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Easy Whole Wheat Pastas

Pasta is a go-to quick and easy dinner. Whole wheat pasta, which is a September Foods of the Month, gives your meal much more healthy fiber. Are you in a rut with your pasta dishes and need some inspiration? Check out these healthy and tasty options, all involving whole wheat pasta!

Whole Wheat Mac and Cheese – Cook whole wheat pasta, then make a healthier homemade cheese sauce by combining flour, skim milk, reduced-fat butter and a little salt over a stovetop skillet, then add in shredded low-fat cheese. Combine the cheese sauce with the pasta, add peas, mushrooms and top with onions. There is no need to bake this dish, so you can serve immediately.7888839272_60554b332f

Veggie Packed Whole Wheat Pasta – While preparing your favorite whole wheat spaghetti according to instructions, add your favorite veggies like tomatoes, broccoli and garlic to a baking dish. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and top with a little salt. Roast all the veggies at 425 degrees for about 10 minutes, until they begin to brown. Combine spaghetti with the veggies, top with basil and serve with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

Whole Wheat Pasta with Homemade Pesto – Use whole wheat penne in this dish, which involves a quick and simple homemade pesto with less fat that store bought ones. The key to making your own pesto is to toast the pine nuts beforehand. Use a food processor to combine 1 ½ cups of basil leaves, 3 tbsp. olive oil, ½ cup pine nuts, ½ cup parmesan cheese ½ garlic clove, and a splash of water. The end result should be a delicious pesto sauce that is light green in color and is the desired amount for an entire box of pasta (about 7 servings). Add your favorite veggies and lean meats to this healthy dish.

Fiber Filled Whole Wheat Ziti – Substitute whole wheat penne in your favorite ziti dish, and add a layer of spinach for a nutrient packed healthy and hearty meal!

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