Rotini with spicy red pepper and almond sauce
Makes 4 servings.
8 ounces whole-wheat rotini (spiral) pasta
1/2 cup whole natural almonds, unsalted
1 jar (12 ounces) roasted red peppers
1 tablespoon garlic, roughly chopped (about 2 to 3 cloves)
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon dried basil or parsley
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Ground black pepper, to taste
- In a 4-quart saucepan, bring 3 quarts of water to a boil over high heat.
- Add pasta, and cook according to package directions for the shortest recommended time, about 10 minutes. Drain pasta.
- While the pasta cooks, toast almonds in a toaster oven or regular oven at 350 degrees until lightly toasted, about 5 to 8 minutes. Set aside to cool.
- Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, add roasted red peppers and liquid, garlic, cayenne pepper, paprika, basil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Add cooled almonds to the sauce in the processor. Pulse until the almonds are chunky.
- After draining the pasta, return to pot. Add almond sauce. Toss until pasta is well-coated.
- Divide into four equal portions (about 2 cups each).
Tip: Try adding chicken or seafood—or, for a vegetarian meal, just add cooked lima beans or edamame (green soybeans).
Serving size: 2 cups pasta. Amount per serving: 322 calories, 10g total fat (1g saturated fat), 0m cholesterol, 383mg sodium, 9g total fiber, 12g protein, 49g carbohydrates, 47mg potassium Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute