Ziti With Fresh Asparagus and Toasted Pine Nuts Recipe

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  1. Cut peppers in half, and remove the seeds and membrane.
  2. Place prepared peppers, skin-side up, on an ungreased baking sheet. Broil 5 inches from the heating element for 15 to 20 minutes (until peppers blister and turn dark).
  3. Transfer roasted peppers to a bowl of ice water for 5 minutes.
  4. Peel off the skins from the peppers; cut into julienne strips, lightly salt and set aside.
  5. Snap off the tough ends of the asparagus; cut into 1-inch pieces.
  6. Steam the asparagus for 2 to 3 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Lightly salt and set aside.
  7. Coat a large heavy-bottomed skillet with olive oil; place over medium-high heat until hot. Add the peppers, garlic, onion powder and basil; saute for 2 minutes. Add the asparagus and saute for 1 minute; stir in the lemon juice.
  8. Remove vegetables from heat, and set aside.
  9. Cook the ziti according to the package directions. Meanwhile, in an electric blender or food processor, add the ricotta cheese, yogurt and sour cream; blend until smooth. Stir in the parsley.
  10. Add the ricotta mixture to the peppers and asparagus. Gently toss to combine.
  11. Transfer the cooked pasta to a large serving bowl; add the ricotta/peppers. Toss well to combine. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, pine nuts and black pepper.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 236.87 Kcal (992 kJ)
Calories from fat 111.09 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12.34g 19%
Cholesterol 34.25mg 11%
Sodium 184.63mg 8%
Potassium 426.6mg 9%
Total Carbs 12.06g 4%
Sugars 5.31g 21%
Dietary Fiber 3.05g 12%
Protein 11.49g 23%
Vitamin C 80.5mg 134%
Vitamin A 0.5mg 16%
Iron 10.6mg 59%
Calcium 251.9mg 25%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 87.95 Kcal (368 kJ)
Calories from fat 41.25 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.58g 19%
Cholesterol 12.72mg 11%
Sodium 68.55mg 8%
Potassium 158.39mg 9%
Total Carbs 4.48g 4%
Sugars 1.97g 21%
Dietary Fiber 1.13g 12%
Protein 4.27g 23%
Vitamin C 29.9mg 134%
Vitamin A 0.2mg 16%
Iron 3.9mg 59%
Calcium 93.5mg 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 5.2
  • 5

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium,
  • low cholesterol

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