Pasta with Spinach, Pancetta and Pomegranate

by Marla on January 9, 2013 · 59 comments

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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 FamilyFreshCooking.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 FamilyFreshCooking.com

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

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

Pasta with Pancetta, Spinach and Pomegranate | Recipe on FamilyFreshCooking.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 FamilyFreshCooking.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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1 leslie January 9, 2013 at 5:12 am

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

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2 Marla January 10, 2013 at 3:35 am

Leslie, the move went very smoothly! Thank goodness ;)

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3 Rosa January 9, 2013 at 5:28 am

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

Cheers,

Rosa

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4 Marla January 10, 2013 at 3:39 am

Thanks Rosa ~ I could certainly see you enjoying these flavors :)

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5 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit January 9, 2013 at 5:43 am

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!

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6 Marla January 10, 2013 at 3:41 am

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 :)

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7 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit January 10, 2013 at 6:57 pm

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!

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8 Marla January 11, 2013 at 2:17 am

Nice….a sticky note on your pom :)

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9 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective January 9, 2013 at 5:44 am

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

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10 Julie @ Table for Two January 9, 2013 at 5:45 am

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

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11 Marla January 10, 2013 at 3:44 am

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

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12 Julie @ Table for Two January 9, 2013 at 5:48 am

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

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13 Marla January 10, 2013 at 4:04 am

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

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14 Bev @ Bev Cooks January 9, 2013 at 5:52 am

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

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15 Marla January 10, 2013 at 3:49 am

Ha! Love it Bev!

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16 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious January 9, 2013 at 6:01 am

Pancetta is so flavorful, looks way tasty!!

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17 Amanda January 9, 2013 at 6:18 am

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

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18 Maria January 9, 2013 at 6:36 am

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

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19 Marla January 10, 2013 at 4:03 am

Your salad looks great today Maria!

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20 scrappinJudy January 9, 2013 at 6:41 am

did you forget to add the pomegranate arils?

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21 Marla January 10, 2013 at 4:19 am

Added! Thanks for noticing :)

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22 Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today January 9, 2013 at 6:45 am

It is colorful and healthy. Perfect for lunch.

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23 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet January 9, 2013 at 7:00 am

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!!

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24 Marla January 10, 2013 at 4:20 am

Anna, I also love poms in sweets and savories.

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25 Amy January 9, 2013 at 7:19 am

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

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26 Marla January 9, 2013 at 7:49 am

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

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27 HeatherChristo January 9, 2013 at 7:24 am

Looks delicious Marla! And a totally unique flavor combo!

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28 Antonia @ Health Inspirations January 9, 2013 at 7:41 am

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!!

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29 Marla January 10, 2013 at 4:21 am

Antonia ~ isn’t pancetta the best??

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30 Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 9, 2013 at 8:52 am

Such a pretty pasta dish, I love these flavors!

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31 Averie @ Averie Cooks January 9, 2013 at 9:29 am

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! :)

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32 Ashley - baker by nature January 9, 2013 at 9:35 am

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

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33 Lisa January 9, 2013 at 9:38 am

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

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34 Carla @ Carlas Confections January 9, 2013 at 9:49 am

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!!!

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35 Eat Good 4 Life January 9, 2013 at 10:10 am

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 :-)

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36 naomi January 9, 2013 at 10:11 am

Loving the burst of flavor from the pomegranate!

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37 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies January 9, 2013 at 10:22 am

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

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38 Gaby January 9, 2013 at 11:40 am

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

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39 Donna January 9, 2013 at 2:27 pm

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

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40 kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts January 9, 2013 at 2:42 pm

How quick and simple yet elegant this recipe sounds.

Thanks!

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41 Marla January 9, 2013 at 4:49 pm

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

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42 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers January 9, 2013 at 4:15 pm

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

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43 Aimee @ Simple Bites January 9, 2013 at 4:46 pm

What Gaby said. ;)

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

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44 Marla January 10, 2013 at 3:34 am

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 ;)

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45 Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife January 9, 2013 at 7:50 pm

What a fabulous and delicious salad!

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46 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen January 9, 2013 at 9:16 pm

This looks totally amazing! Such gorgeous colors and flavors.

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47 Minnie(@thelady8home) January 10, 2013 at 5:18 am

Fabulous!!!! It looks so refreshing. :-D

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48 DessertForTwo January 10, 2013 at 6:47 pm

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 :)

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49 Marla January 11, 2013 at 2:18 am

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

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50 Kevin (Closet Cooking) January 11, 2013 at 6:25 am

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

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51 Isra {TheFrugalette} January 11, 2013 at 8:02 am

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

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52 Marla January 11, 2013 at 9:04 am

Isra, how about some diced smoked turkey or chicken?

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53 Chocolate Shavings January 11, 2013 at 8:17 am

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

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54 Debbie @ healthy eating plan January 11, 2013 at 8:48 am

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

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55 katie January 21, 2013 at 6:16 am

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

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56 Meghan January 22, 2013 at 6:18 pm

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

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