Time 15 min.

Serves 6

This dish boasts three brain boosters: omega-3 fatty acids, folate and fiber. Recent studies suggest that eating fish, nuts, whole grains and fresh produce as part of a Mediterranean diet can boost your cognitive ability—how your brain processes and remembers information—and may reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.


  • 1 (12 ounce) package whole-wheat bow-tie pasta
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb asparagus, ends trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp grated Parmesan
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup pasta cooking water, reserved


  1. Boil a large pot of water. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet and cook asparagus 2 minutes. Stir in salt, walnuts and cumin and cook 1 minute more.
  3. Add pasta to skillet and turn off heat. Add Parmesan, pepper and pasta cooking water (1 Tbsp at a time), if needed.

Nutrition Per Serving: 359 calories, 12 g protein, 47 g carbohydrates, 7 g fiber, 17 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 1 mg cholesterol, 469 mg sodium

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at Healthcommunities.com

Published: 23 Sep 2011

Last Modified: 25 Mar 2015