Adding toasted whole-wheat breadcrumbs gives this dish a nice crunch that balances out the creaminess of the sauce. Rather than baking the shells with the crumbs on top (which can make them soggy), toast the breadcrumbs separately, and toss a handful over each serving right before you put it on the table.
The peppery bite of broccoli rabe mellows when joined by Parmesan, pine nuts, and red-pepper flakes. Plus, you get a solid serving of vegetables in a comforting bowl of pasta. You could also stir this pesto into lentils and sprinkle the dish with crumbled fresh goat cheese.
Whole-grain spaghetti gets striking color from a quick toss with pureed beets (a prime source of the phytonutrient betalain). Sun-dried tomatoes -- richer in lycopene than fresh ones -- lend the sauce a caramelized sweetness.
Adapted with permission from "Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen" by Heidi Swanson, copyright 2011. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.
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More sassy than saucy, these tangles of whole-wheat pasta and spicy arugula are studded with crushed toasted pistachios, the sweet zest of a Meyer lemon, and pungent shallots. Use a fragrant extra-virgin olive oil for the nut "pesto" and for tossing.