Pasta + Healthy. Yes, there is such a thing. At our Noodles & Company tasting a few weeks ago, we tried some of their new menu items, including some of their healthful salads. But if you’re looking for something that won’t break the calorie bank, you have more options that just soup and salad. Their Whole Grain Tuscan Linguine has less than 500 calories per serving.
Here is the EXACT recipe for the Tuscan Linguine they serve in their restaurants. Feel free to add additional vegetables as you wish (like broccoli) for added nutrition.
Whole Grain Tuscan Linguine
From Noodles & Co.
1 lb whole grain linguine, cooked al dente
3 Roma tomatoes, sliced into ½ moons
1 red onion, cut into julienne strips
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bunch fresh baby spinach leaves
2 tablespoons olive oil (includes enough to coat the cooked noodles & chicken)
1 white wine ( or white balsamic vinegar)
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon each fresh chopped basil, oregano, rosemary leaves and Italian parsley
Cracked black pepper
½ tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Shaved Asiago cheese
4 chicken breasts, marinated & grilled
Cook the pasta to al dente. Drain, then toss with 1 T olive oil and set aside.
Chop the garlic, cut the tomatoes, slice the onions, de-stem the herbs, chop and set aside.
Marinate chicken breast with lemon juice, salt, pepper, rosemary leaves & garlic, place in fridge for 30 minutes. Grill just before you prepare the pasta. Let rest, slice and toss into pasta.
Put the olive oil in a large sauté pan. Heat pan to hot, but not smoking. Add garlic and onions. You should hear a sizzle. Stir and deglaze with white wine or white balsamic vinegar. Add pasta and chicken, toss to coat. Add tomatoes, toss then add fresh spinach. Add herbs, lemon juice and salt & pepper to taste. Place on platter and garnish with shaved Asiago cheese.
If you thought restaurant secrets were enough, I have another surprise for you. Noodles & Co. has offered to give 1 lucky She’s on the Run reader 2 vouchers for FREE Noodles/Salad/Soup — whatever you want! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling me what you’d order (may I suggest their Japanese Pan Noodles? This is my new fav). I’ll choose a winner on Sunday, April 14, 2013.
Disclaimer: Noodles & Co. gave me 2 vouchers for my review. I was not given the product in exchange for a positive review. All opinions are my own.