How I Spice Up The Frozen Penne Arrabbiata Dish from Trader Joe's

June 28, 2018

Do you ever get sick of eating your favorite meal? Well that was me with this frozen penne dish and I lost track of how many times I’ve made it because it’s tasty, a bit spicy and super EASY!! Easy as in takes under 15 minutes, however after eating it so many times I began to add components to recreate a healthier version of it! What I have come up with adds more color, flavor and most importantly veggies to an already high carb meal. Below are instructions on just how I like to make the Penne dish, of course if you don’t like what I add replace it with something else or add more if you're feeling bold! This recipe is very flexible and it is also vegan, whether you are vegan or not I urge you to get cooking on this baby because it beats boiling noodles and sauce on your own! This pasta dish alone has a bit of a kick so if you're sensitive to spice go light with the pepper, but if you love an extra kick add a bit more pepper to kick it up a notch! 



  • 5 Cloves of Garlic

  • 1 1/4 Cup Organic Frozen Peas

  • 1/2 Cup Sliced Black Olives

  • Penne Arrabbiata 

  • 4 Tablespoons of Water

  • 5 Tablespoons of Spanish Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt

  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Pepper

  • 1 Handful of Basil


  • Mince the Garlic

  • Strain the olives 

  • Add Garlic, Olives, Penne Arrabbiata, Water, Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper and Basil to Large Skillet

  • Cook on Medium Heat stirring continuously for about 9 Minutes 


  • Add more basil to top, if you're a basil lover like me!

  • Add Parmesan Cheese to top













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