• Jennifer Bonner

Healthy Pantry Pasta

It is that time, once again. Grocery shopping time.

But with the social distancing in place, I'm still using my out and about time wisely. Currently, I only grocery shop when absolutely needed. And somedays, I enjoy being in my own little world without venturing out...and today was just like that. Plus, tomorrow is grocery day, so why go two days in a row?

I was watching Ryan Murphy's new Netflix show Hollywood (OMG LOVE IT), and thought, "Oh, its 1 pm, I guess I should make some lunch."

I was out of my meal prepped salads for the week (I'm bad a math, ok) and trying to follow the Tone it Up Nutrition Plan guidelines of lean clean, and green after 3 pm, I really only had one option. That fiber and protein-packed pasta in the pantry was calling my name

But...noooooooooooooooo!!!! No sauce! No flour to make anything creamy. No butter (I'm shopping tomorrow, I promise). What will I top this pasta with!? I can't just eat it. ICK. THE HUMANITY!

So, what did I have? I had some leftover asparagus that I needed to use...hmmm..ok. Minced garlic, we KNOW that it does well with pasta. Frozen turkey meatballs (Greenwise from Public - SO good), olives (always), the last quarter of a container of chopped red onions, and....YES. OLIVE OIL.

Ok. I can make something happen here.

To be totally honest, I never really learned to cook. When I started caring about what was going in my body, working out, and just living a healthier lifestyle, I realized that had to go along with it. My aunt was always so good at just making things up in the kitchen. But Miss Perfectionist here, the thought seemed to scare me. What if I mess up?!?! Well, today seemed like a good a day as any to tell that liar to sit down and try something new.

And my healthy pantry pasta was born. I made enough for 3 days!

Here's what you'll need:

  • Pasta - Fiber Gourmet Penne (any pasta you like, but this one is PACKED with fiber and protein and honey ingredients. Get it here.

  • Olive Oil - 6 Tbs (I honestly just threw some in there, but if you need to measure, this is where to start)

  • Asparagus - 6-10 spears

  • Red Onions - minced (I used about 1/4 cup)

  • Garlic - 2 Tbs minced (or more to taste)

  • Frozen Turkey Meatballs - 3 per serving (Greenwise found here if you have a Publix)

  • Pinch of Salt

  • Kalamata Olives (optional)


  • Bring water to boil in a large pot

  • Add pasta and lower heat. Cook until al dente. About 10 minutes

  • In a separate pan, add garlic, onions, asparagus and olive oil. Cook until onions are translucent and the asparagus is cooked to desired tenderness.

  • Drain pasta

  • Put pasta back in the large pot. Add Olive Oil, asparagus, garlic, and onion mixtures to the pot.

  • Stir well.

  • Spoon into a lovely bowl

  • Add olives (optional)

  • ENJOY!

Simple right? And at only 389 calories per serving with a healthy balance on protein, fats, and carbs, this is one you will reach for again and again.

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