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Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Bacon, Shrimp, and Watercress

Watercress adds a peppery bite to this shrimp-bacon combo of Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Bacon, Shrimp, and Watercress.

Health JANUARY 2013

  • Yield: Makes: 4 servings (serving size: 1 3/4 cups)
  • Cook time:15 Minutes
  • Prep time:5 Minutes


  • 8 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 1 slice thick-cut bacon
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 pound large shrimp
  • 1 bunch watercress, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Crushed red pepper (optional)


1. Cook the pasta according to the label until al dente. Reserve 3 TBSP cooking liquid; drain.

2. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Cool on paper towels, crumble, and reserve. Add oil and onion to skillet. Cook until soft (5-7 minutes).

3. Add shrimp. Raise heat to medium-high; cook until opaque (5-6 minutes). Toss in watercress, pasta with water, bacon, pepper, and red pepper.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 330
  • Fat: 6.7g
  • Saturated fat: 1.2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.9g
  • Protein: 26g
  • Carbohydrate: 45g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 145mg
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Sodium: 726mg
  • Calcium: 137mg

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