Spinach and Sun-dried Tomato Penne Pasta

A quick and easy penne pasta tossed in a creamy sauce packed with the flavors of sun-dried tomatoes and spinach. I can’t help but love a recipe where the sauce can be made in the same time it takes the pasta to cook! Especially on a night when you want need good food fast but don’t have time to spend in the kitchen.

The simple sauce starts with a quick saute of garlic, oil-packed, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh spinach leaves, then half & half, sour cream and pasta water is mixed in. The starchy water from cooking the pasta thins out the thick sauce and helps it coat and cling to every nook and cranny in the pasta. Chicken or shrimp would be a great addition to!

The tangy sour cream is the perfect counterpoint to the acidity of the chewy tomatoes, the richness of the half & half and the freshness of the spinach.

It’s a delicious combination that comforts and satisfies on every level.

Spinach and Sun-dried Tomato Penne Pasta

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 3 - 4 servings

Spinach and Sun-dried Tomato Penne Pasta

A quick and easy penne pasta tossed in a rich and creamy sauce packed with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach.

Ingredients:

8 ounces penne pasta
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cups fresh baby spinach leaves, stems removed
1/2 cup half & half or light heavy cream
1/2 cup sour cream (regular or light, not fat free)
1/2 - 1 cup pasta water (from cooking the penne)
Parmesan cheese, for serving

Instructions:

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions in plenty of salted water to al dente - before draining set aside 1 cup of the pasta water.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-low heat saute garlic and tomatoes in olive oil for 3-4 minutes then add spinach and cook, stirring often until spinach is wilted.
  3. In a small bowl whisk half & half, sour cream and 1/2 cup of pasta water together. Add to pan and mix well with spinach mixture.
  4. Add penne and mix well, adding more pasta water if needed to make enough sauce to coat the pasta.
  5. Serve immediately with plenty of Parmesan cheese.

Notes:

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Comments

  1. BeadedTail says

    This looks like a fabulous go to dish for a wonderful meal on short notice. I bet it's very flavorful!Smooches and hugs to Moon!

  2. Claudia says

    I do make sun-dried pesto all the time – but never with spinach or half-and-half. I love the richness of this – especially because winter will not go away and I crave comfort!

  3. Kristen says

    That pasta dish has everything I love in it. I would have a hard time sharing it with my family. I'd want to eat the leftovers all week!

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