BestLife™ Baked Pasta with Pumpkin and Spinach

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 4 servings

Description

This BestLife dish combines good-for-you whole wheat pasta, pumpkin and spinach, for a taste so delicious, it’s hard to believe it’s so wholesome and nutritious! The BestLife Program was created by exercise physiologist Bob Greene, best known as Oprah Winfrey’s personal trainer. TheBestLife.com recipes are designed to provide foods that fit within the BestLife program to help meet weight loss goals.

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 8 ounces dry whole-grain rotini
  • 2 cups LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 1/3 cups fat-free ricotta cheese
  • 4 cups spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 375° F. Spray 13 x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Bring water to boil, add pasta and cook for 10 minutes. Drain thoroughly.

While pasta is cooking combine pumpkin, ricotta, spinach, onion, garlic, salt, nutmeg and pepper. Add drained pasta to ricotta mixture; mix. Pour into prepared dish. Top with Parmesan Cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes. Turn oven to broil and broil for 1 to 3 minutes until top is bubbly and brown. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information per serving: 382 calories; 6g total fat; 2g saturated fat; 18mg cholesterol; 474mg sodium; 60g carbohydrate; 13g fiber; 26g protein; 467mg calcium

Recipe and nutritional information courtesy of thebestlife.com

A pleasant surprise

by R. Roseann , NY on Oct. 2009

I made this for our family of 6 adults. The boys were leery of this - too many vegetables and colors - orange pumpkin and green spinach. They are used to the whole wheat pasta by now. They were pleasantly surprised as the flavor was subtle. I was happy to serve them something different and healthly. It was a great fall dish. The leftovers went home with one of the girlfriends who was happy to eat it again the next day. BTW, I did 1 1/2 recipes. I put the onion, garlic in a boil with a little oil and "sauteed" it in the microwave. I kept the spices and the parmesan cheese at the same level as a single recipe.