Penne with lamb, olives and spinach


Serves: 4
Time to make: 25 mins, prep 5 mins, cook 20 mins
Total cost: $10.80 / $2.70 per serve

  • 400g wholemeal penne
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 400g lean lamb mince
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) red wine
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup sliced, pitted olives
  • 1 small bunch English spinach, trimmed, leaves shredded
  • grated parmesan cheese


Step 1 Cook penne according to packet directions. Drain. Set aside.

Step 2 Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Spray with oil. Add onion and garlic. Cook until onion softened. Add mince. Cook for 5–6 minutes. Drain off any fat.

Step 3 Add wine, simmer until reduced by half. Add tomatoes and olives. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add spinach. Simmer for 2 minutes.

Step 4 Toss hot pasta with mince sauce. Divide pasta between serving bowls. Top with parmesan.


Replace the lamb with chicken mince, red wine with white, and the olives with diced bacon.

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