Nutty Pasta ~ Naked or Saucy

The name of this concoction is worth a giggle… the recipe I followed was simply called Creamy Tomato Pasta … but nutty, naked and saucy all apply.  It is a simple and very healthy (and filling) meal.  It is a hit in our house.

Prep Time: 20 minutes      Serves: 4           Serving Size: 1 Cup

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound whole wheat pasta
  • 1 jar tomato sauce  ( I used about 12 oz low sodium)
  • 1 cup Cashews
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cooked spinach
  • garlic clove
  • Salt and pepper to flavor

Cook pasta. Drain and toss with sauce ‘Saucy’ over low heat to warm.  Reserve some plain pasta for the ‘Naked’ version.

In a food processor/blender, blend the cashews with the water, spinach, garlic, and salt until very smooth.  Reserve half of your “cashew cream” in the fridge for another recipe, and add the other half to the pasta. Stir until creamy. Top with salt, pepper, and/or herbs.

Saucy Nut
‘Nutty and Saucy”
Naked Nutty
“Nutty and Naked”

Darling Daughter’s Notes:  Um… I had the ‘Saucy’ version and it almost better than meaty pasta. I was very full afterwards.

‘Saucy’ Suggested Nutritional Values (1 portion): Calories 423, Protein 15g, Carbohydrates 58g, Dietary Fiber 7g, Sugars 6g, Total Fat 18g, Cholesterol 1mg, Sodium 39mg* (when using low sodium tomato sauce)

‘Saucy’ Great Mineral Bonuses:  Copper 121%, Vitamin K 99%, Selenium 83%, 53% Magnesium 50%, Phosphorus 48%, Zinc 42%

Diabetes Type 2 Suggestions:   Naked version – equally yummy and a slightly better Nutritional value.  This is a Carb heavy meal (48g total) but high in fiber and mineral bonuses.  I used low sodium broth and season with pepper.

‘Naked’ Suggested Nutritional Values (1 portion): 396 Calories, Protein 14g, Carbohydrates 54g, Dietary Fiber 6g, Sugars 3g , Total Fat 17g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 23mg

‘Naked’ Great Mineral Bonuses: Copper 116%, Vitamin K 91%, Selenium 82%, Magnesium 47%, Phosphorus 45%, Zinc 41%

 

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