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

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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