Low Fat Vegan No Oil Dr. McDougall’s Baked Penne Florentine

This is very kid friendly. As I said in the video my kids love it and have seconds every time I make it. My husband and I have to control ourselves and not eat it all in one sitting:) The good thing about making this is that there is no calorie restriction at all with this type of meal. You can eat as much as you want!
It is also great to take with you to a pot luck.. Can be eaten at room temp. Thanks for watching:)

Baked Penne Florentine
This is a delicious baked pasta dish that our grandson, Jaysen, really likes. I serve it to him the way it comes out of the oven, but I like to top mine with a bit of Sriracha Hot Sauce for a little kick. I usually double the recipe when I make it because we all love this so much. It’s great for lunch the next day, too.

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6

8 ounces uncooked whole wheat penne pasta
10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
¼ cup vegetable broth
1 onion, chopped
½ cup raw cashews
1 ¾ cups water
1 15 ounce can white beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon white miso
2 teaspoons lemon juice
¼ teaspoon dry mustard
¼ teaspoon cayenne
½ cup whole wheat bread crumbs

Drop the pasta into a pot of boiling water and cook until just barely tender, about 6 minutes. Drain, place in a bowl and add the spinach. Mix very well. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place the onion and the vegetable broth in a medium non-stick frying pan. Cook, stirring occasionally until onion has softened, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Place the cashews in a food processor and process until finely ground. Add half of the water and blend until smooth. Add the remaining water, the cooked onion, beans, soy sauce, miso, lemon juice, mustard and cayenne. Process until very smooth. Pour this over the pasta and spinach and mix well. Transfer to a covered casserole dish. Sprinkle with bread crumbs. Cover and bake for 45 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Hint: This may be prepared ahead and refrigerated until baking time. Add about 15 minutes to the baking time.

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