Athenian Pasta Primavera

May/June 2008, EatingWell for a Healthy Heart Cookbook (2008)

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This Greek-inspired pasta dish features zucchini, bell pepper, peas, fresh mint and feta. Cherry tomatoes and chopped kalamata olives also work well.

"Quick, easy, and perfect as written. Tastes so fresh! "
Athenian Pasta Primavera Recipe

Makes: 8 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each

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  • 2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 medium zucchini, trimmed, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound whole-wheat penne
  • 1 1/2 cups baby peas, (if frozen, rinse under warm water and drain)
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese, (4 ounces)


  1. Put a large pot of water on to boil.
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is beginning to brown, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add bell pepper and zucchini to the onion. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables are just beginning to soften, 3 minutes. Stir in garlic and continue cooking until fragrant, 1 minute more. Stir in wine and pepper; simmer until most of the wine has evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, cook penne in the boiling water according to the package directions, until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid. Return the pasta to the pot.
  5. Stir the reserved cooking liquid and the vegetables into the pasta along with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, peas, mint and feta.


Per serving: 305 calories; 6 g fat (3 g sat, 3 g mono); 13 mg cholesterol; 51 g carbohydrates; 10 g protein; 8 g fiber; 326 mg sodium; 236 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (75% daily value).

Carbohydrate Servings: 3

Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat

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