Guest Contributor Header

This is a Guest Recipe from Shrinking Kitchen. Follow Shrinking Kitchen on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for the SK ladies’ latest recipes!


Skinny Mediterranean Pasta Toss

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving size: 1/4 mixture


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 small zucchini, sliced
  • 10 small sweet bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 15 oz artichoke hearts in water, drained + halved
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil
  • ⅓ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1½ cups dry whole wheat penne
  • ⅓ cup feta cheese crumbles


  1. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onions, garlic, zucchini, peppers and cherry tomatoes and saute till tender.
  3. While vegetables are cooking, bring pot of water to boil and cook pasta according to package instructions till al denté.
  4. Drain (reserve a little of the pasta water) and hold.
  5. When vegetables are tender, add Italian herbs, artichoke hearts and sundried tomatoes.
  6. Mix well, then add balsamic vinegar.
  7. Allow the vinegar to reduce for a few minutes, stirring often. The balsamic will become sweet and sticky and will coat the vegetables.
  8. Add the drained pasta to the vegetable mixture.
  9. Toss to coat the pasta, adding hot pasta water if necessary.
  10. Serve topped with feta crumbles and cracked black pepper.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving (1/4th of mixture):

Calories: 289

Fat: 2.5g

Carbohydrates: 39.7g

Fiber: 7.7g

Protein: 9.2g

Sugars: 7.5g

WW PP: 7 points