Spaghetti with Sun Dried Tomatoes & Spinach

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Today is National Spaghetti Day and we are celebrating with a healthy spaghetti recipe, Whole Grain Spaghetti with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Spinach. This is one of our go-to pasta dishes. It is perfect for weeknight meals because it is quick, easy, and nutritious.

We also love making this spaghetti recipe when we entertain because it stress-free and everyone loves it. We always get asked for the recipe…so here you go! You all need to add this Spaghetti with Sun Dried Tomatoes & Spinach to your dinner rotation.

We used Barilla Whole Grain Spaghetti to make this recipe. Barilla Whole Grain is all-natural and excellent source of fiber, delivering three times the fiber of regular pasta. There are 6 grams of fiber per serving. If you are looking for an easy way to eat more whole grains this year, simply switch to eating whole grain pasta. It is just as easy to make and tastes great.

I actually like whole grain pasta better than white pasta. It has a slight nutty flavor that I love. Josh and Caleb love it too! Caleb loves playing in it, but he eventually eats it and enjoys it:)

We keep several boxes Barilla Whole Grain pasta in our pantry so we can always make a quick and healthy meal.

For this spaghetti dish, I tossed in sun dried tomatoes, spinach, balsamic vinegar, toasted garlic, and feta cheese. All of the ingredients are flavor power houses and come together to create an amazing meal…with very little work involved. The Barilla Whole Grain Spaghetti only takes about 7 minutes to boil and the other ingredients are easy to prepare as well. You can have a delicious and healthy meal on the table in under 30 minutes. Plus, the spaghetti is pretty! You can’t go wrong with a pretty pasta dish:)

If you are trying to eat healthier in 2013, make this Whole Grain Spaghetti with Sun Dried Tomatoes & Spinach. You might want to stock up on Barilla Whole Grain Spaghetti, because I guarantee you will want to make this spaghetti recipe over and over again!

Spaghetti with Sun Dried Tomatoes & Spinach

This quick and healthy spaghetti dish is one of our favorite weeknight meals.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Total Time
25 minutes


  • 1 13.25 oz box Whole Grain Barilla Spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 head garlic cloves peeled and thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes packed in oil
  • 5 cups washed spinach leaves
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Cook spaghetti in a pot of boiling salted water until al dente, about 7 minutes. Reserve 1 cup pasta cooking water and drain pasta.
  2. Heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat until it shimmers, then cook garlic, stirring, until golden, about 3 minutes. Transfer garlic with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain.
  3. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil from the sun dried tomatoes. Add sun dried tomatoes, spinach, and balsamic vinegar. Cook over medium-high heat until spinach is wilted, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Toss spaghetti with the sun dried tomatoes and spinach. Stir in the 1/2 cup pasta water. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle spaghetti with feta cheese and toasted garlic chips. Serve warm.

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Disclosure: We partnered with Barilla for National Spaghetti Day, but all of our opinions are our own. This giveaway is being provided by Barilla.Β 

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. What is your favorite healthy spaghetti recipe?
    I love using whole wheat pasta in my Pad Thai, because I don’t like messing with rice noodles. Anything with a nice peanut sauce is deeelicious!

  2. What a great dish! I’m all about healthy pasta mixes!! My favorite is whole wheat pasta with lots of fresh veggies (I’ll use whatever is on hand but spinach, peas, and yellow summer squash are my favorite add ins) with a light olive oil and lemon juice sauce. mmm. Kay eats whole wheat pasta almost daily!

  3. I like spaghetti with my parents’ homemade tomato sauce. Top it with some parmesan…perfect, light, and healthy.

  4. My favorite pasta dish is Chinese spaghetti and meatballs. Meatballs are made with ground turkey and Chinese five spice. Whole wheat spaghetti, spinach, snow peas, peppers, sesame oil!

  5. I love spaghetti squash tossed with a little butter, evoo, fresh basil, and garlic. I know it’s not spaghetti, but it is delicious!

