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Health Information Heart Healthy Pasta Recipe

Red Hot Fusilli

This lively dish is low in saturated fat and free of cholesterol.
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
  • 4 cups ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 1 Tbsp oregano leaves, crushed (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • to taste ground red pepper or cayenne
  • 8 oz uncooked fusilli pasta (4 cups cooked)
  • 1/2 lb (optional) cooked chicken breasts, diced into 1/2-inch pieces (3/4 lb if raw)

1. Heat oil in medium saucepan. Sauté garlic and parsley until golden.

2. Add tomatoes and spices. Cook uncovered over low heat for 15 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently. If desired, add chicken and continue cooking for 15 minutes until chicken is heated through and sauce is thick.

3. Cook pasta in unsalted water until firm.

4. To serve, spoon sauce over pasta and sprinkle with coarsely chopped parsley. Serve hot as a main dish and cold for next day's lunch.

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1 cup

Each serving provides:

Calories: 293

Total fat: 5 g

Saturated fat: 1 g

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Sodium: 168 mg

Total fiber: 4 g

Protein: 9 g

Carbohydrates: 54 g

Potassium: 489 mg

Each serving with chicken provides:

Calories: 391

Total fat: 8 g

Saturated fat: 1 g

Cholesterol: 48 mg

Sodium: 211 mg

Total fiber: 4 g

Protein: 27 g

Carbohydrates: 54 g

Postassium: 629 mg

This recipe is from the “Keep the Beat” Heart Healthy Recipes developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to help Americans keep their heartbeat strong.

This recipe’s not only good for the heart, it’s good for the whole body, so make it one of your family favorites.

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