Posts tagged ‘pasta’

February 9, 2013

Kale Ricotta Pasta

Delicious and light! I love this as a fancy dinner dish and it has such a classic pesto presentation!


2 handfuls kale

1/2 cup light ricotta cheese

1/2 small onion, minced or 1/2 shallot, minced

2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil


2 cloves garlic

1 cup cooked pasta of your choice, I used wheat ribbed shells

2 tablespoons parmesan


Saute the kale with the oil, garlic, ricotta and oil for three minutes in a pan. Pulse the kale, ricotta, olive oil, garlic, and add some teaspoons of water if it gets too thick. Add the sauce to the wheat pasta and serve after heating everything through in a pan! Add pepper to taste and top off with Parmesan!




August 13, 2012

Balsamic Whole Wheat Orzo Pasta Salad with Tomatoes. Feta, Onion and Spinach

Pasta Salad.

Comforting, delicious.

A carb disaster.

Refined carbs, the ones found in white pastas, are not the best for you and you should try to limit them as much as you can. And now it is so easy to because you can buy whole wheat versions for you and even veggie versions that sneak in vegetables and promote health everywhere! Whole grains are saviors and luckily they are delicious to boot.

I will admit it, I was not a huge fan of whole wheat pasta when they first came to stores. They were grainy, and I had to learn to love the texture. But love it I did and now, they are even more delicious! They are in all grocery stores now and easy to incorporate into your diet. This is a great recipe to take to a BBQ, or to surprise someone with, and as always feel free to adapt this recipe to your tastes! I love the combination of these ingredients together!


Serves 4

1 cup whole wheat orzo

4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 teaspoons olive oil

10 cherry tomatoes, cut in half

2 cups spinach

1/2 cup red onion, sliced

1/2 cup nonfat feta crumbles




Boil orzo in water with the olive oil. Add spinach when you have three minutes of cooking time left. Mix well. Drain when tender according to package instructions. While the pasta is boiling, chop your onion, assemble a pan for your pasta to cool, and cut your tomatoes. After you drain your pasta, chill in the fridge for an hour. Take out chilled pasta with spinach and add tomatoes, balsamic, salt, pepper, and onion. Top with feta.

Mix well. Chill and let the flavors marinate overnight for an even better dish. Mix with 1 teaspoon olive oil before serving!


Hope you like it!