  6. My favorite Spaghetti recipe is one I came up with myself. It’s not one that I have written down, it’s one of those, a little of this & a little of that……….
    I follow you on pinterest, e-mail and facebook.
    The Spaghetti recipe in this post looks really good. I plan on trying it soon. Thanks

  7. I’m very simple with my spaghetti – just toss with butter (you decide how much) & garlic salt, then top with parm cheese. To make it healthier add chopped tomatoes & broccoli. Thx for an awesome giveaway!!!

  8. Unfortunately, I cook the spaghetti and just add a jar of pasta sauce! Will definitely have to try your recipe! Would love to try this pasta in your giveaway!! Need an apron, too.

  9. We love our summer pasta salad with fresh tomatoes, green onions, fresh basil and feta in olive oil and balsamic. Simple and good warm or cold.

  10. Whole wheat pasta with a quick sauce of fresh tomatoes sautΓ©ed in olive oil with garlic, then top with fresh basil and black pepper and a few shaves of parm.

  11. around here we love spaghetti and meatballs. turkey meatballs and whole grain pasta. πŸ˜‰

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  12. It’s not necessarily a recipe but we keep our spaghetti healthy by using whole grain pasta and making our sauces from scratch. There’s something so satisfying about making an entire pot of sauce and freezing some, eating some, and giving some away!

  13. A wheat pasta and have a chunky tomato sauce with extra veggies and add extra tomatoes
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  14. We like whole grain spaghetti, heirloom tomatoes, a little EVO, fresh mozzarella, and a bit of fresh basil! πŸ™‚

  15. Love your blog! I like roasting eggplant and garlic in the oven and using it as a healthy type of sauce over whole wheat pasta. I usually add tomatoes, spinach, and sometimes sautΓ©ed zucchini and yellow squash – yum!

  16. My favorite spaghetti recipe is a cold noodle salad mixed with red peppers, tomatoes, onions, garlic and vinegar.

  17. I like to throw a ton of spinach in at the end of the pasta cooking time and just eat it with shaved parmesan cheese and a little butter.

  18. yummy! love spinach and feta together with pasta. My other favorite spaghetti recipe is simple – whole grain spaghetti with a bit of oil, garlic and broccoli. Kids love it too!

  19. I like a simple pasta with some EVOO, fresh parm cheese, fresh basil and some pepper. Really simple but the tastes great!

  20. My favorite pasta is very similar to this only I add black olives and occassionally chicken. Never tried adding Balsamc Vinegar, will have to try that!

  21. Test Kitchen’s Low Fat Spagetti Carbonara. Using fat free evaporated milk and only 1 egg + 1 egg white, couple of Tbl of mayo, some white wine. Only 2/3 C grated cheese, 3 slices of cooked bacon, a couple of ounces of Canadian bacon chopped up, garlic, salt and pepper. I add some steamed brocolli and sauteed onions too.

  22. I subcribe to Two Peas & Their Pod e-mails. I regret not knowing about this blog before. You have alot of really unique ideas that I would really like to try myself.

  23. Some fresh tomatoes, basil, with just a drizzle of olive oil and vinegar! Yum! Easy to add grilled chicken, shrimp, scallops, or fish to the top!

  24. Ironically, I’ve made this exact same dish before but instead of whole grain spaghetti, I used whole grain fusilli. It’s my favorite go-to pasta dish. It’s so easy to make and everyone always loves it! The first time I made it was for a small dinner party I had at my apt with some friends. It was quick and easy to make a big pot of pasta for everyone πŸ™‚

  25. Mmmm this looks so good!! My fave healthy pasta recipe is whole wheat noodles tossed with avocado sauce. In a processor: Toss an avocado, a few squeezes of lemon juice, pepper, a clove or two of garlic, a small squeeze of sriracha (if you like spicy) and give it a whirl. Toss with your pasta. Garnish with parsley and lemon zest. Simple, bright, tasty and healthy!

  26. My favorite way to make “creamy” spaghetti dishes is to throw in goat cheese to the hot, drained pasta. Healthier than a creamy sauce like alfredo, and the flavor of goat cheese is so much better in my opinion. Then I toss in some kind of roasted or steamed vegetable, like broccoli or asparagus.

  27. This flavor combination looks fantastic! I love the addition of the balsamic! My favorite healthy spaghetti is a simple pasta with tomatoes, basil and lots of garlic!

