Monday, May 2, 2011

Spinach-Marinara Pasta with Shitake Mushrooms

Super power-up your pasta with this delicious recipe for Spinach-Marinara Pasta with Shitake Mushrooms.  Everyone in the family loved this dish.  Packed with nutrition and flavor. Shitake mushrooms have been used medicinally for more than 6,000 years. They have healing benefits, the ability to power-up the immune system to fight infection and disease.  The lentinan in the mushrooms have the ability to fight influenza and other viruses.
Among the World's Healthiest vegetables, spinach comes out at the top of the ranking list for nutrient richness.Rich in vitamins and minerals and an excellent support for your bones with its calcium and magnesium.
In the area of food and phytonutrient research, nothing has been hotter in the last several years than studies on the lycopene in tomatoes. This carotenoid found in tomatoes (and everything made from them) has been extensively studied for its antioxidant and cancer-preventing properties.
Spinach-Marinara Pasta with Shitake Mushrooms
Serves 4

1 cup chopped shitake mushrooms (fresh or re-hydrated dried)
1/3 cup sliced yellow onion
1 Tbsp. diced jalapeno
1 tsp. olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic & oregano
1/8-1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 cup frozen or fresh spinach
1 tsp. agave nectar
whole grain pasta (cook according to package) I used brown rice noodles.

1).  Saute mushrooms, onions and jalapeno in olive oil.  Salt & pepper to taste. If you use dried shitake mushrooms, soak in water for 6 hours to completely rehydrate them before use. 

2.)  Add canned tomatoes, agave & cayenne pepper.

3.)  Simmer for 10 minutes.  Add spinach and heat until spinach is either unfrozen or fresh spinach is wilted.

4.)  Serve over whole-grain pasta of your choice.
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5 comments:

  1. Awesome! I've done something like this before without the Agave. I'll bet that added sweetness helps prevent heartburn.

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  2. Nice and chunky. Looks great, and I love finding more uses for mushrooms!

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  3. This looks awesome! Not only do I love that you made your sauce from scratch which to me is always extra yummy, but its got some of my favorite things in it! I have totally bought tomatoes that were "high lycopene" but wasnt really sure what was so special about it. So THANK YOU for an awesome recipe and for educating me on health! I love it! and I love you!! Passing this delicious looking recipe along to my readers!

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  4. Mmmm that looks SO good!!! The sauce looks delicious!

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