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Spinach and Artichoke Creamy Penne Pasta

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WW Freestyle: 18
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Sauteed spinach and artichoke hearts are tossed with penne pasta and smothered in a cheesy and garlicky cream sauce.
Servings: 4
Calories: 501

Ingredients

  • 1/2- pound penne pasta
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 bag (9-ounces) fresh spinach
  • 2 tablespoons butter , divided
  • 1 can (14-ounces) artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups milk (I use 2%)
  • salt and fresh pepper , to taste
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  • grated parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes for garnish

Instructions 

  • Cook pasta according to directions on the box.
  • In a large frying pan, heat olive oil.
  • Add garlic and cook until fragrant.
  • Stir in spinach and continue to cook until wilted; about 2 minutes.
  • Place cooked spinach in a large bowl and set aside.
  • In the same pan, melt 1 tablespoon butter.
  • Add artichokes and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Place artichokes in the bowl with spinach and set aside.
  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter over low heat.
  • Whisk in flour.
  • Whisk in milk, salt and pepper; cook 5 minutes.
  • Add cheese and whisk until completely melted.
  • Slowly add cooked pasta, spinach and artichokes; mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Garnish with grated parmesan and red pepper flakes.
  • Serve warm.

Notes

RECIPE SOURCE: DIETHOOD
 
Nutrition Facts
Spinach and Artichoke Creamy Penne Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 501 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 326mg14%
Potassium 200mg6%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 490IU10%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 297mg30%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.