For all of you carb-lovers out there, pasta is always in season. But when it’s smack-dab in the middle of summer, a heavy noodle dish may not be your top choice. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways for you to lighten up a few of the classics, while also energizing your health with key vitamins and nutrients.
With asparagus, peas and watercress (plus pasta and parmesan cheese), you really can’t go wrong. Not only is asparagus quick to cook and super flavorful, it’s high in iron, folate, and Vitamins A and K. Not to mention, asparagus is great for digestive health. It’s a prebiotic, which helps to feed the helpful bacteria living in your gut, while also helping with everything from signaling your immune system and keeping digestion in check to producing vital B vitamins.
Let’s not forget about the peas—with high amounts of fiber, vitamins C, K and B—they may be healthy enough to give asparagus a run for its money. And then there’s watercress, a crunchy green that has vitamin C, beta carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and some B vitamins, all wrapped up in a peppery flavor.
Put all of these ingredients together and enjoy a lighter remix on an old favorite:
Summer Pasta Primavera
- 4 ounces whole-grain pasta
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 6 asparagus spears
- 1 small bunch of watercress, chopped
- 1 cup green peas or sugar snap peas, sliced
- Pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cayenne (optional)
- 1 tablespoon cream cheese
- 5-ounce container of plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Cook the pasta according to package directions and set aside.
Trim off the tough ends of the asparagus and slice spears on the diagonal, making 3-inch sections.
Warm a large skillet and add the oil. As soon as the oil simmers, add peas, asparagus and watercress along with the salt and cayenne, if desired. Cook vegetables two to three minutes until soft. Add the pasta to the pan and toss.
Turn heat to low. Stir in cream cheese and yogurt, tossing well to coat vegetables and pasta. Sprinkle on the Parmesan. Serve immediately.
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