Pasta with spinach, garbanzos and raisins

Dietician's Tip

The key to this recipe is to have the pasta and sauce done at the same time so that they don't overcook. This is a great recipe for two cooks in the kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces (about 3 cups) dry bow tie pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 of a 19 ounces can of garbanzos, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup unsalted chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 4 cups fresh spinach, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Cracked black peppercorns, to taste

Directions

Fill a large pot 3/4 full with water and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente (tender), 10 to 12 minutes, or according to the package directions. Drain the pasta thoroughly.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and garlic over medium heat. Add the garbanzos and vegetable broth. Stir until warmed through. Add the raisins and spinach. Heat just until spinach is wilted, about 3 minutes. Don't overcook.

Divide the pasta among the plates. Top each serving with 1/6 of the sauce, 1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese and peppercorns to taste. Serve immediately.

Serving Information

Serves 6

Nutritional analysis per serving

Calories: 283
Total carbohydrate: 44 g
Cholesterol: 1 mg
Dietary fiber: 6 g
Monounsaturated fat: 4 g
Protein: 11 g
Saturated fat: 1 g
Serving size: About 2 1/2 cups
Sodium: 130 mg
Total fat: 7 g

DASH Eating Plan Servings

Fats and oils: 1
Fruits: 1/2
Grains and grain products: 2
Nuts, seeds and dry beans: 1
Vegetables: 1

Diabetes Meal Plan Choices

Fats: 1
Fruits: 1/2
Meat and meat substitutes: 1
Nonstarchy vegetables: 1
Starches: 2

Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid Servings

Carbohydrates: 2
Fats: 1
Fruits: 1/2
Protein and dairy: 1/2
Vegetables: 1

Last Updated Feb 8, 2017


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