Pasta with Spinach, Pancetta and Pomegranate

Marla Meridith

January 9, 2013



Are you looking for a comfort food kinda meal that is really healthy too? Awesome! Then my Pasta with Spinach, Pancetta and Pomegranate has your name written all over it.

Smoky Pancetta, sweet pomegranates and a good daily dose of leafy green spinach ~ all in one happy pasta dish.

 

Pasta with Pancetta, Spinach and Pomegranate | Recipe on MarlaMeridith.com

 

Aren’t pomegranates so beautiful?! The ruby red arils tucked inside the creamy white pith, all cased in a magenta shell. Such a unique fruit.

The sweet / astringent flavor as the seeds burst in your mouth. A treat, a sensory delight!

 

Pasta with Pancetta, Spinach and Pomegranate | Recipe on MarlaMeridith.com

Pasta with Pancetta, Spinach and Pomegranate | Recipe on MarlaMeridith.com

 

I used gluten free pasta in this recipe. You can choose your favorite pasta.

 

Pasta with Pancetta, Spinach and Pomegranate | Recipe on MarlaMeridith.com

 

Do you ever cook with Pancetta? It’s an Italian bacon that adds so much flavor to dishes like this.

Pancetta is a salt cured pork belly meat ~ a little goes a long way which is nice.

Pasta with Pancetta, Spinach and Pomegranate | Recipe on MarlaMeridith.com

 

I topped it with some roasted slivered almonds. For me a handful of nuts goes on just about everything.

You can also use some slivered parmesan, blue cheese, gorgonzola ~ anything you like! Enjoy.

 

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  • leslie
    Posted at 05:12h, 09 January

    Mmm.lovely Marla. Love all the flavors!
    Hope you survived the move!

    • Marla
      Posted at 03:35h, 10 January

      Leslie, the move went very smoothly! Thank goodness 😉

  • Rosa
    Posted at 05:28h, 09 January

    A beautiful pasta dish! That combination is just awesome. You’ve just made me hungry…

    Cheers,

    Rosa

    • Marla
      Posted at 03:39h, 10 January

      Thanks Rosa ~ I could certainly see you enjoying these flavors 🙂

  • Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit
    Posted at 05:43h, 09 January

    I wish I had the patience for pomegranates. I ate my fair share of them when I was in India last year… so much juice… such a huge mess. Loving the bright colors and bold flavors of this recipe. So great!

    • Marla
      Posted at 03:41h, 10 January

      Ha! Leanne you make me snicker. Yes, poms can be messy ~ however well worth the mess! Have you tried taking out the seeds in a water bath? The mess is waaaayyyy less! I would love to eat poms in India by the way. Lucky you 🙂

      • Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit
        Posted at 18:57h, 10 January

        I’ve totally watched a video on how to do the whole ‘water in a bowl thing’ with the pomegranates but I NEVER remember to do it in the heat of the moment. I bought one tonight when we went shopping and planning to have it tomorrow morning. I put a sticky note on it to remind myself. We’ll see how it goes.

        And yes, India pom eating was an activity I’ll never forget!

        • Marla
          Posted at 02:17h, 11 January

          Nice….a sticky note on your pom 🙂

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective
    Posted at 05:44h, 09 January

    So hearty and flavorful! I could eat this every week. 🙂

  • Julie @ Table for Two
    Posted at 05:45h, 09 January

    The colors of this salad are so pretty!! I love the bright pops of color. Sounds and looks so lovely!

    • Marla
      Posted at 03:44h, 10 January

      Julie, I love how much color & flavor poms add to recipes too!

  • Julie @ Table for Two
    Posted at 05:48h, 09 January

    Gah! So sorry! I meant PASTA! I had salad in my head cause that’s what I was thinking of for lunch today!!

    • Marla
      Posted at 04:04h, 10 January

      It could be a salad Julie ~ tastes great chilled and would pack up perfect for a picnic!

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks
    Posted at 05:52h, 09 January

    This is like, ALL of my dreams coming true at once.

    • Marla
      Posted at 03:49h, 10 January

      Ha! Love it Bev!

  • Gerry @ Foodness Gracious
    Posted at 06:01h, 09 January

    Pancetta is so flavorful, looks way tasty!!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 06:18h, 09 January

    Stunning Marla!! You are so talented. And it looks SO delicious!!

  • Maria
    Posted at 06:36h, 09 January

    I posted a POM recipe today too! Love them! Great dish!

    • Marla
      Posted at 04:03h, 10 January

      Your salad looks great today Maria!

  • scrappinJudy
    Posted at 06:41h, 09 January

    did you forget to add the pomegranate arils?

    • Marla
      Posted at 04:19h, 10 January

      Added! Thanks for noticing 🙂

  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today
    Posted at 06:45h, 09 January

    It is colorful and healthy. Perfect for lunch.

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet
    Posted at 07:00h, 09 January

    This dish is so gorgeous! Late last year I got to bake with pomegranate for the first time and I love it! It’s wonderful to see an array of savory dishes I could use it in too, like this pasta. And I know my kiddos will love it! PS: I am totally swooning over your adorable bowl!!

    • Marla
      Posted at 04:20h, 10 January

      Anna, I also love poms in sweets and savories.

