Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

This is NOT a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Use gluten-free pasta in this dish.


"Never eat spinach just before going on the air."
-Dan Rather, Newsman

The refrigerator light goes on...

I love the combination of spinach and ham, and the richness of the prosciutto cooked for a time infuses the oil with its smoky flavor. The sweetness from the peppers and spinach combine with the creaminess of the goat cheese for a great bowl of pasta.


Penne with Spinach and Goat Cheese

Servings: 2 | Serving size: 2 ounces pasta with veggies

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

This recipe does not make very good leftovers.

3 quarts water
4 ounces whole wheat or gluten-free penne pasta
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 ounce prosciutto ham (sliced into strips)
2 Tbsp pine nuts
1 large shallot (sliced)
1/2 large yellow pepper (diced)
1/4 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
8 ounces fresh spinach
2 ounces goat cheese (crumbled)

Place the water in a large sauce pan over high heat. When the water boils add the penne and stir.

While the pasta is cooking place the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the prosciutto and cook for about a minute.

Add the pine nuts and shallots. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes. Add the yellow pepper, salt, and pepper and reduce the heat to medium-low.

When the penne is just done set aside 1/4 cup of the pasta water and then drain the penne and add it to the skillet. Cook for about two minutes tossing frequently. If the pasta is too dry add the reserved pasta water 1 tablespoon at a time as needed.

Add the spinach and sprinkle the goat cheese crumbles over the top. Increase the heat to medium and toss until the spinach is just wilted, then serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 2 ounces pasta with veggies

Servings: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories 499 Calories from Fat 181
% Daily Value
Total Fat 21g 32%
    Saturated Fat 6g 30%
    Monounsaturated Fat 8g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 655mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 64g 21%
    Dietary Fiber 12g 46%
    Sugars 7g
Protein 23g
Vitamin A 240% Vitamin C 381%
Calcium 21% Iron 41%
Vitamin K 568 mcg Potassium 1363 mg
Magnesium 228 mg