Updated: May 29, 2019
I wanted a healthy pasta dinner with a hearty glass of wine; sounds a little contradictory, right?
I started playing around with ideas to make a big bowl of spaghetti a healthier option.
After researching and comparing pastas, I landed on using Ancient Harvest spaghetti. It is a gluten-free pasta made with two ingredients: organic corn flour and organic quinoa flour. This pasta has more protein and fiber while packing less sugar per serving than pastas I compared it to. Some organic wheat pastas had a little more protein, but still provided less fiber and more sugar.
I tested it for consistency and flavor to find it hit the mark perfectly. Check for it at your local grocer or if you prefer to shop online, you can purchase it here.
When making wine sauces, I like to use the same or similar wine to what I will drink during the meal. Since this was a meal for one, I used a splash directly from the bottle! The wine I selected was a nice Belle Ambiance 2015 Chardonnay. This wine has a mild body with notes of lemon, vanilla and a faintly spicy finish which paired perfectly with the light-ness of the sauce mixed with the sweet and slightly spicy quality of the meal. The combination made my mouth happy. Similar wines would be a good match as well, so play around!
Since this dish is so simple, it is important to use organic, fresh ingredients for richest flavors. Trust me, it is worth it.
This meal was simple to prepare, but packed a whopping 30 grams of protein per serving, 17 grams of fiber, and tasted amazing. Grab your apron and check out the recipe below!
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