• Jennifer Gunter

Italian Pasta with Smoky Red Spinach Sauce

Italian Pasta with Smoky Red Spinach Sauce

Who doesn't love pasta? Everyone loves a good pasta dish! If you don't like pasta, I'm not sure that we can be friends. Just kidding, we're gonna be great friends.

Pasta and vegetables go together like peanut butter and jelly. However, adding vegetables into our diet can sometimes be difficult, and we certainly know Americans don't eat enough vegetables.

Did you know that only 1/4 of Americans, about 26.3%, eat vegetables three or more times per day? Ladies, we can do better than that! Here's an easy and quick recipe to add some veggies into your diet.

It's worth mentioning that all the portions of spices here are just estimates. I'm the kind of person that just adds dashes and sprinkles here and there until it tastes good, so if you don't like a spice here or want to add more, feel free to switch it up to your liking!

Time: 20 minutes


1 block of frozen spinach, thawed

1 large onion, chopped

1 32 oz jar of marinara sauce

1 16 oz box of pasta (I chose penne rigate)

1 tablespoon salt (optional but recommended)

1 tablespoon dried oregano leaves

1 tablespoon dried basil

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon liquid smoke

A splash of red wine (optional)

4-5 tablespoons of minced garlic in olive oil

About 2 tablespoons olive oil

For topping:

Fresh basil

Parmesan cheese

Salt & black pepper to taste


1) Cook pasta according to package instructions.

2) Drain pasta well and transfer to a large bowl or container.

3) In a large frying pan, sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until garlic becomes fragrant and onion is translucent.

4) Mix in the oregano, basil, smoked paprika, liquid smoke, red wine and thawed spinach into the pan and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

5) Reduce heat to low, stir in the marinara sauce and cook for another 5 minutes.

6) When done, add the cooked mixture to the pasta and stir to coat well.

7) Season to taste with salt and pepper.

8) Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

9) Enjoy immediately.


  1. https://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20100909/americans-skimp-on-fruits-and-vegetables#1

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