Linguine Florentine Recipe

Linguine. nicolebranan/E+/Getty
  • Prep Time
    10 min
  • Cook Time
    20 min
  • Total Time
    30 min
Pasta is the friend of the long distance walker, and does not need to be avoided as long as you practice portion control. This dish provides starch, a vegetable, and a little protein in the cheese. The hard cheese provides a lot of flavor for fewer calories.

Makes 6 servings - 1 cup each.

Approximately 190 calories per serving.


  • 1 10-ounce package chopped spinach, thawed and well drained or 1 pound fresh spinach or swiss chard
  • 2 cups cooked linguine pasta
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese - Romano, Parmesan or Asiago
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional: A little crumbled bacon, diced tomatoes


1. If using the frozen chopped spinach, thaw and drain it well. I wring it out by hand over the sink.

2. If using fresh spinach or fresh swiss chard, wash the spinach or chard well and discard the stems.
Place the spinach or chard without water in the microwave, cover and cook for 1 minute or until wilted.
Drain the spinach, squeezing out the water between paper towels until it is barely moist, then chop the spinach.

3. In a large bowl, toss the cooked linguine with the olive oil.

4. Add the spinach, cheese, pepper and optional diced tomatoes, toss the together gently.

5. Optional: top with crumbled bacon.

6. Serve.

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