You know how sometimes you’re so tired you don’t feel like thinking about what’s for dinner? And maybe you haven’t gone to the grocery store in awhile, so you’re digging around your pantry trying to figure out what to make? And you’re hangry so you need something FAST?
This meal is perfect for times like that. Five-ingredient meals are wonderful to have in your recipe arsenal, especially ones like this, where the five ingredients are items you tend to keep on hand. (These are items I usually have on hand, at least.) Plus, it comes together in the time it takes to boil water and cook the pasta!
All you need to make this is a box of whole grain penne, a can or two of tomatoes, a jar of your favorite marinated artichokes, a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, and a couple of handfuls of fresh spinach. I like the Italian diced tomatoes with garlic, basil, and oregano for this since they have extra flavor, but any can of tomatoes will do in a pinch!
Even though this pasta is extremely easy and only has five ingredients, it seriously has a ton of flavor. This could technically even be a four-ingredient meal if you don’t have any spinach on hand. The sauce is great with just the tomatoes and artichokes!
5-Ingredient Tomato and Artichoke Penne
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This simple and delicious five-ingredient dish is made with pantry ingredients and comes together in the time it takes to boil water and cook the pasta!
- 1 lb. whole grain penne pasta
- 2 14.5 oz. cans Italian-style diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano
- 1 jar of marinated artichokes (I used Trader Joe's Marinated Grilled Artichoke Halves, which are awesome)
- Parmesan cheese
- a couple of handfuls of fresh spinach
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Bring a pot of water to a boil, salt it generously, and cook the penne according to package directions.
- Drain the excess oil off of the marinated artichokes and give them a rough chop.
- Add the artichokes and tomatoes to a small saucepan and simmer together while the pasta cooks. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- When the pasta has a few minutes left to cook, start wilting the fresh spinach in with the tomatoes and artichokes.
- Drain the pasta about a minute before it's al dente since it will continue to cook when you toss it with the sauce. Before you drain the pasta, take a mug with a handle, dip it into the water, and reserve about a half a cup of the starchy cooking water.
- Toss all of the pasta with all of the sauce and add some reserved starchy cooking water. (The cooking water helps the sauce stick to the pasta!)
- Add as much Parmesan cheese as you want and continue to toss the pasta for a minute or so.
- To serve, top with more Parmesan cheese!
Feel free to substitute whatever tomatoes and whatever size jar of artichokes you have on hand!