Power Veggie One Pot Recipe

Healthy, Quick and Delicious

This fast pasta with tomato pasta sauce, baby spinach, and grated parmesan cheese requires only one pot.
This fast pasta with tomato pasta sauce, baby spinach, and grated parmesan cheese requires only one pot. | Source

Power Veggie One-Person Pasta

It is very easy to eat the foods from the lists of POWER SUPER FOODS for vitamins and antioxidants in a yummy, quick meal. Tomatoes have the reputation for being especially good in maintaining prostrate gland health. This is due to the high content of the antioxidant lycopene, which may also help protect against cancers of the lungs, colon,and skin. Of course, tomatoes also have the benefit of Vitamins C and A. Baby spinach leaves also pack in vitamins C and A. They also provide some iron and calcium and antioxidants lutein, zea-xanthin and beta-carotene. What I value in this meal is the firmness of the uncooked spinach leaves. They provide an interesting, almost crunchy, contrast with the soft, warm pasta and sauce.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 2 min
Cook time: 12 min
Ready in: 14 min
Yields: Serves one person.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dry macaroni, uncooked
  • 3/4 cup baby spinach leaves, loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup tomato pasta sauce, prepared
  • 1 Tablespoon parmesan cheese, grated

Baby Spinach Leaves

These fresh, firm baby spinach leaves seem to shout out "Healthy crisp vitamins A and C!"
These fresh, firm baby spinach leaves seem to shout out "Healthy crisp vitamins A and C!" | Source

Macaroni

Tried and true macaroni is not limited to orange cheese dishes.
Tried and true macaroni is not limited to orange cheese dishes. | Source

Instructions

  1. Gather supplies: about a 2-quart saucepan, a straining lid or colander, large spoon, 3/4 cup and 1/2 cup measuring cups and a measuring Tablespoon. One paper towel.
  2. Fill saucepan halfway with water and put on stove on high (or highest setting) to bring to a boil.
  3. While waiting for water to boil, measure pasta. Also, measure out spinach leaves and lightly rinse. Pat dry with paper towel.
  4. When water reaches a rolling boil, pour pasta into the pot. Turn heat down one level and give it a stir about every 2 minutes. If the water looks likely to boil over the top of the saucepan, stir and turn the heat down another level. Total cooking time for the pasta should be about 8 minutes or whatever the pasta package directs.
  5. While the macaroni is cooking, pour the prepared pasta sauce into the 1/2 cup measure.
  6. [Optional: If you are in a hurry, you can warm up the sauce to a lukewarm level in a microwave oven while you wait for the pasta to finish cooking. Warning: do not heat the sauce on high in the microwave because it will probably boil and splatter.]
  7. As soon as the macaroni is done cooking, turn off the heat and strain the pasta in a colander OR pour the water out of the pan using the lid to retain the noodles. Then return the pasta to the saucepan. Add the sauce and stir thoroughly. Heat on the stove over medium heat for 1 minute.
  8. Remove from heat. Gently stir in the baby spinach leaves. Either stir in the grated parmesan cheese or sprinkle the cheese on top of the dish on your plate.
  9. Mangia!

Sauce

This is store brand pasta sauce with cheeses included.
This is store brand pasta sauce with cheeses included. | Source

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: Entire pot
Calories 325
Calories from Fat54
% Daily Value *
Fat 6 g9%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Carbohydrates 55 g18%
Sugar 10 g
Fiber 5 g20%
Protein 13 g26%
Cholesterol 5 mg2%
Sodium 728 mg30%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

More Nutrition Data

Percent of Recommended Daily Value

Vitamin A 155%

Vitamin C 35%

Calcium 15%

Iron 26%



Not bad!

A one-pot meal.
A one-pot meal. | Source

Benefits Galore

Power Veggie One-Person Pasta is fast, it makes me feel like I am eating healthily, and there is only one saucepan to wash. It is a winner at my home.

Photos and text copyright 2014 Maren E. Morgan.

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kerlund74 2 years ago from Sweden

Sounds delicious and helthy:)


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Maren Morgan M-T 2 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Give it a try. :)


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I love meals that are nutritious and tasty but also quick and simple to make. This recipe sounds like it meets all these requirements! Thanks for sharing.


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Maren Morgan M-T 2 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Thank you, AliciaC! A nice feature, I think, is that you can do prep measuring while the pasta is cooking.


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Susan Recipes 2 years ago from India

Wow... This looks so delicious. Voted up.


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Maren Morgan M-T 2 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Susan Recipes, thank you. Also, very easy to make.

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