Creamy Spinach Penne

Eat your greens with a twist! Creamy spinach cheese sauce on whole wheat penne pasta topped with crispy bacon. Use only one medium pot to prepare the entire meal!

 

 

Creamy Spinach Penne

Yield: 4 Servings

Creamy Spinach Penne

Ingredients

  • 3 cup whole wheat penne pasta, uncooked
  • 3 slices turkey bacon
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • 4 oz. fat free cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup carb-smart milk
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 fresh basil leaf chopped OR 1 tsp dry
  • 1/4 tsp Morton light salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook bacon in bottom of medium pot on medium -high until brown and crisp. Remove bacon from pot and set aside. Cut into small pieces when cool.
  2. Sauteed yellow pepper in bottom of the same pot for 3 minutes. Remove from pot and set aside. Wipe out pot with a paper towel.
  3. Fill pot 1/2 full with water and boil spinach leaves for 1 minute. Use a slotted spoon to remove and put into blender. Add milk and cream cheese to blender and mix. Add parmesan cheese, garlic, basil, salt, and pepper and mix.
  4. Bring same water to boil. Boil penne pasta for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain water.
  5. Add spinach mixture and yellow peppers to pasta and mix lightly. Serve pasta and top with bacon.

Nutritional Facts:

263.5 cal; 2.6 g fat; 49.5 g carb; 7.1 g fiber; 14.1 g protein

http://www.mddietclinic.com/spinach-penne/

 

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