Enjoy a quick, guilt-free, and nutrient-rich pasta dish. Asparagus is a great source of folate, which is crucial for heart health.

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Yield:
serves 4 (serving size: 1 cup)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place bell pepper halves, skin sides up, on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; flatten with hand. Broil 15 minutes or until blackened. Place in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand until cool. Peel and chop.

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

  • Rub both sides of bread with garlic halves; brush with oil. Mince garlic; set aside. Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat; add bread. Cook 45 seconds per side or until lightly brown.

  • Combine bell peppers, bread, garlic, almonds, vinegar, and crushed red pepper in a food processor. Process until smooth. Combine pasta and sauce in a large bowl; toss gently to coat. Garnish with parsley.

Nutrition Facts

396 calories; calories from fat 30%; fat 14g; saturated fat 1g; mono fat 8g; poly fat 3g; protein 12g; carbohydrates 58g; fiber 7g; cholesterolmg; iron 4mg; sodium 48mg; calcium 80mg.