With the exception of my friend Steve (what a wierdo), everyone loves a good bowl of pasta. Even though many of us try as best we can to limit our pasta intake, there’s nothing that can replace a good, comforting dish, especially when it is creamy and delicious.
To reduce my level of guilt when I do indulge, and because I like a good challenge, I try to find recipes that call for lots of creamy goodness that I can modify to be as low fat as possible, without leaving you feeling like you were cheated. I was actually pleasantly surprised at how well the conversion worked for this recipe; the original called for BOTH half and half and whole cream, in addition to a large helping of oil. I cut the oil in half and replaced both the cream and half & half with evaporated skim milk. As far as from-scratch sauces go, this was fairly quick and really simple. I was also pleasantly surprised at how well this reheated for lunch on day 2.
Happy pasta eating!
Creamy Fettuccine with Mushrooms and Sun Dried Tomatoes
½ package fettuccine
1 tbsp olive oil (I used a tablespoon of the oil from the sun dried tomatoes instead)
12 – 14 cremini mushrooms, sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
6 -7 sun dried tomatoes, chopped
2 cups chicken consomme, prepared according to package directions
1½ cups evaporated skim milk
1 cup shredded skim parmesan cheese (can also use mozzarella if you don’t have parmesan)
1 tsp dried basil
- Cook pasta according to package directions. While pasta is boiling, heat olive oil in a large saucepan. Add in mushrooms and garlic, and cook for about 4 minutes, until mushrooms soften. Add in sun dried tomatoes and cook for another minute.
- Add in prepared chicken consomme, and continue to cook over medium heat until broth has reduced to about half of original volume, stirring often. Add in 1 cup of evaporated milk, and continue to reduce, stirring regularly. Once it has reduced slightly, add in last ½ cup of milk, and then add in the cheese and stir until melted. Add in basil and stir to combine.
- Add in cooked pasta, and toss to combine. Serve and enjoy!