Pasta anyone??
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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.
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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!
Win win!
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!
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Fettuccini with Tomato-Cream Sauce

Yield: 4 servings

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Divide pasta among 4 bowls, top with 1 tablespoon of basil and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 1 1/4 cups • Calories: 383 • Fat: 8 g • Carbs: 52.7 g • Fiber: 3.6 g • Protein: 12.9 g • WW Points+: 9 pts

http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com/2012/08/fettuccini-with-tomato-cream-sauce.html
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Hope you enjoy this as much as I did!
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