· 1 lb penne (or your preferred pasta variety)· 1/2 cup olive oil· 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)· 2 pints grape tomatoes· 1 teaspoon salt· 1/2 teaspoon black pepper· 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced· 1 cup white wine or chicken broth· 2 cups fresh spinach· Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)
Step 1Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat.Step 2Add oil to a large, wide pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add in the crushed red pepper flakes, tomatoes, salt, and pepper, and cook until the tomatoes begin to burst and give off their juices, about 9 to 10 minutes. Use a wooden spoon to gently press the tomatoes if they're not bursting on their own.Step 3Add in the garlic and cook for 1 minute, or until fragrant. Stir in the wine and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Finally, stir in the spinach and cook until slightly wilted.Step 4In the meantime, add the penne into the boiling water and cook for 9 to 10 minutes, or until al dente.Step 5Drain the pasta, reserving a 1/2 cup of the pasta water.Step 6Toss the pasta immediately into the pot with the sauce and stir well to combine. Add in some of the reserved cooking water, if needed. Taste and add additional salt and pepper, if needed.Step 7Remove from heat and divide among serving bowls. Top with cheese and serve at once!