I'm not really sure why. I think part of the reason is that I don't like tomato sauce. I'll put up with it on my pizza or in a lasagna, but really--I don't like it. This is a huge dilemma for the health-conscious side of me, because now I'm left with cream sauces. Of course these sauces taste good, but because I know how many calories are in them, I'm basically counting each piece of pasta that goes into my mouth to make sure I don't over-indulge.
So while I don't typically make pasta, I was intrigued by Ellie Krieger's recipe in The Food You Crave for a "creamy red pepper sauce." Creamy? Yum. Guilt-free? (I knew Ellie would deliver a healthy, low-cal version of a cream sauce). Sign me up. And I love peppers...so here we go!
|Only a few ingredients needed--we're off to a great start!|
|Have I mentioned how much I love my food processor?|
The verdict? Pretty good! This definitely isn't something I'll crave, but when the husband is dying for some pasta--and I'm not willing to make his favorite dish, macaroni and cheese--this will be a possibility!
**Note: this recipe makes a TON! We ate it for several days.
Time: 30 minutes
*Quick and easy
*Inexpensive ingredients--mostly pantry items (except feta, which we always have on hand anyway!)
*Mild flavor--might work for a variety of palates
*Not as flavorful as other sauces--needs some tweaking
*add 4 oz light cream cheese for a little more creaminess--the sauce needed a little 'something' to bulk it up
*skip adding pasta water--I didn't add the whole 1/2 cup Ellie mentions, but shouldn't have added any at all.
*roast (hotter) peppers myself and use those for more intense flavor
- Nutritional Analysis per serving (6 servings):
- Total fat: 11 grams
- Saturated fat:4.5 grams
- Protein:18 grams
- Fiber:10 grams