Anyone that knows me knows I have a love/hate relationship with pasta. I LOVE it, but my booty sure hates me for it. I rarely ever make pasta dishes anymore since I've tried to cut back on my carb intake, but when I saw this recipe in my August issue of Cooking Light, I just had to try it!
Tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic and cream cheese....umm yes please! The pasta is lightly coated, yet super flavorful and very filling. I loved everything about this and Chris sure did too! Oh and I should probably mention that your kitchen will smell amazing afterwards.
Horrible I know.
This also makes tons of leftovers which is perfect for lunch the next day. Budgeting for food is not my strongest life skill, let me just put it that way. I always end up running to the store when I need something and rarely ever plan ahead. Last week I started planning all my meals out two weeks in advance and not only did it save me over half of what I normally spend, but I was able to use up all my ingredients rather than waste any food!
This is a super budget-friendly dish and I loved having tons of extra basil leftover to use throughout the week. Now that I've started house shopping, I'm trying to save every penny I have! I've decided I'm going to have one built and lemme just tell you, Pinterest has become my best friend!
But more on that later.
Enjoy some carbs!
Serving Size: 1 1/4 cups
Fat: 8 g
Carbs: 52.7 g
Fiber: 3.6 g
Protein: 12.9 g
Old Points: 7.6 pts
Points+: 9 pts
Here are your ingredients:
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light
8 oz. uncooked fettuccine
4 quarts boiling water
1/2 tsp. salt, divided
1 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp coarsely chopped garlic
1 (28 oz) can whole peeled tomatoes, drained and crushed
3 oz. fat-free cream cheese
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
1/4 cup small fresh basil leaves
1/2 oz. shredded Parmesan cheese
Cook pasta in 4 quarts of boiling water with 1/4 teaspoon salt for 8 minutes or until noodles are almost al dente. Drain pasta, reserving 1 1/3 cups of pasta cooking water.
Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add oil then garlic and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and tomatoes, cook for 3 minutes. Add in reserved 1 1/3 cups pasta water and bring to a boil. Stir in cream cheese and mix until smooth. Add in pasta and red pepper and cook an additional 3 minutes or until pasta is al dente, tossing to coat.
Divide pasta among 4 bowls, top with 1 tablespoon of basil and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!
Hope you enjoy this as much as I did!