Light, Summer Pasta

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Dear Diary,

Pasta is good ALL THE TIME.  But when summer heats up, I crave lighter dishes– the kind that won’t make me feel sluggish in the humidity, and helps me to feel nourished and full without feeling heavy.    This Light, Summer Pasta dish is full of fiber, vegetables, and flavor– without the extra calories.  It is creamy and tangy (kind of resembling alfredo sauce), but with none of that heavy cream and butter.  Thank goodness for ricotta– it’s sweet and creamy and full of protein! The thought of eating pasta during the summer months, used to scare me– but I love that today I was sitting by the pool– and tonight, I can eat some delicious pasta and know that it is actually a well-rounded and healthy dish!   Bikini season, here I come!

LIGHT SUMMER PASTA sfg diary

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

  • pasta (I go with barilla protein pasta)
  • 3 handfuls of spinach
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • bundle of string beans
  • container of grape tomatoes (cut into halves)
  • 4 tbsps (big tablespoons) of fat free ricotta

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO

  • boil the pasta until cooked (set aside)
  • in a large sauce pan add the olive oil and garlic cloves (minced) on a low heat
  • steam the string beans
  • when the garlic becomes translucent add the string beans, tomatoes and spinach cook until the spinach begins to welt
  • add in the ricotta and salt and pepper (a couple pinches worth)
  • mix together and add the pasta!
  • eat it all… :)

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Feel free to experiment/substitute with any vegetables your body is craving.  This pasta is so delicious and rich– but guilt-free for summer! You’re welcome SFG’s!  Tell us-  what are you craving this summer?!

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