Put Pasta on Your Plate

A favorite ingredient in Italian cuisine, pasta not only tastes great, it's good for you too.

Whether it's fettuccine or fusilli, pasta is a perfect choice when looking for healthy meal ideas. Pasta is low in fat and packed with micronutrients such as vitamin B and thiamin, which contributes to healthy organ function. Looking for a good source of folate, fiber and protein? It's just a forkful of whole grain spaghetti away.

Now That's Using Your Noodle

Those who participate in activities that require a lot of energy often reach for a box of noodles. Pasta is rich in carbohydrates that are your body's primary source of fuel. So whether it's a run after work or team sports on the weekend, you and your body will be ready to go after polishing off a balanced meal that includes pasta and your favorite vegetables or fruits.

Let's Get Cooking

Best of all, pasta is extremely versatile in the kitchen, and inexpensive, allowing cooks to create any number of variations using their favorite ingredients. Bow tie pasta or “farfalle” is divine in this Bow Ties in Sausage and Pepper Sauce. Are you more of a fan of long and skinny noodles? If so, try this Primavera Chicken Linguini recipe that makes getting vitamins and minerals easy and delicious. With more than 600 shapes of pasta to choose from, the culinary capability of pasta is endless. So, put pasta on your plate today!


Bow Ties in Sausage and Pepper Sauce

Bow Ties


  • 6 oz. dry bow tie pasta
  • 12 oz. sweet Italian sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 medium onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 2 red, yellow and/or green bell peppers, cut into thin strips
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) Contadina® Diced Tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 oz.) Contadina® Garlic & Onion Tomato Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  • Toasted pine nuts or sliced almonds, optional

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Primavera Chicken Linguini



  • 8 oz. dry linguini pasta
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 24 oz.), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 1 cup green or yellow bell pepper strips
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) Contadina® Diced Tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (6 oz.) Contadina® Tomato Paste
  • Crumbled feta or Parmesan cheese, optional

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