Whole Grain Thin Spaghetti with Kale, Asparagus and Lemon

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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.

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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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