When it comes to pasta and nutrition, whole wheat is by far the way to go. In addition to containing 2-3 times the fiber, the strands are also superior in terms of B vitamins and protein compared to standard white pasta. Which means, WW pasta will A) move through your body quicker rather than just sticking to your gut, B) simultaneously help you as you attempt to build up those muscles of yours. And C) use that boost of B to help your bod more efficiently break down all those carbs to supply yourself with energy.
Sounds great, right? However, we all know that when it comes to taste, most palettes are set on traditional white pasta.
So how can you turn WW pasta into a Win-Win instead of a World-War debate in your household? My solution: Stick to angel hair, particularly if you’re newly making the transition to WW. The thin strands help to eliminate some of the denseness that comes with the whole wheat, as well as some of the strong, nutty taste that some consider to be overpowering. Whole wheat angel hair is definitely a winner in my house.
Here, I pair it with a simple sauce, using a combo. of marinara, broccoli, and protein-packed black beans. The hot sauce adds a perfect finish to this easy whole grain pasta delight.
Angel Hair Pasta with Broccoli and Bean Marinara
-1 lb. whole wheat angel hair
-3 cups marinara
-1 large head broccoli, chopped
-1-15.oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
-Nutritional yeast, optional
Cook pasta according to directions. (Boiling water, about 6 minutes).
Over medium heat, warm marinara in saucepan. Add broccoli, and cook 6 minutes, until broccoli is tender. Add black beans and a pinch of sage. Remove from heat. Top pasta with sauce mixture, and drizzle with hot sauce. Sprinkle nutritional yeast on top, if desired.