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Healthy Recipe: Veggie-Loaded Penne With White Wine Sauce

Pasta was never off my radar, but apparently it's making a comeback these days as home cooks are reclaiming it as a low-cost option. I love whole wheat pasta and prefer dishes that feature tons of veggies, almost to the point where the pasta doesn't appear as the main ingredient. My personal preferences inspired me to create this dish, and I have to say it's worthy of becoming a staple among my weeknight meals. It's a savory combination of vegetables and nutty penne, and while I made my meal with chicken, the recipe would be just as good without it.

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Veggie Loaded Penne With White Wine Sauce

Veggie Loaded Penne With White Wine Sauce

Veggie Loaded Penne With White Wine Sauce

Ingredients

1 package whole wheat penne
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 medium white onion, diced
1 can artichoke hearts, quartered
6 ounces mushrooms, sliced
5 ounce bag spinach
2 tomatoes, diced
black pepper and red pepper flakes to taste
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup vegetable broth
Optional: 6 ounces roasted chicken, cubed

Directions

  1. Set salted pasta water to boil
  2. While the water boils, prepare all other ingredients.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  4. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. If using chicken, add to pan and sauté until browned. Otherwise, sauté garlic and onions until softened, approximately 4 minutes.
  5. Add sliced mushrooms, artichokes, and all seasonings. Stir over heat until mushrooms have softened, approximately 5 minutes.
  6. Add wine and stir. Let simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Add pasta and stir until coated in sauce. If more liquid is needed, add more wine or use vegetable broth as an alternative.
  8. Add tomato and spinach and simmer for another 3 minutes, until spinach has wilted.
  9. Remove from heat. Add a splash of balsamic vinegar, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste. Toss pasta and serve with grated parmesan cheese.

Serves 6 to 8.

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jmccarton jmccarton 4 years
I tried this recipe today. It's very delicious but I would not be adding oregano and basil the next time I do this dish. Those herbs aren't necessary with all the other veggies that are packing flavor to this dish. It didn't make it taste bad, it just didn't add anything special. Over all this is a delicious dish.
FionaF FionaF 7 years
It's loaded with veggies..... but also loaded with carbs and calories.
L7amiguita L7amiguita 7 years
lol I'm hungry :( You know what I meant!
L7amiguita L7amiguita 7 years
lol I'm hungry :( You know what I meant!
L7amiguita L7amiguita 7 years
That looks sooooo good. I hungry :(
angelina8023 angelina8023 7 years
This looks great:)
angelina8023 angelina8023 7 years
This looks great:)
sassymolassy sassymolassy 7 years
This looks amazing. I'm going to make this next week! Thanks for giving us the recipe and great photos!
crayolasky crayolasky 7 years
This looks delicious! I love veggies with pasta. I always try to make veggies a main dish and pasta, rice etc. more of a side dish.
doogirl doogirl 7 years
This sounds delicious!
doogirl doogirl 7 years
This sounds delicious!
divinedebris divinedebris 7 years
Oh, that looks fantastic. I too love artichokes and I will think about adding them more often to food.
Renees3 Renees3 7 years
loooooove atrichoke! Sounds like this is dinner for me!
nancita nancita 7 years
I agree, aka emilicious! Artichoke adds such a great texture and tang to food. I should put it in more pasta.
aka-emilicious aka-emilicious 7 years
more recipes with artichoke please!
Advah Advah 7 years
That looks delicious (I love artichokes so much), thanks!!
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 7 years
I think I will try this for the weekend.
hottpink hottpink 7 years
Yum, I love artichokes!
hottpink hottpink 7 years
Yum, I love artichokes!
Blue24 Blue24 7 years
Looks great, I'm gonna try it :)
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Looks yum!
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Looks yum!
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