On Wednesday, I was lucky enough to attend a pasta-filled evening with Chef Lynn Crawford, the charismatic and talented force you’ve seen on Pitchin’ In and Chopped Canada. Lynn was here in Edmonton to spread the word about Catelli’s newest line of pastas, Healthy Harvest® Ancient Grains, a whole grain pasta made from 100% Canadian whole wheat and five nutrient-rich ancient grains: quinoa, millet, amaranth, teff, and sorghum. We got to learn about the grains themselves and characteristics of the pasta, as well as lots of tasty recipe ideas from Lynn.
Lynn and her helpers whipped up some rotini with marinara and spaghettini with fresh pesto (which I gobbled up in less than a minute), and we got a real idea of how this pasta acts with different sauces. While some whole wheat pastas tend to be a little tough or gummy, the Healthy Harvest Ancient Grains pasta was surprisingly delicate with a perfect bite. Generously tossed with basil pesto – which was whizzed up while the pasta cooked – this spaghettini tasted like it wouldn’t be out of place in a nice restaurant (in fact, Chef Lynn says Catelli is her go-to pasta at her restaurant, Ruby Watchco).
The ancient grains in this pasta make it supercharged with protein, dietary fibre, vitamins, and minerals: an 85g serving has 12g of protein, 8g of fibre, and 25% of your Daily Value for iron (that last one is important!) Plus it couldn’t be easier to make, and it has a great nutty flavour. Since it’s so much more nutritionally rich than regular white pasta, I feel like I’ve been given free license to indulge in my favourite dishes without guilt – a gift from the Pasta Gods!
I decided to share a quick recipe for my go-to weeknight pasta dish, which takes a grand total of 10 minutes to make and is so, so, so tasty. Using the Healthy Harvest Ancient Grains spaghetti instead of white pasta gives this dish such a boost in flavour and texture – not to mention all the nutritional upshots – I doubt I’ll ever use the white stuff again.
- 200g Catelli® Healthy Harvest® Ancient Grains spaghetti or spagettini
- ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons dried chili flakes
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- 1½ cups fresh breadcrumbs (a few slices of bread whizzed up in the food processor)
- ½ cup basil pesto, store bought or homemade
- Basil leaves and grated parmesan, to serve
- Get a big pot of salted water boiling, and heat the oil in a large frying pan on medium heat.
- Add the pasta to the rapidly boiling water and cook for 7 minutes; meanwhile, add the garlic, chili flakes, rosemary and oregano to the oil and cook about 1 minute. Add the breadcrumbs and stir to evenly coat in the oil; cook and stir for 3-5 minutes, until everything is golden and crispy. Remove the breadcrumbs from heat.
- When the pasta is done, remove from heat, drain, and return it to the pot. Toss in the pesto and half of the breadcrumb mixture. Divide into serving bowls and top with the rest of the breadcrumbs, basil leaves, and parmesan.
Now here’s the exciting part: Catelli has generously offered to give away a whole year’s supply of Healthy Harvest® Ancient Grains pasta – that’s 60 boxes and ENDLESS tasty possibilities.
You can enter to win by: a) Following Edible Woman on Twitter; b) Visiting the Edible Woman Facebook page (likes are appreciated!); c) leaving a comment on this post, letting me know what your favourite easy pasta dish is. All of the above = more contest entries! You can use the little Rafflecopter widget below to keep track of your entries, and in the meantime, here’s a coupon for $1 off a box of Catelli® Healthy Harvest® Ancient Grains pasta.
This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. A winner will be chosen at random and announced at 9 am MDT on April 2nd, and I will contact the winner by email shortly after that.