Lemon Penne Pasta with Mushrooms and Spinach

Lemon Penne Pasta with Mushrooms and Spinach

Just 30 minutes is all you need to get this delicious and healthy lemon penne pasta dish on your dinner table! 
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We all know my love for Italian food runs deep. I mean REAL deep. I could eat it pretty much every single day and not get tired of it. There are so many different dishes to make, so many pastas to create with, there is no way I could get bored. Red sauces, white sauces, butter sauces, OH MY! I could go on and on, but I'll spare you my crazy food babble. I sometimes get carried away!

Speaking of pasta, did you know that October is National Pasta Month? 31 days of deliciousness is what I call it! In conjunction with this holiday, Dreamfields Pasta is hosting #HealthyPastaMonth. All month long they’re featuring bloggers’ recipes focused on a different theme. This week's theme is “Veggielicious," and I'm so excited that they are kicking the week off with MY recipe!

Lemon Penne Pasta with Mushrooms and Spinach | The Chef Next Door

This Lemon Penne Pasta with Mushrooms and Spinach is super simple, super light, and quick to make. It's a fabulous weeknight meal, perfect on its own or served with a side salad and bread. Just a handful of fresh ingredients plus Dreamfields Penne Pasta, and you're on your way to a #veggielicious dinner in less than 30 minutes!

I fell in love with Dreamfields Pasta the very first time I tried it, and I've been serving it to my family ever since. Made using durum wheat grown by over 1,000 American farmers, it is authentic pasta with 5 grams of dietary fiber and 7 grams of protein per serving. And the best part is, it tastes great! 

I love the combination of spinach and mushrooms in this dish, but you can definitely swap out for different veggies if you like. The lemon and Parmesan "sauce" is perfect, keeping it really light and fresh, but hearty.

Now I've got a surprise for you. Dreamfields pasta is giving away a fantastic family pack of Dreamfields Pasta, plus a $25.00 gift card, to one of my readers! How cool is that? Enter using the giveaway tool below for you chance to win! The giveaway ends on November 1st.

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Lemon Penne Pasta with Mushrooms and Spinach | The Chef Next Door

Now, are you ready to make some pasta? I know I am!

Lemon Penne Pasta with Mushrooms and Spinach
Author: Sarah Bates | The Chef Next Door
Makes 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes

1 box Dreamfields Penne Rigate
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups thinly sliced fresh mini Portobello mushrooms
2 cloves garlic, grated
1 package (5 ounces) fresh baby spinach
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Juice of half a medium lemon (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Crushed red pepper flakes

Cook pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium heat until hot. Add mushrooms and garlic; cook 5 minutes or until mushrooms are almost tender, stirring frequently. Stir in spinach, basil and black pepper; cook 3 to 5 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Stir in lemon juice. Remove from heat.

Add pasta to skillet; toss gently to combine. Add Parmesan; toss. Season with pepper flakes, as desired.

Bon App├ętit! 

Nutrition information (1/6 of recipe): 300 calories; 12 g protein; 48 g carbohydrates; 8 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 7 mg cholesterol; 160 mg sodium; 6 g total dietary fiber.

Lemon Penne Pasta with Mushrooms and Spinach | The Chef Next Door

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Dreamfields. I was compensated for my time, however, all opinions, as always, are my own.

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