Cook the pasta shells according to package directions until barely al dente. Drain and rinse in cold water. Marinara sauce: bring a medium saucepan of water to the boil. Make a small incision with a knife in the stem end of each tomato and blanch them for 30 seconds. Drain and transfer to a bowl of ice water. Slip the skins off, place the tomatoes in a large sealable plastic bag and press down until they squash somewhat, do not mash completely. Pour the oil into a medium saucepan on medium heat and fry the onion, carrots, celery and garlic for 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, salt, pepper and oregano, cover and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain, pressing the vegetables to extract the juices but do not crush. This should yield 2 cups of sauce. Reserve the pressed vegetables left in the sieve to use in the filling. The filling: puree 1 1/2 cups of the beans in a food processor until creamy. Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium heat and fry the onion and mushrooms for 5 minutes. Stir in the pureed beans, reserved vegetables from the marinara sauce and the remaining 1/2 cup of whole beans. Season with the cayenne, cumin and lemon juice. Remove from the heat and set aside. Assemble the shells, preheat the oven to 350F. Pour the marinara sauce into a 9 x 9 inch baking pan. Fill each cooked pasta shell with a heaped teaspoonful of the filling and line them up in the pan. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. The vegetables: just before the shells are finished baking, toss the spinach with the cardamom and salt. Pour the lemon juice into a high sided skillet on medium heat and cook the spinach until just limp. To serve, arrange a bed of spinach on each serving plate and top with 4 shells. Pour the sauce from baking dish into a small saucepan, stir in the slurry, bring to a boil and stir until thickened and clear - about 30 seconds. Pour the thickened sauce over the pasta and spinach. Garnish with a sprinkling of the parmesan cheese.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (2639g)|
|Recipe Makes: 1 servings|
|Calories from Fat: 85 (26%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 9.5g||13 %|
|Saturated Fat 4.7g||23 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 2.6g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 1.2g|
|Cholesterol 22mg||7 %|
|Sodium 474.1mg||16 %|
|Potassium 2509.1mg||66 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 49.9g||15 %|
|Dietary Fiber 13.6g||54 %|
|Sugars, other 36.3g|
|Protein 19g||27 %|
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Calories per serving: 326
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