Healthful whole-grain pastas

Make flavorful dinners based on a new supermarket staple that's packed with vitamins and fiber

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Whole-grain penne

Whole-Grain Penne with Walnuts Caramelized Onions and Ricotta Salata

Iain Bagwell

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Whole-grain Penne with Walnuts, Caramelized Onions, and Ricotta Salata

Shrimp, Lemon, and Spinach Whole-grain Pasta Salad

Whole-grain Pasta Soup with Greens and Parmesan

Of all the new whole-grain products flooding the market these days, one of our favorites is pasta. No longer the grainy, crumbly stuff of years past, the new pastas have a toothsome texture and pleasantly nutty flavor, and they're sold in most supermarkets.

Whole grains are this decade's wonder food. For one, they offer a solution for dieters who have tried low-carb or no-carb regimes, but realized they couldn't live without bread or pasta.

Whole-grain foods aren't just great-tasting; with their low glycemic index (the rate at which a food is absorbed into the blood as sugar), they don't cause the insulin spikes that no-carb diet proponents claim lead to weight gain.

Plus whole grains contain fiber, antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals, all of which have been associated with reduced risk of cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. 


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