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Buttons and Bows Pasta

Try this light and refreshing bowtie pasta dish with peas and carrots.

Number of servings: 4

INGREDIENTS

2 cups dry whole-wheat bowtie pasta (farfalle) (8 ounces)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon garlic, minced (about 1 clove)

1 bag (16 ounces) frozen peas and carrots

2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, rinsed, dried and chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)

1 medium lemon, rinsed, for 1 teaspoon zest (use a grater to take a thin layer of skin off the lemon)

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS

1. In a 4-quart saucepan, bring 3 quarts of water to a boil over high heat.

2. Add pasta, and cook according to package directions. Drain.

3. Meanwhile, heat olive oil and garlic over medium heat in a large sauté pan. Cook until soft, but not browned.

4. Add peas and carrots. Cook gently until the vegetables are heated through.

5. In a bowl, combine chicken broth and cornstarch. Mix well. Add to pan with vegetables, and bring to a boil. Simmer gently for 1 minute.

6. Add parsley, pasta, lemon zest and pepper. Toss gently, and cook until the pasta is hot.

7. Serve 2 cups of pasta and vegetables per portion.

Per serving: 329 calories, 6 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 127 mg sodium, 9 g fiber, 13 g protein, 59 g carbohydrates, 331 mg potassium, 220 percent vitamin A, 25 percent vitamin C, 6 percent calcium, 10 percent iron.

Recipe courtesy of the National Heart, Lung, and
Blood Institute.