A Spinach Mushroom Pasta

by zesty on June 3, 2011 · 16 comments

Hitting you up wit a re post today as I am away from home for today and the weekend.

Some things will never change.  I will continue to cook fun, easy and idiot proof recipes for you to “hopefully” enjoy and document them along the way with pictures to aide in your at home preparation.  I think today will not disappoint.  What do you get when you take roasted mushrooms with Parmesan cheese, pan seared chicken breasts with balsamic and orange reduction, fresh spinach and some whole wheat pasta?

Answer = YUM

This dish was actually quite tasty and as I was evaluating it last night – the one thing I would alter was the amount of sauce.  I had very little as it reduced so much so in the ingredients below I will display what I did but you may want to increase the amounts if you are a sauce lover.


  • 2 Boneless Chicken breasts ( sliced)
  • 2 Cups Whole button mushrooms
  • 2 Large handfuls of spinach
  • 1/4 Cup Orange Juice
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Cups Whole Wheat Penne Pasta


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cook pasta according to directions
  3. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange mushrooms on sheet
  4. Coat with one tablespoon of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and some Parmesan cheese; toss to coat evenly
  5. Roast for 20 minutes turning occasionally
  6. In a saute pan, turn to medium heat and begin to cook the chicken with the remaining tablespoon of oil.  Once the chicken begins to brown toss in the roasted mushrooms, orange juice, remaining balsamic and let reduce for 4 minutes
  7. Add spinach and cook until spinach is wilted
  8. Add noodles, mix thoroughly and dress with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
  9. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: For me this tip is all about balance.  Use the balsamic and orange juice to balance themselves but be sure you have enough sauce.  This was my only mistake in this dish.  I feel it would have been even better with more sauce.

Tell me what you think of this recipe, what other recipes you would like to see, whether you would like to participate by doing a zesty post or if you just like stopping in here each day to check things out.

I am wide open and very flexible and there is nothing I will not answer.  Have yourself a great Friday and weekend!

Take care


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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mara @ What's For Dinner?

Looks great Zesty! Glad to hear that you got your host issues worked out… I can only hope that I will one day have enough traffic to crash a server :)


2 Chaya

This looks like a great recipe. It has all the elements to make a fulfillilng dish.


3 Cajun Chef Ryan

Now this is my kind of dish Zesty! Whole wheat pasta, fresh spinach and mushrooms with the orange and balsamic! Glad you have you back and running again!



4 Nicole @ Geek Turning Athlete

Welcome back! This recipe looks gorgeous, and really easy! I can’t wait to get home and make it!


5 Jessica @ The Process of Healing

Yummmm sounds fantastic!!!!
I love your blog but I’d maybe like to see some tips on improving the appearance of blogs without paying someone.


6 Tyler

yum! i liked how you used whole mushrooms. looks great! i love simple recipes :)


7 Danica

I guess sometimes it doesn’t pay to be popular ;) Hopefully the new host works out for you….

Delish recipe – this is definitely something I’d make for sure – LOVE the mushrooms!


8 chau

can i use frozen spinach? it sounds delicious even though we are trying to cut carbs out of diet for a little while


9 HoneyB

I am a definite sauce lover….so I will double the sauce. I am absolutely putting this on a future menu plan and have it bookmarked now! This looks delicious!!


10 karen

this recipe looks great, but my better half hates mushrooms. Does anyone have a suggestion about substitution for mushrooms? I have this issue with several recipes and usually just leave out the mushrooms…


11 Aggie

Oh this looks and sounds amazing!!

Karen…artichoke hearts might be a good sub for the mushrooms…just add them more towards the end.


12 Kath

Left the ole Lunar Pages have you? Go Zest!


13 Jena L.

I cut a corner or two. I sauteed cremini mushrooms (quartered) in butter, then added the balsamic & juice. Drained the pasta over the spinach, added cream to the mushrooms, and added the pasta+spinach. Stirred the cheese in. Not restaurant quality, maybe, but pretty tasty. Thanks for inspiring tonight’s dinner!


14 ea-the spicy rd

Mushrooms, spinach, pasta, oj, and balsamic-yum! I love how easy this looks to make, especially since I usually have all these ingredients on hand. Can’t wait to try this out!


15 zesty

Thanks EA! Let me know how yours turned out. It is a simple easy dish for sure with lots of flavor.


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