Spinach, Peppers, and Cherry Tomatoes with Penne Rigate

Serves 4
30 minutes or fewer

Fresh cherry tomatoes and spinach add bright color, flavor, and body to this Mediterranean-style dish.

2 ½ cups penne rigate pasta (6 oz.)

1 Tbs. olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)

1 12-oz. jar roasted red peppers, rinsed, drained, patted dry, and sliced

10 oz. cherry tomatoes, halved (2 cups)

4 cups packed baby spinach leaves (8 oz.)

¼ cup chopped pitted kalamata olives

1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh oregano

1 ½ tsp. grated lemon zest

¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain, and reserve 1/2 cup pasta-cooking water.
2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, and cook 1 minute, stirring frequently, or until lightly browned.
3. Increase heat to high. Add roasted peppers, and cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
4. Add tomatoes, spinach, olives, oregano, lemon zest, and pepper. Cook 4 to 6 minutes, or until tomatoes soften and spinach wilts, stirring frequently. Add pasta and reserved pasta-cooking water; cover, and cook 3 minutes more, or until heated through.

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