The Good News The night before a long bike ride, Laurent Gras carbo-loads by eating pasta tossed with a variety of vegetables for dinner; here, he combines green tomatoes, zucchini, asparagus and vitamin A–rich spinach. "I make this dish often in the early summer, when green vegetables are just coming into the market," he says. "You can eat a lot of it and still feel good about yourself. It doesn't make you tired like other, heavier pasta dishes can." More Healthy Pasta Recipes

July 2008


Credit: © Quentin Bacon

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25 mins


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  • Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Fill a bowl with ice water. Using a paring knife, core the tomatoes and make a shallow X in the bottom of each one. Blanch the tomatoes in the boiling water until their skins just begin to split, about 30 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the tomatoes to the ice water to cool, then drain and peel. Halve the tomatoes and discard the seeds. Cut the tomato flesh into 1/2-inch dice.

  • Bring a pot or large saucepan of salted water to a boil. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the sliced zucchini and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until almost tender, about 3 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes and cook until they begin to break down, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes. Season with salt.

  • Cook the farfalle in the boiling water until al dente, adding the asparagus to the pot 1 minute before the pasta is done. Drain the pasta and asparagus well, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water.

  • Return the pasta and asparagus to the pot. Add the zucchini-tomato mixture, along with the spinach, tarragon and the reserved pasta water and season with salt. Spoon the farfalle into bowls, sprinkle with the ricotta salata and serve.


One Serving 416 cal, 13 gm fat, 2.9 gm sat fat, 63 gm carb, 4.1 gm fiber.