Pasta with Greens and Feta

Pasta with Greens and Feta

Lunch

This quick and easy pasta dish is both flavorful and flexible. Instead of spinach greens, you could include arugula, watercress, or endive. For a more substantial meal add roasted or grilled squash, eggplant, or peppers. It’s easy to send to school, too, because pasta holds up well to dressings and moisture and it tastes great at room temperature.

  • 2/3 lb penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups spinach, washed and chopped
  • 1/4 cup water
  • A good squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled

1. In a large pot of salted water cook the penne pasta al dente. Drain and set aside.
2. Sauté the onions in oil until lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook for two minutes. Add the spinach and water to steam the spinach, and cook for 3 more minutes. When the spinach has wilted add the pasta and toss to heat through.
3. Add lemon juice and pepper and toss again. Top with feta cheese and serve.

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 391
Calories from Fat 95 (24% of tot cal)
Total Fat 11g-16%
Saturated Fat 4g – 20%
Cholesterol 17mg – 6%
Sodium 229mg – 10%
Total Carbo 63g – 21%
Dietary Fiber 3g – 12%
Sugars 60g
Protein 13g
Vitamin A 109%
Vitamin C 19%
Calcium 13%
Iron 7%
Calorie Diet 2000
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending upon your caloric intake.