Cheese and Pepper Pasta w/Spinach and Cannellini Beans

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 488.0
  • Total Fat: 26.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 52.5 mg
  • Sodium: 465.9 mg
  • Total Carbs: 42.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 10.3 g
  • Protein: 24.0 g

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This is from Rachael Ray. This is from Rachael Ray.
Number of Servings: 4


    1/2 pound spaghetti
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter , cut into small pieces
    3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil , EVOO
    2 teaspoons coarse black pepper
    1 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese , 3 rounded handfuls
    1 box (10 ounces) chopped frozen spinach
    3 to 4 cloves garlic , chopped
    1 can (14 ounces) cannellini beans , rinsed and drained
    1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg



Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta and salt it. Add the pasta and cook to al dente. Heads up: You'll need to use a ladle of the cooking water (about 1/4 cup) for the sauce right before you drain the pasta.

Place a large skillet over low heat with the butter, 1 tablespoon of the EVOO, and pepper. Let it hang out until the pasta is done.

When the pasta is ready, take a ladle of the starchy cooking water and add it to the butter-pepper mixture. Drain the pasta and toss it in the pan with the sauce. Turn off the heat. Add the cheese in small handfuls, then toss the pasta with tongs, until all the cheese in incorporated into the creamy sauce. Add another ladle of cooking water if needed, then season the pasta to taste with salt and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the EVOO.

While the pasta works, defrost the spinach in the microwave for 6 minutes on high. Place the spinach in a clean kitchen towel and wring the water out. Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of EVOO, twice around the pan, then the garlic. Cook the garlic for 2 minutes and then add the beans. Add the spinach to the beans, breaking it up as you drop into the pan. Season the spinach and beans with nutmeg, salt and pepper. Serve the spinach alongside the hot pasta.

Serving Size: Makes four 1 cup servings.

Number of Servings: 4

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user JENNA3.

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