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6 servings
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Meal Type:
Main Dishes
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Spinach Penne Fresca

A low calorie easy dish that's both light and satisfying. A great option for lunch.



  1. First start by filling a pot with water and bringing it up to a boil on the stove. Once it has come to a boil, add whole wheat pasta.
  2. After about ten minutes of cooking, the pasta should be done. drain pasta and put pot back on the stove.
  3. While the pasta is on the stove. Measure out parmesan cheese and spinach.
  4. After draining pasta, put it back into the pot and add the cup of lemon juice.
  5. Add spinach and parmesan cheese. Put the lid of the pot on and let it sit for a couple minutes. Then pull the lid off. The spinach should be fully wilted and the cheese melted.
  6. Next add seasonings. I used crushed red pepper flakes, fresh cracked black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and dried Italian herbs.
  7. After adding your seasonings, the dish is complete. Plate and enjoy!
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The cup of lemon juice is entirely way too much and over powering.
05 Oct 12 by member: Melaniecvn65


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Nutrition summary:

There are 267 calories in 1 serving of Spinach Penne Fresca.
Calorie break-down: 15% fat, 67% carbs, 18% protein.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 42
Calories 267
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 4.62g 7%
  Saturated Fat 0.019g 0%
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.55g  
  Monounsaturated Fat 1.003g  
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 294mg 12%
Potassium 428mg  
Total Carbohydrate 45.6g 15%
  Dietary Fiber 5.8g 23%
  Sugars 3.1g  
Protein 12.01g  
Vitamin A 339% Vitamin C 271%
Calcium 80% Iron 87%
of RDI*
(267 calories)
13% of RDI
Calorie Breakdown:
Carbohydrate (67%)
Fat (15%)
Protein (18%)
* Based on a RDI of 2000 calories