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This one-dish dinner– Penne with Almonds-Ricotta Cheese and a Green Vegetable (broccoli, kale, or spinach combines well) is so delicious, your family will never know it’s filled with amazing good-for-you ingredients. For you, my dears, a serving is 250 calories, much lower than it tastes! My husband enjoys double servings. Include a tossed salad with seedless grapes and Tuscan melon.
Ingredients serve 4:
Any number of crowns of broccoli (or any other green vegetable)
Small package of sliced almonds
6 oz. multigrain penne pasta
1 T. extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp. minced fresh thyme
1 shallot, minced
1 tsp. grated lemon zest
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 fat free or low fat ricotta cheese
salt/pepper or a shake of Mrs. Dash (sodium-free seasoning)
Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add broccoli, kale, or whatever greens you like, and boil until just tender. Put a fork in the broccoli to test. Use a slotted spoon to move vegetables to a colander, but use the water (which contains vitamins) for cooking the pasta according to directions on the box. Friends, remember that whole wheat pasta takes fewer minutes to cook than white pasta, so watch the clock. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Turning your attention to the colander containing drained greens, add 1 T. olive oil, thyme, shallot, Mrs Dash’s,and zest. Toss to coat. Mix in Parmesan and ricotta cheese. Spray (with butter spray) a baking dish, transfer mixture, and bake about 20 minutes. It will be crispy on top. Serve and graciously accept all compliments.