Whole Grain Thin Spaghetti with Kale, Asparagus and Lemon

This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and Barilla

Thin Spaguetti with kale Hi guys! I thought we could chat a bit about whole grain pasta today. I’m a fan of the taste, texture, and nutritional value of Barilla® Whole Grain Pasta. According to Barilla®, their pastas are made with 51% whole wheat and are an all-natural and excellent source of fiber, delivering three times the fiber of regular pasta.

As a mom, I like to incorporate as many nutritious, family-friendly meals as possible into our menus, and I am always very happy to add a new dish to the list. I am very excited that I’ve been finding more ways to incorporate whole grain into our diets, and Barilla® Whole Grain pasta is a great way to do it. You can choose from many types of whole grain pasta, such as Linguine, Thin Spaghetti, Spaghetti, Medium Shells, Rotini, and Penne. Barilla Whole Grain pasta BlogHer and Barilla® sent me three boxes of varying types of whole grain pasta, and I needed to create a recipe using one of them. I wanted to do something a little different from a traditional pasta with tomato sauce, while keeping the dish light and vegetarian-friendly.

I often find myself rushing around on weeknights, trying to throw together a healthy and appealing meal. I know a lot of moms regularly find themselves in a similar position, so I hope this recipe helps! I decided to make a healthy, flavorful dish using Barilla® Thin Whole Grain Spaghetti. The sauce is simply olive oil, organic kale, garlic, organic asparagus, lemon, organic grape tomatoes, feta cheese and spices. Asparagus and kale are the base of this dish, but there is quite a lot going on beyond those textures and flavors. You get a bite of tang from the lemon, heat from the red pepper flakes, while the fresh grape tomatoes, parsley, and feta cheese cool things down, and the touch of ground cumin adds just enough earthiness to balance everything out. Kale The verdict: This meatless, whole grain pasta dish is a knockout and one of my new favorite recipes to make for my family! I love the array of colors, textures and flavors in this dish. I also know I am doing something good for my family and myself with this healthy meal.

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Recipe for:

Barilla® Whole Grain Thin Spaghetti with Kale, Asparagus and Lemon Ingredients:

(4 servings)

1 pound Barilla® Whole Grain Thin Spaghetti.
1 bunch organic kale, chopped (remove the tough stems).
6 tablespoons olive oil.
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes or to your taste.
5 garlic cloves, minced.
1 bunch asparagus, cut into small pieces.
1 pint organic grape tomatoes, halved.
3 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped.
Juice of 3 lemons.
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin.
Salt and pepper.
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled.

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the spaghetti and cook according to the package directions, stirring occasionally. One minute before the pasta is done, add the kale to the pot of cooking pasta. Drain and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil, red pepper flakes and garlic in a large sauce pan over medium heat until the garlic begins to brown. Add the asparagus and season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 2 minutes.

3. Remove from the heat. Add the chopped parsley, grape tomatoes lemon juice and ground cumin.

4. Toss the pasta and kale with the asparagus and tomato mixture, season with salt and pepper. Before serving, toss the pasta with feta cheese.

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  1. Sandra says

    This looks like a great recipe! To cook healthy in my home, I limit the use of salt, oils and butters. Fresh herbs are a great substitute when looking for flavor.

  2. Jaina Gamboa says

    Love barilla brand!!! Always have, the best quality/taste of pasta around. Been using it for years! I love the wheat products! Been trying to eat healthier so been doing lots of wheat and brown rice, and lots of grilled fish and chicken! And salads!! And I’m getting my family to love it in the process! Which is a good thing! They are not the biggest veggie/healthy eaters!

  3. Mami2jcn says

    I love the GREAT TASTE of Barilla Whole Grain! It’s also wonderful how healthy it is and both kids and adults enjoy it. My sons are picky eaters but they love Barilla!

    By the way, I enjoy your blog. My mother is Colombian.

  4. Carol B. says

    I love the fact that Barilla Whole Wheat Pasta doesn’t taste like cardboard. My husband loves pasta, but he would refuse to eat whole wheat pasta because as he said “It’s not he same, it has a funny taste” until I used Barilla! Now he doesn’t even notice the difference lol.

  5. Paola says

    Our family has completely switched to the Barilla pasta. We love the whole wheat pasta! All our dishes come out that much better. We once thought pasta was ‘ok’ but now that it’s whole wheat that makes it so much healthier we think it’s the BEST!!!

  6. Amanda Sakovitz says

    I love the taste of Barilla whole grain pasta. We have it every saturday for dinner at my boyfriend’s parents’ house.

  7. courtney b says

    we like how it’s healthy but doesn’t TASTE healthy! plus so many different dishes you can make

  8. says

    Erica, I still yer have to cook with whole grain pasta…and this one seems the one to start with. Like the idea of the veggies…and lots of them in the pasta. Is sure looks a great weeknight meal.
    Thanks for introducing me to this pasta and hope you are having a wonderful week :)

  9. says

    I love this recipe. Barilla actually is the brand of pasta that I buy. I also grow a lot of Kale, asparagus and tomatoes in my garden, so it is the perfect garden meal! thanks for posting!

  10. says

    Love this light and healthy recipe using whole grain pasta. I buy Barilla Whole Grain pasta for my kids and find it is such a kid friendly pasta. We serve it with mostly tomato based sauces, but I’ve also made stir-fry noodles with them, and it worked really well with their whole grain pasta.

