Tomato and Basil Pasta

The grain group contains foods made from wheat, rice, oats, corn, and barley. These foods are also good sources of fiber, iron, B vitamins, and protein. Grains are divided into two different groups; whole grains and refined grains. Whole grains contain the whole grain kernel. Refined grains have been put through a process that removes the fiber, iron, and many B vitamins. Iron and B vitamins are often added back into refined products, but the fiber is not.

tomato and basil pasta
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups tomatoes, gently rubbed under cold running water and chopped OR 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil OR 1/4 cup fresh basil, gently rubbed under cold running water and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 6 ounces whole wheat pasta, uncooked*
  • Parmesan cheese, grated (optional)

Directions:

  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, oil, basil, garlic, pepper and salt, if desired.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  4. Drain pasta and add the tomato mixture.
  5. Top with Parmesan cheese if desired.
  6. Store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Notes: 

*If you choose refined grain pasta, make sure it is enriched by checking the ingredient label.

Nutrition Information:

  • Serving Size (1/4 of recipe):
  • Calories 140
  • Total Fat 4.5g
  • Saturated Fat .5g
  • Sodium 125mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 22g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Protein 4g