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Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Whole wheat pasta for Sunday dinner

Sunday dinner in my family is always pasta, so to make it healthy, I choose whole wheat pasta. There are a huge variety of whole wheat-style pastas available now and, when combined with loads of veggies and fresh sauce, you get a can’t miss Sunday night dinner.

Whole wheat pasta

Whole Wheat spaghetti Caprese

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups fresh mozzarella, chopped
  • 4 plum tomatoes, chopped

Directions:

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil; when water boils, add pasta and cook to desired consistency.
  2. Meanwhile, combine basil with oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper; stir to combine well.
  3. When pasta is cooked, drain well and mix in cheese and tomatoes; pour sauce over the pasta and gently toss; serve hot.

Mushroom, Spinach, and Chicken Rigatoni

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound whole wheat rigatoni
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 3 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup Italian-style breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • Parmesan cheese to taste

Directions:

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil; when water boils, add pasta and cook to desired consistency.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet and place chicken breasts in the skillet. Cook chicken 10 minutes per side, or until chicken is fully cooked.
  3. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside; add mushrooms and spinach and sauté until tender; add breadcrumbs, butter, and chicken broth; cook until sauce is reduced.
  4. Cut chicken into pieces and add into sauce. Drain pasta and pour into sauce; toss well to coat pasta.
  5. Spoon pasta into a serving bowl and top with cheese.

Shrimp and Asparagus Tortellini

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound whole wheat tortellini
  • 1/2 cup Italian dressing
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 pound asparagus, cleaned and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 3/4 pounds cleaned and cooked shrimp

Directions:

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil; when water boils, add pasta and cook to desired consistency.
  2. Meanwhile, add dressing and garlic to a skillet and heat over medium heat; mix in tomatoes and asparagus and cook a few minutes until tender.
  3. Add basil and shrimp and cook until heated through. Drain pasta and add to skillet with sauce; toss well to coat pasta; spoon into a serving bowl.

Cooking with kids: Make pasta

In today's Daily Dish on SheKnows.com, Shay Pausa is joined by Maria Helm Sinskey and her daughter, Alex, to show us how to make pasta! The Daily Dish with Shay Pausa!

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