As I’ve said before, we aren’t big pasta eaters in this family, but we do love the combination of shrimp and pasta. Now that you can buy whole wheat pasta (not whole wheat blend, but whole wheat), I’m on board with the whole idea.
This recipe from Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook was a terrific alternative to the higher calorie recipes you often see for pasta recipes. Fresh basil and a nice white wine really add flavor to the sauce.
This recipe is just 25 calories over my commitment to bring you recipes under 400 calories for the holiday months. I already had this in the blog post queue, and it was so close in calories, and such a complete meal of protein and veggies, I decided to post it.
Happy, healthy cooking!
- 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 pound asparagus, thin spears, cut into 2" pieces
- 8 ounces linguine
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 8 roma tomatoes, chopped
- 2 tbs tomato paste
- 1/3 cup white wine
- 1 tbs butter
- 2 tbs shredded fresh basil (I used more)
- Cook pasta according to the package directions.
- In large non-stick skillet cook garlic over medium heat for a few seconds. Then add tomato and tomato paste and cook another 3 minutes.
- Add asparagus, wine and salt and pepper to your taste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for another 3 minutes.
- Add shrimp and cook until opaque.
- Stir in butter and basil.
What’s good for me in this dish?
Shrimp is low in fat, and higher in cholesterol; however, studies show that it can raise HDL and triglyceride levels. It has B12 for hearth health, omega-3 fatty acids for anti-inflammatory effects, and antioxidants selnium, copper and zinc.
Asparagus tops the charts in vitamin K and folate. It’s also a good source of vitamins C and A. Folate is essentail for a healthy cardiovascular system. Asparagus also contains potassium, making it a natural diuretic.
Calories 425, 9g fat, 529mg sodium, 5g fiber
Weight Watchers Points 8
Nutrition details obtained from whfoods.org, nutritiondata.com, about.com, and abouthomecooking.com I am not a licensed nutritionist, nor a medical professional, and do not mean this information as medical or nutrition advice. See your medical professional if you have questions regarding your nutritional needs.