Heart Healthy Recipe: Whole Wheat Pasta with Broccolini and Feta

Thanks to Food Network for this great recipe.

Heart Healthy Recipe Whole Wheat PastaWhat better way to plan a dinner than with a delicious bowl of pasta? How about a dinner with a delicious and heart healthy bowl of pasta? That’s right up our alley!

This whole wheat pasta with broccolini and feta is a filling dish with plenty of zesty flavor. Easy to prepare, good for you, and delicious. The heart healthy recipe is below.


  • 1 medium shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch broccolini (about 10 ounces), stems cut into 2-inch stems, and florets
  • 1 medium bunch radishes, trimmed and very thinly sliced
  • 12 ounces whole-wheat rigatoni
  • 1 tablespoon sherry wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 7 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

Note: a helpful reviewer of this recipe subbed out the radishes and subbed in grape tomatoes, then added some grilled chicken and garlic. Give that a shot if it sounds up your alley.

Put the shallots in a bowl and cover with cold water. Soak for about 10 minutes; drain.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it generously. Fill a medium bowl with ice water and salt it as well. Add the broccolini to the boiling water and cook until crisp-tender, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the radish slices, and cook 30 seconds, more. Use a slotted spoon or strainer to scoop out the vegetables and plunge them immediately into the ice water. Drain the vegetables, pat them very dry.

Add the pasta to the same pot of boiling water, and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about 8 to 9 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Whisk the sherry vinegar, orange zest, the 3/4 teaspoon salt and pepper, to taste, in a large serving bowl. Gradually whisk in the oil, starting with a few drops and then adding the rest in a steady stream, to make a dressing.

Toss the rigatoni, broccolini, radish and shallot with the dressing. Add the feta cheese and toss lightly. Serve warm or room temperature.

If you tried out this recipe or you have a heart healthy recipe of your own, we want to hear it! Give your notes in the comments below. Happy eating!

About Sherman Health

Sherman Health has provided medical care to Northern IL since 1888, and is currently home to a network of over 600 physicians. The Sherman blogs are edited by me, Luke. Questions? Comments? Links? Email address is luke at shermanhealth dot com.
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