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penne pasta summer salad

Penne Pasta with Favorites

Treat yourself to penne pasta with a few of my favorite things – spinach, tomatoes, olives and cheese.
Course Pasta
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 1
Author Donya | asouthernsoul.com


  • 3/4 cup whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes - halved
  • 1/3 cup olives - halved
  • 1 Tablespoon sliced Vidalia onion
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese


  • Cook pasta in salty water according to package directions, about 11 minutes or al dente.
  • While pasta is cooking, slice tomatoes, olives and onion, set aside.
  • Wash spinach and trim any stems.
  • When pasta is almost finished cooking, add spinach to the pot. Cook for 1 minute. This will wilt the spinach just enough to be tender.
  • Drain pasta and spinach.
  • Add tomatoes, olives and onion. Toss gently.
  • Drizzle on olive oil, about 2 Tablespoons.
  • Squeeze juice of 1/2 lemon.
  • Season with salt and lots of fresh cracked pepper.
  • Top with shaved Parmesan cheese.