Friday recipe: spinach-pasta toss

June 11, 2010 —

When it’s hot and humid out, I’m always on the lookout for quick and easy recipes that don’t involve turning on the oven. Usually that means grilling, but this pasta recipe only has 4 ingredients and is ready in less than 30 minutes. That’s my kind of summer dinner!

What do you cook most in the summer?

Spinach-Pasta Toss

1 can (14.5 oz) Italian style diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cups multi-grain penne pasta, uncooked
1 cup water
1 pkg. (9 oz.) baby spinach leaves
1 cup shredded cheese


  1. Bring tomatoes, pasta and water to boil in large saucepan; stir. Cover; simmer on medium-low heat 10 min. Uncover; simmer 1 min. or until pasta is tender.
  2. Add half the spinach; simmer, covered, 2 min or until wilted. Stir. Repeat with remaining spinach.
  3. Serve topped with cheese.


  • Alternative Health Product

    Hi Andrea. It looks yummy. I’m going to try this new recipe tomorrow. Thanks for sharing.

  • Coleman Grill

    This was awesome I made it for about 30 people last night for a dinner party, and it was raved about all night. I loved it too it was amazingly good, thanks for the recipe.

  • Urmi

    Wow Andrea,this is simply amazing!I am very much like you..always in the look out for easy to make recipes.Moreover i just love pasta..and this one has a tangy flavor also.All in all a great one to try out this weekend.Look forward to hearing from you soon again.Thanks a lot.

  • Lead Arbitrage Method

    That looks so good. I know you are trying to stay away from the oven in the heat, but I love to make spinach artichoke dip. I use the olive garden receipe. Yummm

  • Nathan

    This is looking nice.I love pasta.I will definitely try this on weekend.Thanks for sharing this.

  • Kellie

    Oh this look just too good. I was on the atkins diet not too long ago and I craved my pasta everyday lol so I gave it up and just started eating less and exercising more. I love pasta way too much to give it up.

    I’m going to fix this , this weekend. Thanks