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Rigatoni with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Pesto and Olives


Rigatoni with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Pesto and Olives

I’m always looking for new ways to serve large shapes of pasta. I’ve got the penne, fusilli and shell shapes down pretty good, but I find shapes like rigatoni more of a challenge to balance with other ingredients.  I’ve concluded that rigatoni just needs a few strong flavors such as olives, sun-dried tomatoes and lemon zest to be special.

Rigatoni with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Pesto and Olives

(From “The Smart Shopper Diabetes Cookbook”, p. 117)

Servings: Serving Size: 3/4 cup  Prep Time: 15 minutes  Standing time: 20 minutes

8 ounces rigatoni (preferably whole wheat)
olive oil cooking spray
1/2 cup diced onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup sliced rehydrated sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
1/2 cup dry white wine
4 tablespoons bottled pesto sauce
2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
1/4 cup pitted, coarsely chopped Kalamata olives
2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest
freshly ground black pepper to taste

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the rigatoni and cook for 8-10 minutes until al dente.

2. Meanwhile coat a large skillet with cooking spray.  Sauté the onion and garlic over medium heat for about 6 minutes.  Add the sun-dried tomatoes and sauté for 2 minutes.  Add the wine and cook until wine is almost evaporated.

3. Drain the pasta, reserving about 1/3 cup pasta water.  Set the pasta aside.  Add the pasta water to the onion mixture and cook for 1 minute.  Add in the pesto, pine nuts and olives, and lemon zest. Season with pepper.  Add the rigatoni and toss well.

2 Starch
1 Vegetable
1 1/2 Fat

Calories                                245
Calories from Fat                 70
Total Fat                              8.0 g
Saturated Fat                         1.0 g
Trans Fat                               0.0 g
Cholesterol                         0 mg
Sodium                                235 mg
Potassium                          260 mg
Total Carbohydrate       36 g
Dietary Fiber                         5 g
Sugars                                     4 g
Protein                                 7 g
Phosphorus                      130 mg

Copyright © 2013 by Robyn Webb. From The Smart Shopper Diabetes Cookbook.  Reprinted with permission from The American Diabetes Association.  Photography: Renee Comet. To order this book call 1-800-232-6733 or order online at www.shopdiabetes.org .

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