  28. In the summer, I love to use veggies from our garden (tomatoes, peppers, squash) and toss it with whole wheat penne or rigatoni and some olive oil and spices (also from our garden)!

  29. I use my mom’s fresh tomato sauce recipe. Can’t wait to get my garden started this year so I can make a lot of sauce and can it.

  30. My favorite is during the summer when my garden is at its peak. Fresh basil, vine ripened cherry tomatoes, fresh garlic, a little bit of parmigiano/reggiano cheeses, a bit of good olive oil, and a few roasted pine nuts. Yum, Yum!!!

  31. I love the Pioneer Woman’s 16-minute schrimp scampi w angel hair pasta.

  32. I’ve got to try this one! My kids just love a basic tomato sauce spaghetti….I love it with a few more ingredients!

  33. … ummm … virtually ANY pasta recipe is healthy (IMHO) , IF it’s accompanied by a good glass of wine !! …

  34. My favorite healthy pasta is a ratatouille pasta. Stir fry tomatoes, zucchini, garlic, onions with fresh herbs in some olive oil and then add to cooked pasta and top with a bit of parmesan. Yum!

  35. Just made a similar recipe for last night’s dinner! It came from Giada on The Food Network. However, it didn’t incorporate the tomatoes, so I’m adding that note to mine.

  36. Tossed with tomatoes fresh from my garden,crushed garlic,fresh basil, mozzarella & parmesan with a sprinkle of salt & pepper on top.

  37. I subscribe to your blog. Thanks so much for great recipes and commentaries.

    I would like to try the Barilla pasta. I have recently discovered Dreamfields hi fiber pasta and really like it. I have wondered how the Barilla compared in taste.

  38. My favorite healthy spaghetti recipe is just plain ol’ whole wheat pasta with turkey meatballs and homemade sauce!

  39. I like a simple preparation with broccoli, chicken, spinach and cherry tomatoes, with a little olive oil, parm and the cooking water. Maybe a sprinkling of garlic bread crumbs over the top.

  40. I love pasta …all kinds, love it with a vege stirfry,and chicken and shrimp and my daughter loves her with marinara sauce

  41. my favorite healthy spaghetti recipe as to be spaghetti squash with homemade tomato sauce (minus all that sugar and processed foods!) Oh my, but I can’t wait to try yours tonight for dinner!!

  42. like barilla on fb

    (apologies if this posts twice. I was told I was posting too fast and I think my first comment was deleted.)

  43. My favorite spaghetti recipe is either with whole wheat spaghetti or spaghetti squash. I use ground turkey, crushed tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic, capers, crushed red peppers, red wine, chopped parsley, and chopped oregano. My husband is allergic to all mammalian meat so is a hearty sauce that he can eat without worrying about the location of the epi pen.

  44. I’m not sure I’d call it a recipe, but pasta with a vegetable heavy red sauce with additional vegetables sauteed and added is always a winner with me. Pasta with a mushroom, onion, and white wine sauce thickened with a little bit of goat cheese or neufchatel for added depth, topped with sauteed broccoli also is a favorite.

  45. My favorite healthy spaghetti dish is the macaroni & cheese from the Budget Bytes blog! Ok maybe it’s not super healthy… but it has no butter or flour, half the cheese of other recipes I’ve used (and I use reduced-fat cheese and it still tastes great)… and I use fat free milk and whole wheat Barilla (yes Barilla! I do use your pasta and love it) and it still tastes great!

  46. My favorite healthy pasta is chock full of veggies, so it is satifying without being a carb overload. And I like it spicy!

  47. Our favorite is whole wheat spaghetti with homemade marinara and lots of parm/romano cheese from our friends that are cheesemakers!

  48. I make a pesto with broccoli, olive oil, and garlic, toss it with Barilla Whole Grain Spaghetti, and top it with freshly grated parmigiano reggiano. It’s a delicious way to get the kids to eat their broccoli!

  49. Hmmm… I’m not sure if I really have any healthy pasta recipes. I think my healthiest is spaghetti with tuna fish, olive oil and capers!

