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Mediterranean Penne

Mediterranean Penne

Yield:  5 servings
Serving Size: 1 cup

This penne recipe is low in saturated fat, and very low in cholesterol.  It is also a good source of vitamin A, which helps to improve night vision and is an immune booster.  

5 cups cooked whole-grain penne pasta, cooked al dente
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
2 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup pine nuts
2 cups baby spinach
1 cup fat-free feta cheese

Cook penne according to package directions.  Add 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil to a large skillet, and saute garlic over medium-low heat until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add to skillet the sun-dried tomatoes, black pepper, salt, and red pepper flakes, and continue cooking 5 minutes or until tomatoes are soft.  Add cooked penne and remaining tablespoon of oil; toss to coat, cover, and cook on low an additional 2 minutes.  Add pine nuts and baby spinach; combine; cook just until spinach is slightly wilted, about 1 minute. 
Serve topped with feta cheese.

Nutritional Data
Calories: 318
Total Fat: 13g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 4mg
Sodium: 389mg
Carbohydrates: 41g
Dietary Fiber: 6g
Sugars: 5g
Protein: 11g

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