Pasta and Broccolini in a Smoked Gouda Sauce

Ingredients:

8 oz. uncooked good quality pasta

1 bunch broccolini, cleaned and chopped (shave stems if needed)

3/4 cup (6 oz.) 2% milk (soy milk makes it sweeter)

6 oz. smoked gouda, shredded

• 1 can of cannellini beans, drained

• 1 tsp stone ground mustard

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 Tbsp. minced fresh tarragon

Pinch of cayenne pepper

1/8 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

Zest from one lemon

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1. Prepare pasta as directed. One minute before the pasta is finished cooking, add broccolini. Drain pasta and broccolini and set aside.

2. While the pasta is cooking, heat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in remaining ingredients (minus beans) and whisk until smooth. Add cannellini beans. Adjust seasoning to taste.

3. Combine pasta and sauce in a serving dish and stir to ensure that the pasta is evenly coated. Let sit for two minutes, stir again, and serve. Sprinkle with crushed red pepper.

Author: 2birds1scone

My name is Shayla and I talk about food. A lot. I live in Brooklyn, NY where I work as a data nerd in the startup world. As much as I wish I could say I've been a healthy vegetarian for the past 8 years, I can't. I started off as many veg's do: eating primarily processed soy products, pasta, and pizza. I also brought meat back into my diet when I started a job in catering. When I realized that cutting out meat didn't make me feel any better and I was still gaining weight, I decided I needed to make some major changes. I started experimenting and researching; I found that the fresher the food was, the more I enjoyed it. I believe we are what we eat. How we feel and what we eat is so profoundly interconnected. It's impossible to exclude factors like diet and lifestyle when you are trying feel better overall. I understand how difficult eating (or just finding) healthy food can be which brings me to this blog. I aspire to help people make healthy living easier. 2birds1scone is a place for suggestions, inspiration and shared information. It's about bringing healthier perspectives to every part of your life. Please feel free to submit your thoughts and recipes! Namaste. "One choice at a time, with intention and compassion for our selves and our planet, we can eat clean and live well." -Terry Walters

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