Pasta has gotten a bad reputation for weight gain but eating anything too much can lead to weight gain. Try using pasta as a base for a healthful dish rich in veggies, lean proteins and healthy fats. Check out this delicious pasta recipe:

Shrimp and Zucchini Scampi

YIELDS 6, 485 CALS, 27 G PROTEIN, 61 G CARBS, 15 G FAT (6 G SAT), 3 G FIBER, 860 MG SODIUM.

Ingredients

1 1/2 lb. shelled, deveined shrimp

2 tbsp. oil

2 medium zucchini, sliced

4 cloves garlic, chopped

4 tbsp. butter

3/4 c. white wine

1/8 tsp. salt

1 lb. linguine, cooked

1/4 c. pasta cooking water

2 tsp. lemon peel, grated

Chopped parsley, for serving 

 

Directions

1. Cook shrimp in oil 3 minutes or until cooked through, turning once. Transfer shrimp to plate.

2. To skillet, add zucchini, garlic, and butter. Cook 3 minutes. Add white wine and salt; cook 2 minutes, stirring and scraping. Toss vegetables with shrimp linguine, pasta cooking water, lemon   

peel, and parsley.

 

Here are 3 fun facts about pasta:

1. Pasta was first eaten in China, not Italy

2. According to the International Pasta Organization, there are more than 600 different shapes of pasta produced throughout the world.

3. Eating pasta will make you happier! It’s true — the carbohydrates in pasta increase the body’s production of serotonin, the neurotransmitter that scientists believe trigger feelings of happiness and      well-being.

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