Baked Penne Florentine

This vegetarian casserole is high in protein thanks to the raw cashews and beans. Whole wheat pasta adds fiber to the recipe.

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Makes:
6 servings
Prep:
30 mins
Bake:
30 mins 375°F
Stand:
10 mins
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Baked Penne Florentine

Ingredients
8
ounces dried multigrain or whole wheat penne pasta
1
10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
1/4
cup vegetable broth
1
2
1/2
cup raw cashews
1 3/4
cups water
1
15 ounce can Great Northern beans, navy beans, or cannellini beans (white kidney beans), rinsed and drained
2
teaspoons lemon juice
1/2
teaspoon dry mustard
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2
cup soft whole wheat bread crumbs

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and return to hot pan. Add spinach; toss to combine. Spoon into a 2-quart casserole; set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine vegetable broth, onion, and garlic. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Place cashews in a food processor. Cover and process until finely ground. Add half of the water; blend until smooth. Add onion mixture, beans, lemon juice, mustard, salt, and pepper. Cover and process until smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the remaining water. Stir bean mixture into pasta mixture in casserole. Sprinkle with bread crumbs.
  4. Bake, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until crumbs are toasted. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

(Baked Penne Florentine)
    Per serving:
  • 315 kcal cal.,
  • 8 g fat
  • (1 g sat. fat,
  • 0 mg chol.,
  • 198 mg sodium,
  • 53 g carb.,
  • 10 g fiber,
  • 15 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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