Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Recipe Revisit: Mediterranean Penne with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

As the weather continues to get warmer (and then colder....and then warmer), it prompts me to go through my recipes and find ones that feel more suitable for the warmer temps. This one is a revisit, one I posted a while back, but is still a good one! MG and I made this one again last week and it was super delicious!
Mediterranean Penne with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Shrimp!

This dish is SO good, and makes about 5-6 servings. It's flavorful, healthy and just all around YUM!
The original recipe did not have shrimp in it, so if you don't like/want shrimp, just take out that step!
What You Need:
-1 lb. shrimp (no tail, deveined), fresh or frozen (just make sure it's thawed)
-1 box whole wheat penne
-1 cup feta cheese
-2 tsp. minced garlic, divided (mine was from the jar)
-3/4 C. sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil, chopped
-1/2 C. pine nuts
-about 3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
-2 Cups baby spinach
-1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
-1/2 tsp black pepper
-salt to taste, if desired (I omitted this)

What You Do:
1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions in a large pot. Drain and return to pot.
2. While the pasta is cooking, add 1 Tbsp. olive oil to a frying pan along with 1 tsp minced garlic. Let it heat up over low-medium heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add in the shrimp and cook through. Set aside and keep warm.
3. Using the same pan, add another 1 Tbsp. olive oil to the pan, and another 1 tsp. minced garlic. Let it heat up, and add in the chopped sun-dried tomatoes and the oil from the jar, the black pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.
Continue to saute for about 5 minutes, until the tomatoes soften.
*I've since began buying the julienne-cut sun dried tomatoes which work out much better*

4. Add the shrimp back into the frying pan and mix. Cook another minute or so.
5. Add the contents of the frying pan to your cooked and drained noodles in the pot. Turn the heat onto low.
Add the remaining tablespoon of oil, toss to coat, and heat for another minute or two. Add in the pine nuts, and baby spinach, and mix. Turn off the heat, cover the pot with a lid, and let the spinach wilt a bit, about 2 minutes.
6. Add the feta cheese on top, and mix.
7. Serve it up and enjoy!
I promise, you're going to love this dish! 

41 comments:

  1. I love everything in this recipe so I will be making it!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. Brian would love this! Pasta + sun-dried tomatoes is such a good combo!

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  3. This looks so flavorful and pretty too!! Putting these ingredients on my list! ;-) Thank you!!

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  4. yum! i love me some shrimp and i love the addition of some greens!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  5. Anything with sun dried tomatoes is an automatic hit in my book. Looks so yum!

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  6. I am all about anything with sun dried tomatoes in it. this sounds so good, thanks for sharing!
    Xoxo,
    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  7. Swap out the shrimp for chicken and I'm sold! :) This sounds so yummy and you never steer me wrong! In fact, I'm making your baked queso tacos for dinner tonight! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  8. Looking for some new and exciting pasta dishes. Especially with the warmer weather coming. Great recipe. Glad to see you back on Tuesday Talk this week.

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  9. Love that this can be made with all pantry/freezer staples (except for the spinach but I'm thinking I could swap frozen in). Perfect for days when I haven't planned or been to the grocery store!!

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  10. Yum, this sounds so good! I'll definitely be giving it a try!

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  11. This sounds amazing! I may have to try it.

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  12. That looks so yummy! I always forget about adding spinach to my pasta dishes like this! Thanks for the reminder.

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  13. Ooooh my goodness, I LOVE all of these flavors and actually made a variation very similar to this but with "zoodles" the other day - also delish!!!

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  14. Oh my gosh my mouth is watering! This looks so easy and delicious, will definitely have to whip this up.

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  15. This looks sooo good! I'm super plain when it comes to pasta, but all of the flavors in this sound amazing and I love that it's a lighter pasta dish!

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  16. Mmm, any recipe with a bunch of Feta cheese on top is a good one to me! This looks delicious!

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  17. I love a light meal like this - sounds so good!

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  18. I love anything Mediterranean, I will have to try this!

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  19. Omg yummmm! This looks so delicious and healthy. I've tried a few Mediterranean dishes. I can't wait to add this one to the list!

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  20. Holy deliciousness! I'll have to swap out the shrimp for some chicken, but this looks amazing <3
    Green Fashionista

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  21. This is going on the menu soon!

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  22. I know, the weather is like "grill out! No, cozy soup. Fresh salad! No, warm and comforting..." ugh. this looks delicious!!!

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  23. This looks great! I don;t do shrimp but will try to recreate with chicken!

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  24. ok YUM!!! I would sub the shrimp with chicken (because pregnant) haha but once baby is out, shrimp it is! That sounds/looks so yummy! And pasta is like one thing I have either been LOVING or hating. Mostly loving tho :) I'm excited to try this!!

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  25. This looks delicious! I try to keep our freezer stocked with good, frozen shrimp for quick week night meals!

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  26. I wish I liked seafood, but I do not. :o( However, I might have to try this and swap the shrimp for chicken because the rest of the recipe sounds divine!

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  27. Well, I'm glad that you re-shared this recipe because I definitely need to make it in the near future - it looks so good!

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  28. So pretty and healthy, too. Love the Mediterranean spin on pasta!

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  29. This looks so good! I want to make a gluten free version!

    xo, Kristina

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  30. Well this just sounds amazing! I bet the sun dried tomatoes it a really nice flavor. Yumm!

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  31. This looks so good! I love hearty pasta dishes, especially when they don't require too many pots and dishes :)

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  32. This looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing.

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  33. I'm a sucker for dishes served with feta. Consider this pinned. =)

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  34. I love all your sep-by-step photos! Thats a huge help when making a new recipe and this one looks so delicious!
    Evelina @ Fortunate House

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  35. This looks so good! Adding this to my list of recipes to try :)

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  36. honestly, you had me at pasta. yum. everything looks delicious and i love the step by step photos.. i agree with evelina, they are so helpful when trying something new!

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