Penne With Spinach, Tomatoes and Olives

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins

My favorite recipe category: few ingredients, outstanding results! Delightful, healthful, quick and easy to prepare. I strongly recommend that you use only kalamata olives in this recipe. Otherwise I used 9 ounces bagged spinach, 6 ounces pasta myself, but published the recipe as written. From a cookbook called "The Best in the World" by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. This particular recipe came from Au Bar (renamed Je Me Souviens) in Palm Beach, Florida.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in large, non-stick skillet. Add onion and saute over medium heat for 3 minutes.
  2. Add chopped tomatoes, bring to a boil and reduce heat. Cover and simmer to 20 minutes.
  3. Add sliced olives, chopped spinach and parsley. Cook an additional 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and transfer to a serving bowl. Add spinach mixture and toss gently. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Serve immediately with parmesan on the side.
  5. For Vegan do not use the parmesan cheese.
Most Helpful

This was a huge hit in my family as well. However, I added a whole pound of spinach, additional olives and a jar of sundried tomatoes with herbs because i too felt it needed a bit more sauce.

Inspiritual June 22, 2008

This was a great dish! I had to feed 5 so I used 2 cans of tomatoes and a lb of pasta (rigatoni). I didn't have parsley so I added fresh basil. I also added some red pepper flake for a kick. Absolutely a keeper!

MargoMart March 31, 2010

Great dish! I used regular olives and fresh tomatoes because that is what I had. My 12yo had two helpings and is planning to take the leftovers for lunch tomorrow! Reviewed for the Veg*n Recipe Swap.

mliss29 September 01, 2008