Healthy and delicious Mediterranean diet pasta recipes

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The Mediterranean Diet: Healthy and delicious pasta recipes

Family-friendly and balanced dishes aligned with this heart-healthy diet.

The Mediterranean Diet is low in red meat, sugar, saturated fat, and high in produce, nuts, and other healthful foods. According to the U.S. News and World Report, it is the best diet globally and has been holding this title for four years in a row.

This diet’s dietary patterns are inspired by the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. It is believed that folks living in the region live longer and have fewer health issues than countries in the Americas. The U.S. News and World Report informed the Mediterranean Diet promotes weight loss, heart and brain health, prevents cancer, and controls diabetes.

Although the principles are the same, the Mediterranean diet varies among Greeks, Italians, French, and Spaniards. To help people find the right way to follow this diet, the Harvard School of Public Health and the World Health Organization collaborated with Oldways, a nonprofit food think tank in Boston, to develop a consumer-friendly Mediterranean diet pyramid.

Find below the basic guidelines on how to fill your plate.

consumer-friendly Mediterranean diet pyramid©Oldways
How to fill your plate the Mediterranean way.

To kick off 2021 on the right foot, find below three delicious and balanced recipes, easy for the whole family to follow, that align with the Mediterranean diet.

Spaghetti with Seafood and Saffron White Wine Sauce


Spaghetti with Seafood and Saffron White Wine Sauce©Barilla
Spaghetti with Seafood and Saffron White Wine Sauce

Serves: 8

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


Ingredients

  • One box Collezione Spaghetti
  • Two cloves garlic, chopped
  • Four tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ pound shrimp, sliced in half
  • ½ pound calamari, sliced into rings
  • 1-pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • ½ cup, white wine
  • ¼ teaspoon saffron
  • One tablespoon parsley
  • One teaspoon lemon zest
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Bring 4-6 quarts of water to a boil. Add salt to taste.
  2. Add pasta to boiling water – for authentic “al dente” pasta, simmer for 11 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain well.
  3. While spaghetti pasta is cooking, gently cook garlic in olive oil for 1-2 minutes in a large skillet.
  4. Increase the heat to high and add the seafood; sauté for 2 minutes or until seafood is almost cooked. Then add tomatoes, wine, and saffron.
  5. Drain spaghetti and combine with the sauce, lemon zest, and parsley. Enjoy!

Barilla Whole Grain Penne with Radicchio, Butternut Squash & Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese


Barilla Whole Grain Penne with Radicchio, Butternut Squash & Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese©Barilla
Barilla Whole Grain Penne with Radicchio, Butternut Squash & Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese

Serves: 8

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


Ingredients

  • One box Barilla Whole Grain Penne
  • Four tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • l½ small onion, diced
  • One medium butternut squash, diced small
  • One head radicchio, sliced thin
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • ½ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. In a large skillet, cook onion in olive oil for 3-4 minutes or until translucent.
  3. Add squash and sauté for 4-5 minutes until lightly browned.
  4. Add the radicchio, season with salt and pepper, and cook until wilted and soft.
  5. Cook pasta 1 minute less than required cooking time. Add 3/4 cup of the pasta water to the sauce, then drain and stir to combine.
  6. Remove from heat and add Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
  7. Stir to combine and serve.

Pesto Mediterranean Penne Pasta Salad

Pesto Mediterranean Penne Pasta Salad©Barilla
Pesto Mediterranean Penne Pasta Salad

Serves: 8

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes


Ingredients

  • One box Barilla Penne
  • One jar Barilla Rustic Basil Pesto
  • One tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • One medium red bell pepper, cored and cut into ½-inch cubes
  • One medium green sweet pepper, cored and cut into ½-inch cubes
  • One medium seedless cucumber, sliced into half-moon shapes
  • One tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • One tablespoon oregano for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta draining 1 minute short of the required cooking time according to package directions.
  2. Toss the pasta with olive oil and place on a baking sheet to cool.
  3. Once the pasta is cool, gently toss all ingredients to combine in a large bowl.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and sprinkle with oregano.
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