Italian, Pasta, Recipes

Simple Weeknight Fettuccine

February 27, 2013

I don’t know why pasta feels like a fancy food to me but for some reason whenever I have pasta for lunch or dinner I feel like I made such an effort in preparing an elaborate meal. Although in reality we all know that pasta actually cooks itself and all that’s required of you is to whip up a fantastic sauce that will make the meal unforgettable.

Fettucine from Healthinspirations.net-0473

That’s how this dish came together. I was craving pasta on a cold day so I cooked fettuccine and raided the fridge while it was simmering on the stovetop. The sauce is not a sauce per sé but rather vegetables lightly fried with ham cubes smothered in a few tablespoons of Greek yoghurt. When recipes call for bacon cubes I cheat and use ham cubes instead. The flavor is almost the same and it’s just a bit healthier. The same goes for when I make carbonara sauce.

Fettucine from Healthinspirations.net-0498

To save more time, instead of sautéing the spinach I simply washed the baby spinach  in a strainer and drained the pasta right into it. That way the spinach was wilted and I poured them right back into the pot and added the other ingredients which were sautéing in a bit of extra virgin olive oil. The whole meal requires only 20 minutes to make so it’s perfect for a weeknight dinner.

Fettucine from Healthinspirations.net-0501

You can also be creative and swap ingredients: I suggest trying it with actual bacon to see if there’s a noticeable difference or instead of spinach use kale. Of course playing around with the pasta itself will make things seem like a completely new recipe. I just really like using fettuccine because they’re nice and doughy.

Simply Weeknight Fettuccine

serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 200g fettuccine
  • 4 handful baby spinach
  • 1-2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 125g ham {or optionally bacon} cubes
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 large bell pepper {I like the red ones most but this is personal preference}, chopped
  • 5 dried tomatoes {the ones that are preserved in olive oil}, quartered
  • 4-5 tbsp. Greek yoghurt
  • salt + pepper {+chili}
  • freshly grated parmesan to sprinkle on top of the pasta

Instructions:

  1. Cook the pasta according to instructions.
  2. In the meantime heat up the olive oil and sauté the ham cubes until crispy. Then add in the shallot and bell pepper and continue sautéing until softened. Set aside.
  3. Wash the spinach in a strainer.
  4. When the pasta is al dente drain directly onto the spinach. Transfer both the spinach and pasta back into the pot and heat up.
  5. Add in the chopped dried tomatoes, sautéed bacon and bell pepper and mix everything at medium-high heat.
  6. Add the end stir in the Greek yoghurt to cover the pasta and season with salt and pepper. For those who like to spice up their life add some dried chili.
  7. Serve immediately and add freshly grated parmesan.

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3 Comments

  • Reply Kathryn February 27, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    I know what you mean about pasta – for how simple it is, it seems way more fancy! This is such a lovely weeknight supper too. Quick, easy and delicious!

  • Reply Meghan@cleaneatsfastfeets March 3, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Love it; I just did a pasta oriented post. Great minds think alike.

    • Reply Antonia March 3, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      they certainly do 🙂

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