted, but you can add the salt as you wish. I add a ridiculous amount of salt.

Number of Servings: 8

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user ELEMAR.






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  • i used regular penne (because that's what I had) and didn't have the red pepper flakes, so I will definitely be making this again. The kids liked it and I was hoping for more flavor but I din't have all the ingredients will make again and repost. - 6/12/10

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  • It's a very nice dish. Will do it again. - 6/11/10

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  • loved this . made it for dinner and hubby ate it up . like he had not eatten in weeks . so i will make it again. - 6/10/10

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  • I love spinach, but I especially love it in this format. Yum!! - 6/9/10

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