This flavor-packed healthy pasta recipe gets a nutritional boost from broccolini, heart healthy olive oil, and whole wheat spaghetti
I recently came across a great recipe for garlic shrimp spaghetti that caught my eye. I made a few modifications to put a healthy twist on it. Check it out below:
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil*
10 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 pound whole wheat spaghetti, linguine, or other pasta
2/3 cup chopped parsley
grated Parmesan cheese
Rinse shrimp and pat dry.
Boil salted water. Add whole wheat spaghetti to boiling water and cook until
al dente according to package directions. Drain and return to the pot.
Meanwhile, in a skillet, heat olive oil over low heat and cook the garlic, salt, and hot pepper flakes, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes or until the garlic is golden.
Increase the heat to medium-high and add the shrimp; stir-fry for about 3
minutes or until the shrimp have turned a light pink. Don't overcook or the
shrimp will become tough.
Put broccolini in a pan. Cover the vegetables with water, put a lid on the pan, and cook on the stove at medium heat until tender.
Pour the shrimp mixture over cooked spaghetti, add the broccolini, chopped parsley, and grated parmesan. Toss well and serve immediately.
* Use a good brand of olive oil. You will taste the difference!
And remember 1 cup of whole wheat spaghetti is a proper portion so don’t go overboard with your serving size! Start the meal with a salad (dressing on the side) and enjoy!
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