Nutty Pasta

Betty Crocker's Heart Healthy Cookbook shares a recipe! Dinner ready in just 20 minutes! Enjoy this peanuts topped vermicelli pasta recipe made with veggies and papaya.

  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 20 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

4
ounces uncooked vermicelli
1
medium red bell pepper, cut into 2x1/4-inch strips
1
small papaya, peeled, seeded and chopped (about 1 cup)
1
medium tomato, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
2
tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1
tablespoon peanut, canola or soybean oil
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4
cup cocktail peanuts, chopped
  • 1 Cook and drain vermicelli as directed on package. Rinse with cold water; drain.
  • 2 Toss vermicelli and remaining ingredients except peanuts in large bowl. Sprinkle with peanuts.

Expert Tips

“If it has pasta in it, I know my husband will eat it. He thinks of pasta as a satisfying and filling dinner, and this one is very tasty and colorful.” Pat R.

Think color! Red pepper, papaya and tomato all contain folic acid. Folic acid protects the heart by lowering the body’s levels of homocysteine, produced when the body breaks down proteins. High levels of homocysteine give you a higher risk of coronary artery disease, and folic acid may be one reason why diets rich in fruits and vegetables are heart-healthy.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
230
(
Calories from Fat
60),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
7%
(Saturated Fat
1g,
1%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
390mg
390%;
Total Carbohydrate
36g
36%
(Dietary Fiber
5g
5%
  Sugars
7g
7%
),
Protein
6g
6%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
60%;
Vitamin C
90%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
8%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.