Friday, June 01, 2007

Spaghetti with Spinach and Mushrooms

from Vegetarian Times Magazine

serves 6

8 ozs. spaghetti, broken into thirds (I used whole wheat)
1 15 oz. can low-sodium vegetable broth
2 TBS tomato paste
1 TBS harissa or 1 tsp red pepper flakes
1/8 tsp saffron threads
1 lb. mushrooms, quartered
1 clove garlic, minced (about 1 tsp)
1 lb. spinach coarsely chopped (I used baby spinach- no chopping required)
1 15 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Place pasta on a baking sheet and coat with cooking spray. Bake 5 to 7 minutes, or until golden, shaking pan once or twice to brown evenly.

Bring vegetable broth, 2 1/2 cups water, tomato paste, harissa and saffron to a simmer in saucepan. Reduce heat to low and keep warm.

Heat a large stockpot over medium-high heat and coat with cooking spray. Add mushrooms, and cook 7 minutes, or until browned. Stir in garlic; and cook 1 minute more. Reduce heat to medium and stir in pasta and 2 cups hot broth. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed, stirring frequently. Add spinach, chickpeas and remaining broth. Cook 4 to 5 minutes more, or until noodles are tender and most of broth is absorbed, stirring constantly. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

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