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Foods Included

Whole Wheat Pasta or White Flour Pasta (i.e. Spaghetti, Fettuccine, Bow-tie), Quinoa Pasta, Couscous


Whole wheat pasta is a healthy choice because it contains unprocessed whole wheat flour, which means its natural bran, germ, fiber, vitamins and minerals remain intact. Quinoa pasta and brown rice pasta are healthy gluten-free options.

Buy It

  • Look for "whole wheat" or "whole grain" as the first ingredient.
  • Try pasta made from other types of flour, like quinoa, for something different or if you can't tolerate gluten.

Store It

  • Store pasta in a cool, dry, dark place, like your pantry.
  • Leftover cooked pasta can be stored in the refridgerator for later use.

Cook It

  • In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for about 10 minutes (or as indicated on package directions). Drain pasta with a collander.
  • Serve with a tomato sauce and sauteed vegetables for a warm, filling meal.

Why It's Great

  • Unlike white pasta, the bran and germ part of the grain stay intact in whole wheat products.
  • Whole wheat pasta will also keep you feeling full longer than white pasta.
  • B Vitamins helps our cells grow and stay healthy.
  • Fiber helps with healthy digestion and keeps us feeling full. Eating enough fiber has been shown to keep our hearts healthy too.
  • Magnesium helps with muscle function and energy production.
  • Manganese helps to keep our bones and nervous system healthy.

Try It

Whole Wheat Pasta with Lemon
15 mins
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Pasta with Garden Sauce
1 hr
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Somali Pasta with Beef and Vegetables
45 mins
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Caesar Chicken Pasta Salad
25 mins
Squash and Corn Pasta Soup
40 mins
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Whole Wheat Pasta with Diced Tomatoes and Salmon
40 mins
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