Today’s Recipe: Linguine With Broccoli Rabe

Following a heart-healthy diet doesn't mean giving up your favorite foods, like pasta. As a matter of fact, switching to whole-wheat pasta as part of a healthy diet and exercise routine has been linked to reduced cholesterol levels! Enjoy this dish with some leafy greens and a sprinkle of feta to top it off.



Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

1/3 cup olive oil

6 large cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced lengthwise

1 pound whole-wheat linguine

1 large bunch broccoli rabe, rinsed thoroughly and cut into bite-sized pieces

1 lemon, zest finely grated

1 orange, zest finely grated

1/2 teaspoon red chile flakes (or more, to taste)

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Directions

  1. Heat a large pot of salted water over medium-high heat. 
  2. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and add the oil. 
  3. Once oil is warm, add garlic and cook until golden brown and crisp, about three minutes. 
  4. Transfer garlic chips to a plate and save the oil in the frying pan.
  5. Add pasta to boiling water and cook according to the package instructions. A few minutes before the pasta is done cooking, add broccoli rabe to the pot. 
  6. Save 3/4 cup of the pasta cooking water, then drain the pasta and broccoli rabe through a strainer.
  7. Return pasta and broccoli to the pot; add the reserved cooking water, reserved oil, lemon zest, orange zest and chile flakes. Toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper and toss again. 
  8. Divide evenly between serving plates, and top each plate with a sprinkling of feta cheese and the reserved garlic chips.