• Creamy Spinach-mushroom Pasta

    Nutrition Facts

    Serving Size ½ recipe
    Calories 495
    Total Fat 14 g
    Saturated Fat 4.5 g
    Sodium 593 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 71 g
    Dietary Fiber 3 g
    Protein 23.5 g

    Servings and Times

    Servings 2

    Ingredients and Preparation

    Ingredients Measures
    Olive oil 1 tablespoon
    Garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2
    Mushrooms, cleaned and sliced 4 ounces
    Fresh fettucini (or other fresh pasta) 8 ounces
    Packed fresh spinach 4 cups
    Light garlic and herb spreadable cheese 1/3 cup (about 3 ounces)
    Low-fat milk ¼ cup
    Salt ¼ teaspoon
    Fresh ground pepper to taste
    Directions
    1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. When done, reserve ¼ cup of water, drain the rest, and set pasta aside.
    2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, until just soft and fragrant. Add mushrooms, stir, cover, and cook for about 3-4 minutes, until mushrooms are soft.
    3. Add spinach to the skillet and stir until just wilted. Reduce the heat to low and mix in the garlic and herb cheese and milk.
    4. Turn off the heat and add the pasta to the skillet and toss until well-mixed. If pasta dish seems dry, add reserved pasta water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until creamy. Season with ¼ teaspoon of salt fresh ground pepper to taste.

    Exchanges4 starches; 1 lean meat substitute; 2 vegetables; 2 fats

    Side Suggestions: Classic Tossed SaladToss mixed greens with chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, olive oil, and vinegar.

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