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Pasta with Spinach, Pancetta and Pomegranate

Pasta with Spinach, Pancetta and Pomegranate

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

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.

Pasta with Spinach, Pancetta and Pomegranate

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Pasta with Spinach, Pancetta and Pomegranate

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces (227 grams) Gluten Free Brown Rice Spaghetti, cooked and drained (or any pasta you like)
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 cup (120 g) diced Red Onion
  • 1 Garlic Clove, diced
  • 4 ounces (120 g) Pancetta, small dice
  • 6 ounces (170 grams) Baby Spinach
  • 4 ounces (115 grams) fresh Pomegranate Seeds (Arils)
  • Garlic Salt
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Black Pepper
  • Topping
  • Roasted Slivered Almonds
  • Crumbled Feta, Blue Cheese, or slivered Parmesan Cheese (your choice)
  • Chives

Method

  • Cook pasta, toss with some olive oil and set aside. Add a splash of olive oil to a large saucepan. Heat the garlic and onion over medium heat until lightly browned and the onions translucent. Stir often. Season with garlic salt, smoked paprika and black pepper. Add pancetta, cook for about 1 minute. Add baby spinach ~ one handful at a time. Let each handful wilt a bit before adding the next. Once all of the spinach is wilted toss with pasta, pomegranate seeds and some fresh thyme. Season to taste with more garlic salt, smoked paprika and black pepper if needed. Top with slivered almonds or cheese.
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62 Responses to Pasta with Spinach, Pancetta and Pomegranate

    • 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 :)

      • 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!

  1. 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!!

  2. 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!!

  3. 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 :-)

    • 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 😉

  4. […] Pasta Salad with Spinach, Pancetta, and Pomegranate – A beautiful salad once put together, and loaded with minerals and antioxidants due to the spinach, pomegranate, and almonds. It is also unique due to use of noodles in the pasta salad. This is a tasty salad to have a couple times of week due to the health benefits. To make it even better you can decrease the fat and the sodium by substituting the pancetta for turkey bacon. […]

  5. […] Pasta Salad with Spinach, Pancetta, and Pomegranate – A beautiful salad once put together, and loaded with minerals and antioxidants due to the spinach, pomegranate, and almonds. It is also unique due to use of noodles in the pasta salad. This is a tasty salad to have a couple times of week due to the health benefits. To make it even better you can decrease the fat and the sodium by substituting the pancetta for turkey bacon. […]

  6. […] Pasta Salad with Spinach, Pancetta, and Pomegranate – A beautiful salad once put together, and loaded with minerals and antioxidants due to the spinach, pomegranate, and almonds. It is also unique due to use of noodles in the pasta salad. This is a tasty salad to have a couple times of week due to the health benefits. To make it even better you can decrease the fat and the sodium by substituting the pancetta for turkey bacon. […]

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