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Happy Heart Pasta Primavera

No recipe image available."I wanted to put together an easy dish that was heart healthy and at the same time would be a favorite for the entire family. I started with a family choice of pasta, and then added my favorite heart-wise foods. Everyone loves it!" - Marci B., Lake Placid, Florida.

Recipe Ingredients:

8 ounces whole wheat rotini pasta
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 carrot, sliced
1 small yellow squash, sliced
1 cup broccoli florets
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 1/2 cups small frozen cooked shrimp, thawed
1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Cooking Directions:

  1. Prepare the pasta according to package directions. Drain and place in a large serving bowl.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  3. Add the carrot, squash, broccoli, black pepper, and crushed red pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes longer, or until crisp-tender.
  4. Stir in the shrimp and tomatoes and cook for 3 minutes, or until heated through. Pour over the pasta and sprinkle with the cheese.

Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): 296 calories, 103 calories from fat, 12 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 7 g monounsaturated fat, 2 g polyunsaturated fat, 36 mg cholesterol, 126 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrates, 6 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 12 g protein.

Recipe excerpted from WomenHeart's All Heart Family Cookbook: Featuring the 40 Foods Proven to Promote Heart Health by Kathy Kastan, LCSW, MA ED, and Suzanne Banfield, PhD, with Wendy Leonard and the Members of WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.