Friday, July 8, 2011

Poor Mans Pasta

This is one of those pasta's that seems a little different (beans in pasta?). But it is WONDERFUL!
I make it with whole grain noodles and low fat cream cheese.
It's healthy and creamy and fresh.

Healthy. Quick and really good.
My picky eaters at it all...and then some.


Recipe is found at Eat 8020

Poor Man's Pasta with 15-Minute Light Tomato Cream Sauce

Serves 5-6

8 oz canned tomato sauce
14 oz can diced tomatoes in juice
2 cloves garlic, pressed and finely minced
1/4 cup chopped white onion
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp sugar
2 Tbsp red wine
1 tsp olive oil
3 Tbsp fresh sweet basil, chopped (I used dried...was fine)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 cup light sour cream

In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and saute until fragrant, ~3 minutes. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, red wine, sugar, basil, salt and pepper and simmer for 7-8 minutes. Whisk in sour cream and heat through for 2-3 minutes.

8 oz uncooked whole grain pasta of your choice, prepared al dente, drained and rinsed
1 medium zucchini, sliced
1 clove garlic, pressed and finely minced
1 tsp olive oil
2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
14 oz canned white beans, drained and rinsed

In a large nonstick skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and zucchini pieces and saute until softened, 5-6 minutes. Add baby spinach leaves and saute until wilted. Reduce heat to medium low and add beans, stirring gently until heated through, 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.

To serve: Add cooked pasta to tomato cream sauce and turn gently with a pair of tongs. Place ~1 cup of pasta on each plate and top with zucchini mixture. Garnish with shredded Parmesan cheese if desired.

Nutrition info per 1 serving: 390 calories, 5 g fat, 19 g protein, 60 g carbohydrates, 10 g fiber
Poor Man's Pasta

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