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Fettuccine doesn’t need to be in a heavy cream sauce to be delicious. Try this delicious healthy pasta dish with arugula, sugar snap peas and a spark of lemon for a fresh-tasting pasta dinner.

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  • 8 oz multigrain fettuccine
  • 1/2 cup arugula, chopped fine
  • 2 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 4 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 6 oz sugar snap peas
  • 1 Tbsp chopped pistachios


  • In a pot, cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the arugula, lemon zest, 3 Tbsp of the Parmesan and the black pepper to taste. Add 1 tsp of the olive oil and the lemon juice and stir to combine.
  • In a skillet, heat the remaining 2 tsp olive oil. Add the garlic and shallot and sauté until the shallot is softened, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar snap peas and 2 tablespoons of the reserved pasta water and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the peas are bright green. Remove from the heat.
  • Add the cooked pasta, the arugula mixture and the remaining reserved pasta water to the skillet with the sugar snap peas. Stir to combine. Top with the pistachios and the remaining 1 tablespoon Parmesan.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1 cup 
Per Serving:
Calories: 282
Fat: 6g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Cholesterol: 5mg
Sodium: 100mg
Carbohydrates: 45g
Fiber: 7g
Protein: 12g

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Date Last Reviewed: July 18, 2018

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