Pancetta Penne with Spinach and Tomatoes

    25 minutes

    You can use bacon instead of the pancetta in this quick light meal where tomatoes, spinach and garlic are served with penne.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 500g penne pasta
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 6 slices pancetta, chopped
    • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 400g canned chopped tomatoes
    • 250g fresh spinach, torn

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
    2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add pancetta and cook until browned and crisp. Add garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes, and cook until heated through.
    3. Place the spinach into a colander, and drain the hot pasta over it so it wilts. Transfer to a large serving bowl, and toss with the remaining olive oil, and the pancetta and tomato mixture.

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    Altered ingredient amounts. VERY GOOD! Just a couple upgrades...I used 450g of bacon and almost 1kg of pasta. I put some spinach in the frypan and some in the pasta drainer to test both ways. It's good both ways. The strainer/colander spinach was just bland and wilted. The frypan spinach absorbed bacon flavour, so I recommend the frypan spinach version. (Already putting in a pound of bacon, we're not exactly watching our figure here.) I added onions and garlic to the cooked/drained bacon. And at the end I added some cream to the frypan before dumping it over the pasta. This was really good.  -  29 Sep 2008


    Something else. I made this a second time and made some changes to make it taste better. I removed my bacon and added fresh tomatoes to the 1 tbsp garlic. I boiled that down and then added a box of spinach. 2 minutes later I added the bacon back in. I turned off the heat and added 1 cup of parmesan cheese. Everyone ate it this time. This was my first review. "Tasted better the second day. Added parmesan to flavour it up."  -  29 Sep 2008


    I always follow the recipe EXACTLY the first time I make it if I am planning on doing a "review." Otherwise, how can you trust the "stars" if everyone is rating it based on changing the recipe? This was extremely yummy. Very flavourful. Easy to make. DELICIOUS! I found none of the problems that other reviewers did.  -  29 Sep 2008