Penne with Spinach and Ham

Dinner ready in 25 minutes! Enjoy pasta with spinach and ham - perfect if you love Italian cuisine.

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 25 min
  • Servings 4

2 2/3
cups uncooked whole wheat penne pasta (8 oz)
2
teaspoons olive oil
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
4
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2
cups grape tomatoes or halved cherry tomatoes
2/3
cup finely chopped cooked ham
1/2
cup dry white wine or water
4
cups fresh spinach leaves
2
tablespoons finely shredded Parmesan cheese

  • 1 Cook and drain pasta as directed on package, omitting salt.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 10-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender. Stir in tomatoes, ham and wine. Cook and stir until some of the wine has evaporated.
  • 3 Add spinach and pasta; toss gently. Sprinkle with cheese.

Expert Tips

By dicing the ham into small pieces, the flavor penetrates every bite without adding too much sodium.

At 3 carb choices, this is almost a meal in itself—just add a glass of skim milk.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
310
(
Calories from Fat
60),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
6%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
610mg
610%;
Total Carbohydrate
46g
46%
(Dietary Fiber
6g
6%
  Sugars
4g
4%
),
Protein
16g
16%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
70%;
Vitamin C
15%;
Calcium
10%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 1 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.