Heart Healthy Firefighter Recipes: SUMMER VEGETABLE SPAGHETTI

This lively pasta dish contains no added fat or oil, is low in cholesterol, and is good hot or cold.

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups small yellow onions, cut in eighths
2 cups chopped, peeled, fresh, ripe tomatoes (about 1 lb)
2 cups thinly sliced yellow and green squash (about 1 lb)
1½ cups fresh chopped bell peppers (about 1/2 lb)
2/3 cup water
2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp salt
black pepper to taste
1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
1 lb uncooked spaghetti
½ cup grated parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine first 10 ingredients in large saucepan; cook for 10 minutes and then stir in tomato paste. Cover and cook gently for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until vegetables are tender.
  2. Cook spaghetti in unsalted water according to package directions.
  3. Spoon sauce over drained hot spaghetti and sprinkle parmesan cheese over top.

Serves 9 (Serving size: 1 cup spaghetti and ¾ cup sauce with vegetables)
Nutritional information: 279 calories; 3g fat; 1g saturated fat; 4mg cholesterol; 173mg sodium

Courtesy of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute

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