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Old 11-29-2007, 01:33 PM
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Spinach & Cream Pasta Casserole

I made this for dinner yesterday and it was super yummy.

Spinach is one of my favorite greens so I was glad to find yet another delicious way to serve it. Don LOVED this dish and so did our neighbor Livina.

Spinach & Cream Pasta Casserole

Serves 4

Pasta
2 or 3 zucchinis, peeled

Make linguine size pasta with the help of a spiral slicer. (Although any type/size should work good too.)

Sauce
1 cup cashews and/or macadamias
1/2 to 3/4 cup water (til desired thickness)
1 garlic clove
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tsp salt

Grind nuts until fine then add other ingredients and blend until smooth.

Marinated Spinach
2 cups spinach, thinly sliced
1/2 tbs olive oil
1/2 tbs oregano
1/8 tsp salt

Place all ingredients in a bowl and massage to wilt the spinach.


Marinated Criminis
2 cups crimini mushrooms, sliced
1 part olive oil
1 part tamari
1 tsp dried tarragon

Toss mushrooms and let marinate for at least 1 hr.


Pine Nut Parmesan
1/2 cup macadamias
1/2 cup cashews
2 Tbs pine nuts
1 Tbs lemon juice
1Tbs flax meal
1 clove crushed garlic
1Tbs nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp salt

First process macadamias and cashews until ground. Then add the rest of the ingredients and process until well mixed. You don’t want to overprocess the pine nuts as they release a lot of oil.


Assembly
Toss the noodles with the sauce. Gently fold in the spinach and 3/4 of the marinated mushrooms (save the rest for garnish).

Place mixture in a dish.

Sprinkle with Pine Nut Parmesan.

Top with remaining mushrooms.

Dehydrate at 110 degrees for 1 hour (optional)


Carmella's Notes:
You'll probably have extra sauce and parmesan but I'm sure you'll find some way to use the left-overs. lol
Oh, and the parmesan freezes well too.

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Old 11-29-2007, 02:19 PM
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Oooo, many thanks Carmella, can't wait to have all the ingred!
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Old 11-29-2007, 02:32 PM
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I Love 'spinach' I'm growing it all winter in a 'window' winter garden.

Thanks for the recipe !
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Old 11-29-2007, 03:10 PM
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Looks just fabulous & Yummy ! Will def be making this one.

Thanks for sharing,

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Old 11-30-2007, 02:51 AM
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Me love love spinach too!! Hey Carmella!! I am beginning to think that our tastebuds are almost similar

Danke fur sharing!! xo
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Old 11-30-2007, 09:25 AM
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Oooh, this is what I wanted! Thanks Carmella.
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Old 11-30-2007, 12:35 PM
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That looks so good! I can't wait to make it.

Thanks Carmella!
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Old 11-30-2007, 12:49 PM
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I have this in the dehydrator now. I can't wait to see how it comes out.

I did have to add extra flax meal to my parmesan, to give it a more crumbly texture.

I will let you know how it turns out
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Old 11-30-2007, 03:15 PM
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Hadassah!!!

So good to 'see' ya!

Oh goodie! Do let us know how you like it!
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Old 12-01-2007, 09:32 PM
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OOOOhhhhhh Carmella


Does that ever sound nummy for my tummy!!!!

Hubby jsut loves the veggies noodles. I actually let him make them. He is kinda like a kid...so I just let him play with his food.
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Old 12-02-2007, 02:10 AM
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This was quite good. Rich and filling.... even my picky daughter liked it, and that is saying a LOT!

Next time I will definitely add more spinach than 2 cups (I love spinach). The marinated mushrooms were heavenly! Don't skimp on them, whatever you do.

I think I over-processed my parmesan because it was not as crumbly as I wanted. However, extra flax meal worked very well to correct my mistake and didn't distract from the cheesy flavor.

Thanks for sharing this recipe... my family and I enjoyed it!
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Old 12-03-2007, 11:54 AM
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I made this last night. Oooooh soooooo yummy.

I didn't have macs, so I used all cashews, otherwise I followed the original recipe. Wow, deliscious and filling. Since its just me, I have lots left over for dinner tonight. Yipeeee!

Thank you Carmi,
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Old 12-03-2007, 03:17 PM
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Oh yay! So glad you girls enjoyed it!

Mmmmmmm... Makes me feel like having pasta for dinner too.
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Old 12-05-2007, 11:55 PM
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OK, Carmella, this was fantastic!
My favorite dish when out at restaurants used to be any creamy pasta dish, so I have had many! But this was WONDERFUL! I bet it would be even better if warmed in the D like it says
Derek was not fond of the mushrooms or spinach but ate several little bowls of the zucchini noodles and sauce This was a first!
So thank you so much for a YUMMY recipe and kid friendly one too!
Oh, I did it as written but no macs, and hemp instead of pine nuts
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I just had to bump this one up. We had it for dinner again and wow. I didn't realize it was that good!

This time, I used cashews only for the sauce and chopped portobello instead of criminis with a little dried tarragon in the marinade. Oh, and I skipped the parmesan.

It was sooooooooo good and so quick to prepare. A new favorite for sure!
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