A very popular form of pasta is the tubular ridged form known as Penne Rigate. It got its name from the fact that each piece sort of resembles a birds quill, but with ridges. I prefer it over standard spaghetti due to it ability to hold more sauce. Penne also cooks up in boiling water in just six minutes, or in about half the time of spaghetti, and that’s another plus!
From a nutritional standpoint, Penne is a rather decent food as it adds iron, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin and some Folic acid to the party. The downside, if you want to call it that, is the relatively hefty amount of calories coming in at about 200 per ¾ cup of cooked pasta! When you add a hearty meat sauce, the calorie count can quickly jump over 400 in what amounts to a really small bowl of food. Oftentimes, and in order to help balance the caloric load, many people prefer to have a light salad on the side. But, that’s really not me…
The following is a very simple way to ratchet this meal deal to over 800 calories!
¾ cup cooked Penne 200
¼ cup homemade sauce with meat 123
1 slice of garlic bread 130
1 tblsp Parmesan cheese 20
1 cup vegetable salad 150
2 tblsp Italian dressing 80
1 cup milk 146
Gag me! So, what’s the lesson to learn here? Well, if you’re gonna eat some pasta try and make sure to only have a small side of salad with water!