  11. Jay says

    I have never used Barilla Whole Grain Pasta but from what I’m reading I bet it would be tasty in my favorite “Mediterranean” Pasta Salad, a mix of olives, tomatoes, avocados, red onion, capers, salt and pepper, tossed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

  12. Jay says

    Oh and don’t forget the warm bread with the the pasta salad. Thanks for the Barilla Whole Grain Pasta recommendation. I’ll have to pick-up a box and try it.

  13. sillygirl says

    Love that it is a good whole grain and tastes like it – love the heartiness of that – thanks Barilla!

  14. Flora says

    My children have not noticed the switch to whole grains but I feel better knowing they are eating healthier.

  15. ♡♥♬ Louis ♬♥♡ says

    I love the texture of whole grain pasta, it always comes out right al dente

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  16. Breanne says

    I really like that the barilla whole grain pasta doesn’t taste chalky. Instead, it’s delicious! Can’t wait to try it with this recipe!

  17. Bev Edge says

    I love Barilla Whole Grain pasta’s texture and flavor. It’s a great way to make the foods we love healthier for my family!

  18. says

    I love that I can eat one of my favorite foods without having to feel guilty about it!!!!
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  19. says

    Love the vegetable combination. I often do whole wheat – both Barilla and … I won’t mention other brand! It’s particularly good with hearty vegetables and some slabs of sausage!

  20. cw says

    I love that it has 3 time the amount of fiber of other pastas and made with whole wheat and you can’t tell the difference in taste

  21. lauren says

    i haven’t tried it yet, but i love pasta and whole grain is great b/c it’s a healthier option

  22. Kelly D says

    I love Barilla Whole Grain because I can enjoy pasta without going off my diet, and it is delicious.

  23. Ralph says

    A few months ago I “discovered” kale and have been juicing it almost daily since then. Recently I noticed Costco was selling Barilla whole grain penne and have been using it regularly, it’s great! Can’t wait to combine two of my favorite ingredients using your recipe. Thanks!

  24. Kitty says

    Looks tasty. SInce we have both kale and our asparagus patch has started producing this year, I’ll give it a try.

  25. Monica B. says

    I think most wheat pastas take a little bit longer to cook and in my house, we do things fast. I loved that the Barilla pasta, was fast and easy. Plus, my 2 year old liked it, who can argue with that!?

  26. Sarah says

    I love all Barilla pasta and I was very pleased to taste the whole grain and find that it is just as delicious, both in texture and flavor.

  27. Rebecca Kessler says

    I love it because it’s so healthy and easy to use…. There are many products on the market but this one really wins above the rest!

  28. shannon says

    Wow this looks delicious. Whole wheat pasta is hit or miss at our house, some are too chewy, never tried Barilla!

  29. Karen2 says

    I love Barilla whole wheat penne with kale dishes, and I’m looking forward to trying this recipe!

  30. Daniela says

    I love that Barilla is an Italian Pasta Company. The way it is supposed to be!! And the products do not have tons of unnecessary ingredients, like corn syrup and soy! I really dislike processed foods! I am glad Barilla produces pasta the way it is supposed to be! Yummi with no regrets!

  31. says

    I love your creation. So refreshing and simple to put together. I love Barilla Whole Grain pasta for the extra nutty flavor and better nutrition than regular pasta. :)

  32. MelissaO says

    I love the nutty flavor and just wished that my husband learned to love it too! But I use Barilla whole grain when I make vegetarian lunches that I take to work.

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  33. Dahbou says

    I love the fact that it delivers three times the fiber of regular pasta and still tastes delicious!

  34. Debra F says

    I have to admit that I prefer white pasta, but we’ve made the switch and I love that Barilla is a really great source of fiber for our family’s diet….especially for my sons who eat a lot of the wrong foods when left to their own devices.

  35. meredith says

    i want to try your recipe! i love the health benefits of wheat pasta- and it tastes good too!

  36. helga says

    yum! this looks delish! I’ve been using barilla pasta for years, i think it’s one of the best. thanks so much for the giveaway:-)

  37. Erica Best says

    I like it’s whole grain and also taste great plus is all natural
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  38. Christina Tong says

    I love Barilla® Whole Grain Pasta because it provides more fiber, it is nutritious and delicious. I have been buying the Barilla’s regular pasta for many years and switched to this whole grain once I tried and love it’s texture.


  39. sy says

    I love the variety and fast cook time. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
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  40. Stacy Marie says

    Barilla….that’s the only brand we buy! Why? It tastes great every time. Plus we love the variety and how well it boils up. Yum! And…I can’t wait to make this spaghetti dish….it looks tasty!

  41. Gina M Maddox says

    I love that Barilla Whole Grain is all natural and is a great source of fiber. Thanks for the chance to win!
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  43. says

    I love that its a very well known name brand offering whole grains to the masses. I am a huge proponent of eating whole foods, especially whole grains and have noticed that lots of people have a negative opinion of “health foods.” With the Barilla name comes a guarantee that its going to taste great and hopefully that will get more people to try it and see that eating healthy tastes great!

  44. Betty C says

    I love that Barilla found a way to make a healthier pasta and still retain the taste and texture that my family loves.

  45. Mari says

    I like that it contains three times more fiber than regular pasta.

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  46. Anne K says

    I love Barilla Whole grain because it tastes good (exactly like the blue box pasta in my humble opinion) and is great for you.

    Your recipe looks AWESOME! All of my favorite veggies + pasta = love!