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Monday, December 5th, 2011

Healthy Pasta Recipe

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Simple Tortellini with Broccoli & Sun Dried Tomato

 

I don’t usually eat a lot of pasta. I find that most women don’t do well with refined carbohydrates in terms of weight loss and energy so I usually look for more creative types of pasta-inspired dishes that don’t call for refined wheat products.  However, I’m a realist and lets be honest, pasta is tasty!! Plus, when done the right way it can be a really fast, easy and healthy meal to have on occasion!

I’ve had an EXTREMELY busy schedule lately so that’s left me with little time for making recipes. Last week I made huge batches for the week and basically lived on Stewp and smoothies (which helped me shed those extra holiday lbs from Thanksgiving!). This week I found some really lovely Italian tortellini filled with sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan, basil, and a little sea salt. I love using imported Italian pastas not just because they taste amazing (which they do!) but also because they are typically made very simply without any additives, preservatives, or chemicals.

 

 

For this recipe you’ll need:

  • 1/2 box of tortellini
  • 1 head of broccoli, chopped VERY fine
  • 3-4 sun-dried tomato halves sliced thin
  • dash of olive oil
  • sea salt & fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • a squeeze of lemon juice (optional)


 

Boil the tortellini in sea salted water according to the directions on the box. When the pasta is almost done, add the finely chopped broccoli into the pot and boil for another 2 minuets.

 

 

Drain the pasta and add chopped sun-dried tomatoes, a dash of olive oil, sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste. A fresh squeeze of lemon adds a nice touch too!

 

 

This is such a fast, easy meal that makes a great lunch or dinner. It would be perfect for entertaining and kids will love it too! You can actually use any veggies you have on hand; I think sauteed zucchini, mushrooms, and/or peas would make lovely substitutes or additions. Healthy food can still be very delicious and easy to make! It’s so important that we enjoy our food! I hope I can continue to inspire you to make recipes that taste good and are also good for you and your waistline!!

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10 Responses to “Healthy Pasta Recipe”

  1. Tawni Miller December 6, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    This looks so healthy and delicious! Can you tell me the serving size for this recipe and also the nutritional information?

    • Linda December 6, 2011 at 11:48 am #

      This will make enough for 2-3 servings. You can calculate the nutrition info by plugging your ingredients into an online calculator like http://www.fitday.com

  2. Bella December 6, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    Yum! Quick question for you Linda – what are your thoughts on GT’s Organic Kombucha? Does kombucha actually have health benefits?

  3. Yadsia @ShopCookMake December 6, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    Have you tried Gluten Free Pasta? I’m not gluten intolerant, but I use it because it’s made from whole grains. I buy the brown rice kind, it’s delicious and very similar in taste, color and texture to regular white pasta, but much healthier. And I don’t feel guilty after eating a big bowl. Whole wheat pasta upsets my stomach, plus it doesn’t taste good anyway. So I went the gluten free way.

  4. Anonymous December 7, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    Yum!

  5. Faith December 7, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    Yummy! I am always on the hunt for a new recipes with broccoli. This looks delicious.

  6. Anonymous December 14, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

    Where did you buy the pasta?

  7. Anonymous December 17, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    Dan Waganawong, I got it at a local grocery store called Central Market

  8. Aurore November 27, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

    I made this for dinner tonight (using green spinach tortellini with ricotta & spinach inside) and it was soooo good! My husband loved it. I will definitely be making this again. I did make a bit of a sauce for it though, a mix of about 3tbs. butter with 3 tbs. olive oil, heated on low with three cloves of smashed garlic mixed in. It was delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Linda December 3, 2012 at 10:27 am #

      Sounds fantastic!!