Quick Beefy Pasta with Spinach

Makes 6 servings (about 1 cups)


  • 12 oz. uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 (24-oz.) can pasta sauce
  • 1 (5-oz.) package fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


Note: This crowd-pleasing pasta recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes for a busy weeknight dinner. Choose lean ground beef, if desired, to reduce the fat and calories.



    1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
    2. Meanwhile, cook ground beef, onion, bell pepper, Italian seasoning and garlic in a Dutch oven or large, deep skillet over medium-high heat until beef is browned, about 6 minutes, stirring to crumble. Drain, if necessary. 
    3. Stir in pasta sauce. Bring to a simmer. Stir in spinach, and cook 1 minute longer or just until spinach wilts.
    4. Stir in pasta. Sprinkle with cheese, and stir gently until cheese melts.


*Recipe prepared by registered dietitians from St. Vincent’s Health System.


Nutrition [Per Serving]: 

470 calories; 13 g total fat; 5 g saturated fat; 29 g protein; 56 g carbohydrate;

3 g fiber; 700 mg sodium