  50. This is the same kind of pasta I use, only I normally opt for the thin or angel hair spaghetti. Typically I just make it with a simple tomato sauce, with meat or meatballs, my boys need meat!

  51. Whole wheat pasta with chicken, feta, olives and whatever fresh herbs I have. Drizzled with a bit of olive oil/lemon. Perfect!

  52. i follow your blog!

    and my favorite healthy receipe is whole wheat fussili pasta with lemon, basil, sliced almonds, cranberries, garlic and arugula. so good!

  53. My favorite healthy spaghetti recipe is one that has spaghetti sauce that does not have HFCS or any unhealthy additives.

  54. whole wheat spaghetti with a sauce made of olive oil,garlic,lemon,white wine salt and pepper mix into spaghetti and top with fresh parm.

  55. I LOVE summertime and my favorite healthy dish is hot angel hair pasta with a mixture of cold cucumber, onion, garlic, basil and tomatoes from my garden – YUM!

  56. my favorite way to make spaghetti is warm olive oil with garlic powder, chili powder and paprika and parmeasean mixed in and drizzled over pasta to moisten it, yum

  57. Anything that is topped with lots of fresh veggies… summertime is my favorite for making pastas because you can load up on whatever is at the farmers market, cook them down with tomatoes and pile it all on top of perfect spaghetti noodles. I also like whole grain pasta better than white- it adds nice flavor!

  58. I love fresh tomatoes slightly cooked with garlic and olive oil. Throw in some fresh basil and you’re done. Yummy! And Barilla is my favorite pasta!

  59. I love spaghetti with a bunch of fresh vegetables, tossed with olive oil and salt and pepper and basil. Delicious and colorful!

  60. We love whole grain pasta, it seems like the white stuff leaves us hungry still! I love to make a healthier alfredo using lowfat cream cheese instead of cream. Yummy!

  61. I like a whole grain pasta tossed with quartered cherry tomatoes, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, olive oil, fresh basil and a bit of fresh grated parmesan.

  62. One of my favorite dishes when I was younger was my mom’s Spaghetti Pie. It was a crazy (and not super healthful) combination of noodles, sauce, and cream cheese, with a golden crust of even more cheese baked on top. Now a days, I’m more likely to opt for a dollop of kale pesto with my spaghetti, but that casserole still holds a special place in my heart!

  63. I love making wheat pasta with sauted garlic, mushrooms, shallots and spinach with chicken tossed in a little bit of olive oil and chicken stock or wine white and sprinkled with parmesan cheese…very tasty and light!

  64. I follow Two Peas and Their Pod on Pinterest (username: caseyamoore). Woo hoo! Pasta is my favorite food (and greatest vice!). It would be awesome to win this giveaway. πŸ™‚

  65. As a matter of fact, I usually cut up sun dried tomatoes in my spaghetti! Nothing like that big punch in the face of tomato flavor. Yours looks lovely.

  66. I like to start with a whole wheat noodle, like a Rigatoni, and add some homemade basil pesto, chopped fresh spinach, homemade sun-dried tomatoes and a healthy grating of parmesan cheese. Its best served with a strong sourdough!

  67. My favorite healthy spaghetti recipe consists of whole wheat spaghetti noodles tossed with roasted heirloom cherry tomatoes from our garden (red and yellow are pretty!), extra virgin olive oil, sliced Greek olives, minced garlic, and chopped Italian parsley. Sprinkle with a grating of good Parmesan cheese, a grind of fresh pepper, and you have a beautiful pasta dish!

  68. Whole wheat spaghetti noodles tossed with roasted veggies (tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, really whatever is in the house) virgin olive oil, sliced Greek olives, minced garlic, Parmesan cheese, and a grind of fresh pepper! The best!

  69. I don’t participate in all the giveaways – too much time/effort with all the steps. What I want to say is I am interested in the comments regarding the recipes, but with your giveaway criteria, it just makes it pointless with all the “I follow you on FB” comments.. Maybe there’s something you could do different here for the two groups of people?

  70. My favorite healthy pasta recipe is whole wheat pasta with some creamy goat cheese mixed in and lots of warm vegetables! Add some lean chicken and I am set!

