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Cavatappi with Spinach, Beans, and Asiago Cheese

Yield 4 servings (serving size: 2 cups)
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.

Ingredients

  • 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)

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

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