Whole Grain Thin Spaghetti with Kale, Asparagus and Lemon

 

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.

Directions:
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 February 21, 2012 at 12:29 PM

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 February 21, 2012 at 12:32 PM

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 February 21, 2012 at 12:50 PM

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!

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5 Carol B. February 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM

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.

6 Paola February 21, 2012 at 1:37 PM

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!!!

7 Amanda Sakovitz February 21, 2012 at 1:55 PM

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

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9 Elena February 21, 2012 at 2:10 PM

I love that Barilla is healthy and tasty

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11 courtney b February 21, 2012 at 2:35 PM

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

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13 Juliana February 21, 2012 at 3:30 PM

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 :)

14 Matt T February 21, 2012 at 4:15 PM

I love that it’s a healthier option, and still tastes great!

15 Ann February 21, 2012 at 6:56 PM

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!

16 Jeanette February 21, 2012 at 8:37 PM

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.

17 Ashley H. February 21, 2012 at 8:41 PM

I love that it makes an easy meal.

18 Meister @ The Nervous Cook February 21, 2012 at 9:37 PM

I love whole-grain pasta: Nutty, nutritious, and hearty enough to stand up to chunky and elaborate homemade sauces or toppings. Barilla is actually my preferred brand, so this would be perfect!

19 Jay February 22, 2012 at 9:35 AM

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.

20 Jay February 22, 2012 at 9:38 AM

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.

21 sillygirl February 22, 2012 at 10:09 AM

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

22 Flora February 22, 2012 at 10:21 AM

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

23 Karen February 22, 2012 at 10:24 AM

I love kale and this is a really good way to use it – with another one of my favorites, pasta!

24 Schmidty February 22, 2012 at 12:18 PM

We love the taste and having the option for whole grain!

25 Karina Lee February 22, 2012 at 1:58 PM
26 Karina Lee February 22, 2012 at 1:59 PM

i love that something so healthy can taste great too

27 ♡♥♬ Louis ♬♥♡ February 22, 2012 at 4:29 PM

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

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29 Wehaf February 22, 2012 at 5:39 PM

I love the hearty flavor.

30 Breanne February 23, 2012 at 12:19 AM

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!

31 Alaine February 23, 2012 at 10:21 AM

I love that their pasta is a great source of fiber.
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32 Bev Edge February 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM

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!

33 grace February 23, 2012 at 3:23 PM

i’m a loyal barilla buyer–they have the widest selection of shapes and types!

34 Kelly Massman February 23, 2012 at 7:03 PM

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35 Carolyn G February 24, 2012 at 12:51 AM

I love that I can have great tasting pasta and it is healthy for me

36 Claudia February 24, 2012 at 7:39 PM

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!

37 Mary February 25, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Love all the fiber it has.

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38 Mary February 25, 2012 at 11:40 AM
39 cw February 25, 2012 at 12:16 PM

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

40 steff February 25, 2012 at 12:54 PM

i love that it has more fiber!

41 steff February 25, 2012 at 12:54 PM
42 Janice Cooper February 25, 2012 at 4:54 PM

I like that it has lots of fiber (something I need), all natural and tasty!

43 Janice Cooper February 25, 2012 at 4:56 PM
44 lauren February 25, 2012 at 6:37 PM

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

45 Jessie C. February 27, 2012 at 6:35 PM

I like it’s whole grain and also taste great.
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46 Jessie C. February 27, 2012 at 8:09 PM
47 Melanie February 28, 2012 at 4:48 PM

I love all the awesome fiber!

48 anna pry March 1, 2012 at 10:44 PM

i love that it has a heartier texture and nutty flavor
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49 anna pry March 1, 2012 at 10:45 PM
50 Ivy March 2, 2012 at 7:47 AM

This is the kind of pasta I love!!

51 Kelly D March 2, 2012 at 9:13 AM

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

52 Kelly D March 2, 2012 at 9:15 AM
53 Marta March 2, 2012 at 9:52 AM

MMM se ve deliciosos! ya tengo receta para el fin de semana!

54 kjasus March 2, 2012 at 10:03 AM

i love that it is more nutritious than plain white pasta

55 Ralph March 2, 2012 at 10:05 AM

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!

56 kjasus March 2, 2012 at 10:05 AM
57 Camila March 2, 2012 at 10:22 AM

I love Barilla! The whole wheat pasta is healthier and just as flavorful!

58 tara pittman March 2, 2012 at 2:44 PM

It is healthy and tastes great

59 Kitty March 3, 2012 at 10:05 AM

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

60 Sunshyn V March 3, 2012 at 9:10 PM

I love that it tastes good and is healthy too
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61 Sunshyn V March 3, 2012 at 9:13 PM
62 Monica B. March 5, 2012 at 5:21 PM

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!?
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63 LeeAnn March 5, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Whole wheat pasta tastes great and is so much better for you!

64 Sarah March 5, 2012 at 6:00 PM

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.

65 Rebecca Kessler March 5, 2012 at 6:42 PM

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!

