Whole Wheat Penne with Pesto and Spinach

The picture for this Whole Wheat Penne with Pesto and Spinach doesn’t do it justice because this pasta dish is incredibly good and tasty.

Whole Wheat Penne with Pesto and Spinach
This Whole Wheat Penne with Pesto and Spinach recipe that is super easy to put together. Just boil the pasta and mix the ingredients and you are done, it is that easy!!

I normally buy a good quality pesto sauce made with either extra virgin olive oil or olive oil. I have found that some of them can include trans fats, hydrogenated oils, CRAZY, so beware!

Anyhow, this Whole Wheat Penne with Pesto and Spinach pasta can be made with which ever type of pasta of your choice. If you like use gluten free pasta as well. I am sure it will work well as well



Whole Wheat Penne with Pesto and Spinach

Yield: 4-6 servings


1 13 oz package of whole wheat penne pasta
7 oz package of fresh spinach
1 small package of peas, can be frozen or in a can
1/2 cup pesto sauce, I use more, we love pesto
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup pine nuts, optional, I know they are expensive
Salt to taste



Cook pasta to aldente stage, about 8-10 minutes. Transfer to a big bowl and add the other ingredients except spinach.

Let the pasta cool for a couple of minutes before adding the spinach so it doesn't wilt too much. If you are using frozen peas cook them before adding to the pasta. Serve. It is that easy!!

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  1. This is a beauty of a dish, Miryam! I love this wonderful sauce and the versatility with your own choice of favourite veggies or whatever is in the fridge!
    Nothing better than a healthy pasta!

  2. Loving that it’s fridge friendly and great as leftovers because I can so see myself having this for lunches all week! Great dish with so many beautiful colors and ingredients!

  3. This is such a beautiful dish and I love how bright and fresh this sauce sounds!  Chickapea pasta has become a favorite of ours and I can’t wait to try this!

  4. Oh my gosh. WAY too beautiful!! I love how creamy this dish looks  Miryam and that beautiful dill and Chickapea pasta!

  5. I haven’t been able to find this pasta yet! I may have to break down and order it online. Love the idea of saving the sauce for leftovers.

  6. I will be looking for that pasta on my next shopping trip. I can’t wait to try this dish!

  7. The perfect summer meal! I can’t wait to make this soon! Maybe this weekend!

  8. Those flavors sound amazing! I cannot wait to try this!

  9. I love how colorful this dish is!

  10. I have to try your recipe! Looks delicious!

  11. This dish looks beautiful and I can’t wait to buy the Chickapea & Lentil pasta, but I was wondering whether you could recommend a substitute for the half and half in the cream sauce. All the other ingredients are so healthy and delicious, but the half and half has a bit too much cholesterol and fat for my diet. I will make the recipe without it first, and I know the sauce will not be creamy, but probably just as delicious and refreshing.

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