  71. One of the first times my boyfriend ever cooked a real meal for me, he cooked a Bev Cooks spaghetti recipe with sausage, parmesan and spinach…I think sun dried tomatoes were in her original recipe too, so it was really similar to this!! It was so good πŸ™‚

  72. I actually use this pasta and I’m quite fond of it, I toss it with some baked aidell’s brand chicken sausage (sun-dried tomato flavor) and freshly grated parmagiano reggiano cheese which I learned is made with skim milk so already better for you!

  73. I make my own marinara sauce with olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes and herbs and serve it over my pasta. I love to add goat cheese and let it melt in–it makes the sauce creamy and tastes delicious!

  74. I always de-fat the meat before I put it into the sauce. To make it even leaner I use ground turkey. My favorite sauces are Barilla Marinara and Tuscan Herb.

  75. We usually do pasta with homemade sauce and broccoli. I’ve been wanting to try the avocado sauce and pasta I saw on Pinterest. Our favorite pasta dish though is Artichoke and spinach lasagna.

  76. i toss pasta with cooked chicken breast, crisp tender veggies, a LOT of garlic and just a tiny splash of cream. the boyfriend goes CRAZY for that recipe.

  77. Don’t have one. My husband won’t even say grace over pasta. So I guess I will just look at the pictures and wish I was going somewhere to eat some spaghetti.

  78. I used to make a recipe similar to this but I haven’t in years. Thanks for the yummy sounding recipe! I hope I win!

  79. That looks so yummy! I seriously love spaghetti! And to boot, Barilla has no milk products in their noodles/products so I love them too!

  80. My favorite healthy pasta recipe is for a spaghetti fritatta. It calls for leftover spaghetti, eggs (mostly whites) herbs and Parmesan. It’s super easy and delicious!

  81. I like to top my whole wheat pasta with an olive oil bread dipping mix. I cook either some chicken or shrimp in the oil. I will add mushrooms, peppers and some other veggie like peas. This also is good with just veggies.

  82. I love whole wheat pasta with roasted bell peppers and a light pesto sauce! I can’t wait to give this one a try, it’s all things we love!

  83. my favorite recipe is a little garlic, olive oil and red pepper flakes sauteed and tossed with whole grain spaghetti sprinkled with grated pecorrino romano cheese. yum!

  84. My favorite spaghetti dish is any one my kids will eat! They’re just starting to get into the pasta and sauce things (totally picky eaters). Personally, any spaghetti with pesto is perfect for me.

  85. Love to make my own spaghetti sauce with all the veggies & herbs from my summer garden–tomatoes, peppers, squash, zucchini, eggplant, basil, & parsley…mmm. So fresh, healthy, & delicious!

  86. My favorite spaghetti recipe is with sautΓ©ed asparagus (with olive oil and garlic), fresh cherry tomatoes, and feta cheese. Simple and delicious!

  87. I signed up RSS and I am happy that I bumped into you just searching for healthy, tasty recipes.

    My favorite and quick “afterwork” go to pasta is a whole wheat pasta, topped with steamed brocolli, garlic olive oil and freshly grated romano cheese. As everything comes together I place a slice of american cheese on top and watch it melt into the pasta brocolli mixture. Yummmmm

  88. I am not a US citizen, so I can’t take part in the giveaway, but I still wanted to tell you, that I think your pasta looks delicious!!
    It is totally what I would like to eat – especially because of the sun dried tomatoes.
    I will try it soon!

  89. I like mine with a olive oil, a little butter, garlic, salt, pepper, italian seasoning, crab, asparagus and some good parmesian cheese on top.

  90. I love pasta, chicken, garlic, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, olive oil, salt and pepper and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese!

  91. Spaghetti with homemade turkey meatballs is a current favorite though this recipe is going into the rotation next week! I have always preferred whole grain/ whole wheat pasta and have found its not a hard switch for others to make.

  92. We use Barilla whole grain pasta with marinara but add lots of fresh veggies – zucchini, broccoli, mushrooms and *gasp* jalapenos are regulars!

  93. This one looks pretty good–I’ll have to try it. But my favorite is the classic: with tomato sauce. Life is Good πŸ™‚