66 shannon March 5, 2012 at 8:00 PM

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

67 Karen March 5, 2012 at 10:21 PM

I love Barilla because my three Colombian Nina’s do!

68 Karen2 March 6, 2012 at 9:36 AM

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

69 Daniela March 6, 2012 at 6:50 PM

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!

70 Amy Tong March 7, 2012 at 5:22 PM

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. :)

71 Susan Smith March 7, 2012 at 9:36 PM

I love that it’s high in Fiber and it tastes great!

72 Susan Smith March 7, 2012 at 9:37 PM
73 sandra March 8, 2012 at 9:27 AM

i like that it still tastes good

74 MelissaO March 8, 2012 at 9:26 PM

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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75 Dahbou March 9, 2012 at 6:58 AM

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

76 Dahbou March 9, 2012 at 6:58 AM
77 Desi March 9, 2012 at 4:08 PM

I love that it doesn’t taste different than regular and I can get my healthy on! :)

78 Debra F March 10, 2012 at 5:03 PM

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.

79 Michelle March 12, 2012 at 4:42 AM

I love that it is easy find in most stores and it is tasty.

80 Tina M March 13, 2012 at 11:16 AM

I love the taste

81 Tina M March 13, 2012 at 11:17 AM
82 meredith March 13, 2012 at 4:04 PM

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

83 meredith March 13, 2012 at 4:05 PM
84 helga March 14, 2012 at 9:23 AM

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:-)

85 Erica Best March 17, 2012 at 2:23 AM

I like it’s whole grain and also taste great plus is all natural
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86 Erica Best March 17, 2012 at 2:27 AM
87 Rondah March 17, 2012 at 2:50 PM

I love that it is all natural and healthier for my family

88 Rondah March 17, 2012 at 2:51 PM
89 tanya March 18, 2012 at 12:22 AM

I like the fact it is nutritious

90 tanya March 18, 2012 at 12:23 AM
91 Leann Lindeman March 18, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Tasy and good for you!

92 Jessica F March 20, 2012 at 12:41 AM

I love that Barilla Whole Grain has way more fiber than regular pasta!

93 Jessica F March 20, 2012 at 12:42 AM
94 Ryana March 21, 2012 at 12:32 PM

I like that it is delicious and healthy for my family

95 Ryana March 21, 2012 at 12:33 PM
96 Christina Tong March 22, 2012 at 4:24 AM

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.

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98 sy March 23, 2012 at 3:32 AM

I love the variety and fast cook time. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
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100 Deanna G. March 23, 2012 at 9:57 AM

I love that it’s high in fiber! :)

101 Deanna G. March 23, 2012 at 9:58 AM
102 Stacy Marie March 23, 2012 at 5:41 PM

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!

103 LeeAnn March 23, 2012 at 7:40 PM

I love the flavor, texture and that it is better for you than traditional pasta.

104 Jammie March 24, 2012 at 2:17 PM

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105 Jammie March 24, 2012 at 2:18 PM
106 linda brooks March 25, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Its a change from other pasta, and it is fun to cook with.

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108 Gina M Maddox March 25, 2012 at 6:34 PM

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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110 Kerry March 25, 2012 at 8:35 PM

I love that it’s healthy and still tastes great!

111 Kerry March 25, 2012 at 8:37 PM
112 Julie March 26, 2012 at 2:21 PM

We already use this pasta-love the flavor thanks

113 anash March 26, 2012 at 11:47 PM

i love that its whole grain and healthy to feed my family! Thanks for a super giveaway!

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115 angie lilly March 27, 2012 at 10:59 AM

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!

116 angie lilly March 27, 2012 at 10:59 AM
117 Maria Cantu March 28, 2012 at 7:55 PM

I love that it’s made with 51% whole wheat and tastes great.

118 Carmen March 28, 2012 at 10:02 PM

I love that it’s full of fiber and my family can’t tell the difference!

119 Carmen March 28, 2012 at 10:03 PM
120 helga March 29, 2012 at 8:12 AM

barilla whole grain tastes better than ho-hum plain pasta….use it all the time:)

121 Helen March 29, 2012 at 11:50 AM

I buy Barilla whole grain penne all the time, it makes the best pasta salad. THX!

122 ANGEL JACKLYN March 29, 2012 at 6:58 PM

I LOVE THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF BARILLA VERSES REGULAR PASTA!

123 ANGEL JACKLYN March 29, 2012 at 6:59 PM
124 Betty C March 30, 2012 at 11:43 AM

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

125 Betty C March 30, 2012 at 11:45 AM
126 Sarah L March 30, 2012 at 4:49 PM

I like that it tastes good.
Thanks for the contest.

127 Sarah L March 30, 2012 at 4:50 PM
128 Mari March 30, 2012 at 7:05 PM

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

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129 Mari March 30, 2012 at 7:07 PM
130 Anne K March 30, 2012 at 9:58 PM

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

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

131 Anne K March 30, 2012 at 10:05 PM

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