Simple Spinach and Red Bell Pepper Pasta

Simple Spinach and Red Bell Pepper Pasta

131 review, 4.4 star(s). 88% would make again

Ready in 30 minutes

This spinach and pepper pasta entree is simple, tasty, and filling!

"Very simple weeknight meal. I doubled the recipe. It wouldn't really have been enough for 4 as written. I added 1/2 to 3/4 cup of the pasta water at the end of cooking the vegetables - made the whole thing really creamy. I also added way more fresh basil than called for - about 1/3 cup when I tossed the pasta - don't cook with the onion and garlic if using fresh. I also added about 1/8 cup of olive oil when tossing and considerably more parmesan lots of salt and fresh ground pepper. I guess more is better!"


2 cups uncooked penne pasta
1/2 medium Onion; chopped
3 cloves Garlic; minced, more or less to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon basil; (or 2 tablespoons fresh, chopped)
1 medium Red bell pepper; or yellow or green pepper, cut into strips
10 ounces Fresh spinach; coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon Salt; or to taste
Pepper; to taste, Freshly ground
parmesan cheese; to taste (optional), Freshly grated

Original recipe makes 4 Servings

Original recipe makes 4 Servings Servings


You've adjusted the recipe from 4 Servings (as originally posted) to 4 Servings. The ingredients above reflect 4 Servings, but the instructions reflect the as-posted 4 Servings. You may need to adjust the times, temperatures or quantities mentioned in the recipe below as needed.

Cook the pasta and drain.

Heat the oil over medium high heat, and cook the onion, garlic and basil until the onion is tender.

Add the pepper strips and cook for 3 minutes longer.

Stir in the spinach. Heat for another minute, until warmed through.

Toss with the pasta, and add salt and pepper.

Top with parmesan cheese (leave out for vegan version).

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This is a great, adaptable recipe. Yellow and orange peppers with a splash of Pinot Grigio Thumbs up. Thanks for sharing
jeffleggej5j4 4w ago

We made this for dinner tonight and it was awesome! Thanks for sharing!
bstanley03 1y ago

Loved this! Even kid friendly and that's always a plus.
melissa918 1y ago

This meal was quick and simple. It was also tasty and lovely colours. I would definitely make it again! Fabulous!
Wizard_Cook 1y ago

Almost forgot... I also substituted a Thai seasoning blend I bought at the grocery store for the chili powder. Not sure what chili powder the recipe intended, but regular chili powder certainly didn't seem right...
pols005 2y ago

This was quick, simple, and delicious!
whittinagregory 2y ago

Pretty quick and easy and yummy. I topped it with feta and it was delicious.
mgeiss 2y ago

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