Asparagus is a superfood when it comes to providing vitamin K, which is crucial for blood clotting. It is also a great source of potassium, which helps muscle contractions, including the heart.


Credit: Randy Mayor

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8 servings (serving size: 1 1/3 cups)


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  • Preheat broiler.

  • Cut bell pepper in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 15 minutes or until blackened. Place in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 10 minutes. Peel and cut into strips.

  • Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.

  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add garlic, and cook for 1 minute. Add mushrooms; cook 4 minutes or until liquid evaporates. Add bell pepper, crushed red pepper, and the next 5 ingredients (through tomatoes). Bring to a simmer; cook for 7 minutes. Stir in asparagus; cook 4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Combine mushroom mixture, pasta, and 1/4 cup cheese in a large bowl, tossing well to combine. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup cheese over pasta.

Nutrition Facts

124 calories; calories from fat 29%; fat 4g; saturated fat 1.7g; mono fat 1g; poly fat 0.4g; protein 7.1g; carbohydrates 16.5g; fiber 3.7g; cholesterol 10mg; iron 2.4mg; sodium 456mg; calcium 104mg.