Celebrate a World of Flavors – European Cuisine
Wednesday, June 1, 2022

“Celebrate a World of Flavors” is a chance to learn more about your own food culture and those around you. Learn how to eat a well-balanced meal with lots of flavors! Expand your diet by learning how to make an authentic European dish and dine at a  Blue Zones Project ApprovedTM Restaurant!

Fettucine is a type of pasta originated from Italy whose name means “little ribbons.” This dish uses an alternative whole-wheat fettuccine. Foods made up of mostly whole grains are good sources of fiber, vitamins and minerals that support a healthy nervous and immune system.

Creamy Tomato Fettucine
American Heart Association


  • 8 ounces dried whole-wheat fettuccine, spaghetti or angel-hair pasta
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion (about 1 small)
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced OR 1 teaspoon minced jarred garlic
  • 1 14.5-ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2/3 cup fat-free ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil OR 1 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  1. Prepare the pasta using the package directions, omitting the salt. Drain well in a colander. Transfer to a large serving bowl. Cover to keep warm. Set aside. 
  2. Lightly spray a medium saucepan with cooking spray. Cook the onion and garlic over medium heat for 3 minutes, or until the onion is soft, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes, ricotta cheese, basil, sugar and pepper.
  4. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer for 8 minutes, or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally 
  5. Pour the sauce over the pasta, tossing to combine. 

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