Great, Fresh Lunch

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A little while ago I had one of the most satisfying Weight Watcher friendly meals I’ve had in a long time.  I don’t know if it was because it was so tasty or because I made it from absolute scratch but it was sooo good.  Before you ask, yes, I made it from scratch…I even made the pasta.

I spent all of last night making pasta and so far all the effort seems worth it.  I made two types, one herb pasta and one chili pepper pasta.  I used chili pepper pasta for today’s lunch.  It was SO good!  It wasn’t necessarily hot but it definitely added to the flavor and I could feel a bit of spice in the back of my throat.  It was delicious.  I am a bit hesitant about posting the recipe away because I’m currently pondering adding homemade pasta (dried) to my Etsy store and this will be one of them.

This recipe does not belong to me, it’s is literally a Weight Watchers recipe.  I did a few modifications though, I used 8 oz of my fresh pasta instead of the 5 oz of dried pasta they called for and used a bit more bacon only to round it up to 3 slices.  I also cooked the bacon before adding it to the pasta and used chicken instead of vegetable broth.  I guess this is then, technically, a new recipe LOL.

Fresh Pasta Alfredo

8 oz fresh chili pepper fettuccine (or regular fettuccine)
3 slices Canadian bacon, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
6 tbsp chicken broth
1/2 cup fat free evaporated milk
1 tsp cornstarch
1 tbsp water
3/4 oz grated Parmesan cheese
black pepper to taste
chives, chopped

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.  Cook the bacon in a small skillet until it is starting to brown.

Spray a medium skillet with nonstick spray, set it over medium heat.  When hot, add the garlic and onions and cook, stirring occassionally, until the onion is soft.  In the mean time, mix the water and cornstarch.  Once the onions are soft, add the broth and milk. Bring to a boil and add the cornstarch mixture.  Cook until thickened, about 4 or 5 minutes.

While the sauce cooks, drop the pasta into the boiling water and cook until done.  Fresh pasta will need very little cooking time.  As little as 30 seconds for angel hair.  Fettucine will need about 1 minute to a 1 minute and a half.

Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.  Add the drained pasta and the Parmesan cheese.  Cook for an additional minute or until the cheese melts.  Serve sprinkled with the bacon and chives.

Serves 2

So yummy.  I’m already thinking about what I’m going to make using the rest of the pasta!  Even my husband who does not “like” pasta devoured it.  He told me “if this is what homemade pasta tastes like then you might convert me!”  He has so much to learn!

  1. Mark @ Cafe Campana

    I am usually weary of healthy food. I am scared it is going to put my body which relies on my constant butter ingestion out of balance. This dish look really good and I bet it was tasty.

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