Whole-Wheat Pasta Shells with Spicy Tomato Pesto and Winter Greens
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, packed without oil
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 3 cups trimmed Swiss chard, sliced into 1/2-inch strips
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 8 cups hot cooked (about 4 cups uncooked) whole-wheat pasta shells
- 4 teaspoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese
To prepare pesto, combine boiling water and sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl; let stand 30 minutes or until soft. Drain tomatoes in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/2 cup liquid.
Drop tomatoes, almonds, cheese, basil, and garlic through food chute with food processor on; process until minced. Keeping processor on, add salt and red pepper. Slowly pour 1 1/2 tablespoons oil through food chute; process until well-blended, scraping sides. Add reserved soaking liquid 1 tablespoon at a time until mixture appears smooth. Set aside.
To prepare greens, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook 10 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Add Swiss chard; stir-fry 1 minute or until leaves turn bright green. Add water, salt, and pepper; cover and cook 2 minutes.
Combine pesto and hot cooked pasta in a large bowl; toss well. Add greens mixture; toss well. Sprinkle with Parmesan.
- Yield: Serves 5 (serving size: 2 cups)
Whole-wheat pastas have a firmer, chewier texture than white-flour pastas, and a robust flavor that stands up well to strong-flavored olive oil-based sauces or pestos.
|Calories per serving:||355|
|Calories from fat:||30%|
|Fat per serving:||12.4g|
|Saturated fat per serving:||2.6g|
|Monounsaturated fat per serving:||7.1g|
|Polyunsaturated fat per serving:||1.6g|
|Protein per serving:||14.3g|
|Carbohydrates per serving:||51.9g|
|Fiber per serving:||6.6g|
|Cholesterol per serving:||5mg|
|Iron per serving:||2.9mg|
|Sodium per serving:||608mg|
|Calcium per serving:||147mg|