Monday, May 7, 2012

Quick & Easy: Lemon-Herb Penne

Here's another nice light meal for those warmer days.

Serves - 6
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes

1 box Dreamfields Penne Rigate
1/3 cup plus 2 Tblspn freshly grated parmesan cheese
2 Tblspn fresh thyme leaves
1-1/2 Tblspn olive oil
1 Tblspn chopped fresh chives
1 tsp freshly grated lemon peel
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Fresh thyme, chives and lemon wedges (optional)

1.  Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain and return to pan.  Add 1/3 cup of the cheese, thyme, oil, chives and lemon peel; toss to combine.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Serve immediately with remaining cheese.  Garnish with fresh herbs and lemon wedge, if desired.

Calories - 267                Sodium - 132mg
Total Fat - 6g                 Total Carbs - 6g* (digestible carbs)
   Saturated Fat - 2g           Dietary Fiber - 5g
Cholesterol - 7mg          Protein - 12g


  •  As you can see, I turned this side dish into a main dish by adding shredded chicken.
  • Whether you keep this as a side or main dish,  pine nuts would be a great addition.
  • I know the lemon is suppose to be a nice light flavor, but I'd bump up the grated lemon to 2 tsp and sprinkle a little fresh lemon juice on the pasta as well.

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