Don’t even get me started on pasta. I freaking LOVE pasta. I hold no discrimination against shapes, sizes, textures- if it’s pasta, chances are I’m going to enjoy it. Unless you put raw broccoli in it. Then, I’m afraid, I will be requesting a different dinner.
Pasta gets such a bad rep, and I have no idea why. Sure, it has carbs, but so does basically everything else in life! Pasta is a great week day dinner because of the combination of carbs and protein. Pair it with cheese, some vegetables, and another source of protein, and you got yourself a winner.
I’ve always been a big fan of shell pasta, and whenever I see it on the menu at restaurants, I get way too excited. Think “kid in a candy shop” excited. I love how cheese can fit into each piece so easily, and you get a bunch of the flavor all in one bite. Okay, I’m done with my love letter to shell shaped pasta.
For this recipe, I used my favorite kind of shell pasta, the Whole Foods 365 Brand Whole Wheat Shells. These shells have 7g of protein per 2 oz serving, and those 42g of carbs are the good kind of carbs. They fill you up and satisfy your cravings all while tasting amazing. Also, we gotta talk about the Whole Foods Plum Tomato Basil Sauce. I bought this from my local Whole Foods, Whole Foods Del Mar, and I was BLOWN AWAY. Not only does it taste amazing, but it also is very affordable considering the quality and size you get. A small tube of it will last for weeks, so I have quick meals covered thanks to it. Also, you can’t beat the ingredient list: whole plum tomatoes, sweet onions, basil, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, sea salt, black pepper. THAT’S IT.
Okay, enough with my love letter to pasta and that pasta sauce- let’s dig into the recipe.
- 4 oz whole wheat pasta of choice- I used the Whole Foods 365 Brand
- 1 oz feta cheese
- ½ cup pasta sauce of choice- I used the Whole Foods 365 Tomato Basil Brand
- 1 zucchini, sliced
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1.) Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees.
- 2.) In a bowl, toss the zucchini with the olive oil and line on a baking sheet. Stick in the oven for twenty minutes or until the zucchini is to your liking.
- 3.) While the zucchini is cooking, cook your pasta according to the directions. Once the pasta is done, drain the water and keep the noodles in the pot.
- 4.) Place the pot back on the warm burner, turn the burner off, and stir in the sauce + feta cheese. Let the cheese melt, and add more if you want (highly recommend).
- 5.) Once the zucchini and pasta are both done, combine in the pot and toss in anything else you'd like. Serve and enjoy!
*NOTE*- Whole Foods Del Mar provided me with compensation. However, I believe everything I’ve stated and truly love the products.
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