By Mayo Clinic Staff

Dietitian's tip:

Though this recipe calls for penne — a  diagonally cut tube pasta — you can substitute any type of pasta, including bow ties, rotelle or ziti.

Number of servings

Serves 2
  1. High Fiber
  2. Low Sodium


  1. 1/3 pound whole-wheat penne pasta
  2. 1/2 cup chopped asparagus, 1-inch pieces
  3. 1 tablespoon water
  4. 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  5. 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, plus whole leaves for garnish
  6. 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  7. 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  8. 2 ounces goat cheese


Fill a large pot 3/4 full with water and bring to boil. Add the pasta and cook until tender (al dente), 10 to 12 minutes, or according to the package directions. Drain the pasta thoroughly.

While the pasta is cooking, put the asparagus and water in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat the asparagus on high power until tender-crisp, about 3 minutes.

In a bowl, combine the cherry tomatoes, basil, garlic and pepper. Add the asparagus, pasta and goat cheese and toss until well-mixed. Place in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes to cool.

Divide the pasta between the plates. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and serve.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving size: About 2 1/2 cups

  • Total carbohydrate 64 g
  • Dietary fiber 10 g
  • Sodium 142 mg
  • Saturated fat 4 g
  • Total fat 8 g
  • Trans fat 0 g
  • Cholesterol 13 mg
  • Protein 17 g
  • Monounsaturated fat 1 g
  • Calories 396
  • Added sugars 0 g
Aug. 19, 2014