Creamy Spinach Penne

Number of Servings: 6 (223 g)
Active Time: 20 min.
Total Time: 20 min.
Creamy Spinach Penne

Low-fat cottage cheese provides the foundation of a creamy pasta sauce that won’t break the caloric bank. Roasted red peppers, whether jarred or home-made, bring wonderful flavor and a heap of vegetable. Mix up the options by adding in chopped tomatoes, chopped chicken breast, or a can of white beans.


  • 12 oz. spinach, washed
  • 12 oz. penne pasta
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1 (12 oz.) jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add spinach and cook briefly to blanch (30 seconds). Drain spinach and run under cold water to cool quickly.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  3. While pasta cooks, puree together spinach, garlic, cottage cheese, milk in a food processor or blender until smooth. Stir in Parmesan cheese, basil, salt, and pepper.
  4. Toss warm pasta with sauce and red peppers to serve.

Nutrition Facts

6 servings per container

Serving Size 223 g

Amount per serving
Calories 290
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.5g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.5g
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 680mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 7g
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Sugar Alcohol 0g
Other Carbohydrate 40g
Protein 15g
Vitamin D 0.1mcg 0%
Calcium 136mg 10%
Iron 3.6mg 20%
Potassium 505mg 10%
Vitamin A 285.1mcg 30%
Vitamin C 16.1mg 20%
Vitamin E 1.3mg 8%
Vitamin K 276.1mcg 230%
Thiamin 0.6mg 45%
Riboflavin 0.4mg 35%
Niacin 7.7mg 50%
Vitamin B6 0.2mg 15%
Folate 337.3mcg 84%
Vitamin B12 0.3mcg 15%
Biotin 2.4mcg 8%
Chloride 333.6mg 15%
Pantothenate 0.4mg 8%
Phosphorus 217.9mg 15%
Iodine 12.9mcg 8%
Magnesium 80.1mg 20%
Zinc 1.4mg 15%
Selenium 41.3mcg 80%
Copper 0.3mg 30%
Manganese 1.1mg 45%
Chromium 0mcg 0%
Molybdenum 4.9mcg 10%

* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


Spinach, Penne (semolina (wheat), Durum Flour (wheat), Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate (iron), Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Roasted Red Peppers (roasted Red Bell Peppers, Water, Salt, Sugar, Citric Acid, And Calcium Chloride (firming Agent)), Lowfat Cottage Cheese (cultured Pasteurized Grade A Skim Milk, Milk, Nonfat Milk, Contains Less Than 2% Of Each Of The Following: Whey, Salt, Maltodextrin, Guar Gum, Citric Acid, Carrageenan, Mono And Diglycerides, Locust Bean Gum, Potassium Sorbate And Carbon Dioxide (to Protect Freshness), Natural And Artificial Flavor, Vitamin A Palmitate, Enzyme), Skim Milk, Parmesan Cheese ((pasteurized Part-skim Cow's Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Cellulose Powder Added To Prevent Caking, Potassium Sorbate To Protect Flavor), Garlic, Salt, Basil, Black Pepper.

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