Cavatappi with Spinach, Beans, and Asiago Cheese

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For a simple dish, this contains many healthful ingredients, plus the flavors are complex. If you toss the spinach and Asiago cheese while the pasta is still warm, the spinach will wilt and the cheese will soften. When this happens, the flavors blend and become more pungent. This is peasant food at its best.
4 servings (serving size: 2 cups)


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8 cups coarsely chopped spinach leaves
4 cups hot cooked cavatappi (about 6 ounces uncooked spiral-shaped pasta)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 (19-ounce) can cannellini beans or other white beans, drained
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Asiago cheese
Fresh ground black pepper (optional)


Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; toss well. Sprinkle with fresh ground black pepper, if desired.

Created date

October 2003

Nutritional Information

Calories 401
Caloriesfromfat 27 %
Fat 12 g
Satfat 3.4 g
Monofat 6.2 g
Polyfat 1.2 g
Protein 18.8 g
Carbohydrate 54.7 g
Fiber 6.7 g
Cholesterol 10 mg
Iron 6.4 mg
Sodium 464 mg
Calcium 306 mg