Heli J. Roy, Montgomery, Donna | 3/18/2005 11:00:49 PM
Did you know that macaroni, spaghetti and noodles are sometimes called pasta? That's because they are all made with a paste of flour and water. Pasta is the Italian word meaning "paste." The main difference in pastas is the shape, but noodles usually contain egg or egg solids, making them yellower. There are more than 170 different shapes of pasta!We should have 6 equivalents from the Bread Group on a 2000-calorie diet. Half should come from whole grains. Foods from this group should form the basis of our meals. Pasta is a good choice because it combines well with vegetables, meats, fish, beans and peas. It is low in cost and can help stretch food dollars.
Prepare Perfect Pasta
Pasta with Picante Black Bean Sauce
Top any pasta with this tasty tomato and black bean sauce. This quick heart-healthy recipe is sure to please! It's also great on the food dollar. You might also want to try serving it over rice. Add a salad, bread, a glass of skim milk and a piece of fruit to complete the meal.
Cook onion and garlic in oil in large skillet until onion is tender. Stir in remaining ingredients except pasta. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover; cook over medium heat until desired consistency. Serve bean mixture over pasta. Sprinkle with cheese, if desired. Serve with additional picante sauce. Serves 4. Each serving without cheese has 200 calories, 9 gm protein, 43 gm carbohydrate, 1 gm fat, 19 mg cholesterol, 8 gm fiber and 640 mg sodium.