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Whole wheat pasta contains important B vitamins that can help provide your body with energy to feel your best. Whole grains are also a great source of fiber which may offer protection from heart disease.
Tomatoes are a great source of lycopene. Lycopene may help reduce inflammation within the body and help protect the immune system.
Cook Pasta Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Remove from heat and strain in colander. Set aside.
Cook Onion, Garlic, & Spinach In a large skillet, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Once the oil begins to pop slightly, add the onion and garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes until onion is translucent. Add the spinach and cook until wilted.
Add Remaining Ingredients To the skillet, add the crushed tomatoes, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Add the cream cheese and stir until melted and evenly combined.
Combine Pasta with Sauce & Serve Add the pasta back to the large pot. Carefully pour the sauce over the top. Stir until evenly coated. Serve warm with parmesan cheese and fresh basil.
Replace the pasta with a gluten-free version or a bean-based pasta.
Replace the cream cheese with a vegan cream cheese; parmesan cheese has low levels of lactose, but can be replaced with vegan cheese or nutritional yeast if bothersome.
Onion and garlic are sometimes problematic with asthma patients as they can cause gas which can make it difficult to breathe. Try replacing the whole garlic and onion with dried versions to reduce the amount of gas produced in the body. Use about ½ tablespoon dried onion and 1 teaspoon of dried garlic.
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