  • Amy
    Posted at 07:19h, 09 January

    Why are there no pomegranate seeds in the actual recipe? Do they go on at the end with the toppings?

    • Marla
      Posted at 07:49h, 09 January

      Thanks for playing editor Amy! I’ll add them now. Just toss them in at the end and top the dish with some too 🙂

  • HeatherChristo
    Posted at 07:24h, 09 January

    Looks delicious Marla! And a totally unique flavor combo!

  • Antonia @ Health Inspirations
    Posted at 07:41h, 09 January

    I used pancetta in a pasta dish last week {which wasn’t quite as healthy as yours 😉 } and it totally blew everyone’s socks off. I don’t think I’ve used it in many dishes but that is certainly going to change! I love how you’ve added pomegranate to the pasta, such a beautiful looking plate!!

    • Marla
      Posted at 04:21h, 10 January

      Antonia ~ isn’t pancetta the best??

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Posted at 08:52h, 09 January

    Such a pretty pasta dish, I love these flavors!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    Posted at 09:29h, 09 January

    I just love the bright re pom arils against the white noodles with the green…it just looks so healthy and you are the pom aril queen, always working them into your gorgeous posts! 🙂

  • Ashley - baker by nature
    Posted at 09:35h, 09 January

    I love everything about this post! The pasta…the pancetta…the pomegranate! Total Beaty overload.

  • Lisa
    Posted at 09:38h, 09 January

    Sounds delicious (even without the onion & garlic, to which I am very allergic)! Will have to try this soon.

  • Carla @ Carlas Confections
    Posted at 09:49h, 09 January

    This is seriously an amazing combo! I absolutely love pancetta, and pomagranates really are so beautiful and add that perfect pop of color and flavor. Then the almonds on top? Holy cow, so yummmm!!!

  • Eat Good 4 Life
    Posted at 10:10h, 09 January

    Oh wow, loving this recipe, however I don’t know if I would have the patience with the pomegranate. I would probably eat it as I go 🙂 I am sure they add some crunch and nice fresh juicy taste to the pasta. Congrants on your move. I am jealous, what a beautiful place. I am sure you will be inspired, more than ever, to come up with beautiful food 🙂

  • naomi
    Posted at 10:11h, 09 January

    Loving the burst of flavor from the pomegranate!

  • Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies
    Posted at 10:22h, 09 January

    I just adore pomegranates, especially in a savory dish like this. So perfect!

  • Gaby
    Posted at 11:40h, 09 January

    LOVE any pasta with pancetta – but add Poms? Omg yes please!!

  • Donna
    Posted at 14:27h, 09 January

    This has got to be the most colorful and beeeeoooootiful pasta dish I have ever seen. Yum.

  • kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts
    Posted at 14:42h, 09 January

    How quick and simple yet elegant this recipe sounds.

    Thanks!

    • Marla
      Posted at 16:49h, 09 January

      Thanks Kirsten ~ I love comfort with a splash of elegance too 🙂

  • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers
    Posted at 16:15h, 09 January

    I love the change up to pasta! What a great dish!!!

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites
    Posted at 16:46h, 09 January

    What Gaby said. 😉

    I haven’t tried brown rice pasta…is it very starchy? Definitely an amazing GF alternative.

    • Marla
      Posted at 03:34h, 10 January

      Aimee, the brown rice pasta has a nice texture. I don’t like to eat too much of something like that though ~ can get kinda heavy if you do. I am a “heavier on the toppings” kinda gal 😉

  • Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife
    Posted at 19:50h, 09 January

    What a fabulous and delicious salad!

  • Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen
    Posted at 21:16h, 09 January

    This looks totally amazing! Such gorgeous colors and flavors.

  • Minnie(@thelady8home)
    Posted at 05:18h, 10 January

    Fabulous!!!! It looks so refreshing. 😀

  • DessertForTwo
    Posted at 18:47h, 10 January

    I’ve been looking for pasta recipes with lots of leafy greens, so this fits the bill. Plus, poms are delicious! Thanks for sharing this great recipe 🙂

    • Marla
      Posted at 02:18h, 11 January

      Glad I could give you guys such a tasty, satisfying and healthy pasta dish. Enjoy!

  • Kevin (Closet Cooking)
    Posted at 06:25h, 11 January

    Now that is a tasty sounding pasta! I really like the use of the pomegranate in it!

  • Isra {TheFrugalette}
    Posted at 08:02h, 11 January

    I never thought to add pomegranate and we love it! Do you recommend any substitute for pancetta? We don’t eat pork.

    • Marla
      Posted at 09:04h, 11 January

      Isra, how about some diced smoked turkey or chicken?

  • Chocolate Shavings
    Posted at 08:17h, 11 January

    Pomegranate makes dishes look so festive – love the look of this pasta!

  • Debbie @ healthy eating plan
    Posted at 08:48h, 11 January

    I love this one because I love pasta. I could add this to my healthy eating plan for my diet tips :). Thank you for sharing this healthy food. Hope you can visit mine too 🙂

    More power &
    GOD BLESS

  • katie
    Posted at 06:16h, 21 January

    Oh man… this looks fab! I would never think to pair pancetta and pomegranate together!

  • Meghan
    Posted at 18:18h, 22 January

    This is a gorgeous dish, Marla! I love everything going on here! 🙂

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