Quick and Skinny Broccoli Kale Pasta Bake – Weeknight Dinner : Take the guessing away from weeknight’s dinner with this warm and extremely delicious pasta bake. It’s filled with green goodness with a surprise kick of spice.Do you stress about ‘Weeknight Dinner’ ? Oh, I’m always stressing about it especially after all the weekend binging that we do hence I’m constantly thinking of eating more greens for the next few days. That’s exactly when this ‘Quick and Skinny Broccoli Kale Pasta Bake – Weeknight Dinner’ comes to rescue and we must have made this recipe endless times !! Now, if you’re thinking what’s so new about this pasta bake, well first it’s a lighter version than our regular cheesy pasta bakes and second, the sauce contains cashew powder which gives it a creamy and delicious flavor. Trust me ‘cashew powder’ is a magical thing, add it to whatever recipe you want (smoothies / curry / bakes /) and it gives this rich creamy taste without adding many calories. Which I feel is truly Awesome !
The best part is you can make the cashew powder at home, just grind a handful of raw or roasted (saltless) cashews together and here you go, you are ready with a 100% natural ingredient that is super yum and you can pop it into an air-tight jar for later use too. For this pasta, I made a lighter version of white sauce (also known as ‘roux’ in the culinary world) at home and it’s super simple. All I did was use half vegetable oil and half butter to make the sauce (which cuts down the calorie instead of using all butter).
If you’are not a fan of kale or if it’s not easily available, you may use spinach or any other leafy vegetables of choice. At time’s when I know that next day is going to be extremely hectic (you can call crazy too), I usually follow these steps and prep a night before:
1. Boil the pasta, add some olive oil (so they don’t stick) and keep in an air-tight container in the fridge.
2. I saute the broccoli-kale mix a night before and keep in an air-tight jar.
3. Also, try make the white sauce before hand (you can keep it for 2-3 days in the fridge).
Now, if I’ve followed all the above steps, dinner becomes a breeze as all I’ve to is mix everything together, sprinkle some homemade or store-bought bread crumbs (for that extra crunch and texture) and bake for 15 minutes at 190F. In those 15 minutes that the pasta is baking, you can take a quick shower / change or simply unwind as your dinner is ready which includes delicious greens, nuts and packed with fantastic flavors.
Give this ‘Quick and Skinny Broccoli Kale Pasta Bake – Weeknight Dinner’ a try this week and enjoy with family. Until next time ~ XoXo