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Sunday, July 25, 2010

A Healthy Creamy Pasta

creamy pasta

This is a quick pasta recipe I found on one of my favorite blogs. The recipe is just so blog worthy, as it is very simple and super delicious. The major feat here though is a creamy pasta that is not fattening or dry. You know the scenario-you skimp on cream sauce for the hips and end up with a dry pasta dish, or you go ahead and make enough buttery cream sauce only to regret the indulgence later. Well, there's none of that going on here, Dearies!

You also get a dose of friendly flora for your digestive tract with this dish, which is something we can all use these days!



















Recipe adapted a bit from Serendipity-Serves 4-5
1 lb. of your favorite pasta
1 1/4 Cup Low Fat Plain Yogurt (Organic Please!)
6 Tbsp. of Basil Pesto
2-3 Tbsp. Real Parmesan Cheese
Salt & Black Pepper to taste

Boil your pasta according to package instructions.

About 3 minutes before your pasta is done boiling, place the yogurt, pesto, and cheese in a pan on very low heat-as low as your stove can go. You're only taking the chill off this mixture, not cooking it! Whisk the mixture a bit while waiting for pasta to be done. Drain the pasta well and throw into the pan. Remove from the heat immediately and mix well. Serve with extra Parmesan, sea salt, and black pepper.

Enjoy!

Oh, & a rum shot for extra digestive help!


















p.s.-I'm going to see if I can veganize this recipe for my vegan lovelies. I feel it's just a matter of finding the right plain, vegan yogurt. Hmm?

60 comments:

  1. A very enjoyable pasta dish.
    Great work ♥

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  2. Hmm. A creamy healthy pasta. I'm a believer now!

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  3. Hey Stella!

    Hope you and Cajldron boy are having a lovely weekend. I always try to stay off blogging on the weekends but everytime I have a spare moment I find myself blogging on my phone. Especially when I see Witchy Kitchen on my google reader, how can I resist? I'll definitely have to try this wonderful recipe. My hubby is always trying homemade pasta sauce recipes and I'd have to say he's 0 for 4 now. I guess I'll have to show him how it's done (with your help...teehee) eh? Shhh....lol. Just kidding, I'm sure he'll know it's not my recipe from how great it's going to taste. Haha. And when I tell him it's partly your recipe it'll all make sense. I love that you used yogurt for that creaminess yet it's guiltfree - genius! If it's as good as it looks (which I'm sure it'll be better as your magic usually is) it's going to blow his mind away. And I totally agree with the rum. Now that's how you get some "rummy" in my tummy (wink). I'll let you know how it goes when I get a chance to make this. Thanks for sharing Stella.

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  4. My favorite part is the photo of your rum! Super cute ending - loads of food love from Wisconsin! Megan

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  5. Hi Stella. I was intrigued by your blog name and had to stop over to visit you! Love this format. So witchy eh eh :) I like this approach to natural rememdies so I will be sure to visit often. AND the recipes look really good too. Thing I am going to have to start with those muffins.

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  6. Who couldn't use some good flora in their life? Great idea to use yogurt as a pasta sauce! Oh and organic all the way. It is the only way. :)

    Let me know if you find a good vegan yogurt...I have yet to find one!

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  7. I love creamy pasta dishes! This is def a healthier version from the normal mayo dressing I use on mine :)

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  8. I glad you are concerned for my waistline! I just made something similar and it was awesome! Love the addition of pesto!

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  9. Stella, what a wonderful adaptation. IMHO that's the best thing of all -- seeing someone take my idea and make it their own. BRAVA! I love to see my ideas spark new ideas in someone else, which in turn spark even more new ideas in others. That's why I blog...

    This is so light and simple! Thanks for posting it.

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  10. Wow...your pasta looks very creamy and delicious. I like it.

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  11. Great pasta, Stella, and wonderful photo. I have to go for regular checkup tests tomorrow and know my levels will not make the doc happy... must eat more food like this!!! May I also say... I love your red ribbon witchy motif... a new signature, perhaps??

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  12. I never thought of using yogurt in pasta! Much lighter alternative to cream cheese or sour cream. This looks delicious, I could easily live on pasta.

    And I love your digestive! :D

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  13. Ooooooh, I love creamy pasta! I've never tried making it with yogurt before, and I'm sure that my thighs will thank you for posting this recipe! It looks excellent, especially with the rum.

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  14. Thanks for avoiding extra calories that we don't need in our diets! Maintaining the waistline is getting more difficult to do these days. I try to eat a smaller amount of pasta with a larger amount of veggies or salad! Love this recipe, beautiful photographs Stella, especially nice with the little frosty glass of iced rum:-)

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  15. I totally agree with you that there's a fine line between healthy...and cardboard! OK. Maybe that line is not so "fine." We have a recipe for vegan alfredo sauce that uses silken tofu whipped with a little bit of plain soy milk and nutritional yeast flakes (plus garlic, pepper & salt...of course!) I can look it up if you want me to, but we love that recipe. My daughter calls for it by name. Thanks for another great recipe and for your great pics...and digestive drinks. All the makings for a great evening!

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  16. Stella...do you mean I can actually put more Rum in my Mojito without too much guilt? You've made my day!!!

    Excellent, tasty and nutritional recipe. Thanks for sharing such simplicity ;o)

    Ciao for now and have a great day,
    Claudia

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  17. Stella this pasta look heavenly and yummy, love your rum shot! huggs!! gloria

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  18. A great idea! That pasta dish looks so scrumptious!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  19. Oh my goodness Stella! That is really easy. Those shell pastas are my favorite. Like the good all velvetta days. But these are far more healthier. Wouldn't make me skip meals after having a little bite.

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  20. creamy+pasta+healthy+a rum shot= genius!!

    love ya,
    sweetlife

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  21. For it to be healthy, I'm glad it's so simple! Bookmarking :] !

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  22. Love the idea of healthy...yogurt is great...and sure the pasta looks delicious!

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  23. Yes of course, a rum for digestive purposes is important with creamy pasta! So decadent!

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  24. Wait a minute, did you just say a non-fat plain yogurt to make a cream sauce?! This is genius Stella!!! I love cream sauce but can't have to much due to the fat. Now, I can have as many pasta cream sauce as I want!

    Sorry for a delay. I'm trying not to go on a computer too much on the weekend!

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  25. Healthy and creamy– yes! But you forgot add colorful and (I just know it) delicious. GREG

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  26. What an easy creamy pasta to whip up! Yum.

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  27. This is lovely Stella. I love the addition of plain yogurt instead of heavy cream sauce. This is a must try on my list, as I am watching my waistline lol!

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  28. I love your big shell pasta! This looks like one my kids and I would go crazy for! I might even win my husband over. :) The substitution of yogurt is such a great idea too.

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  29. Oh Stella, I love when food look and taste like you are indulging but they are good for you. The shell pasta looks lovely.

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  30. Dear Stella, i love your blog and thanks for dropping at mine! Being a Pescetarian and part time vegetarian, your blog rocks!

    Looking thru your archive for ideas now ;)

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  31. What a pretty bowl of pasta - that spells comfort food to me and it's so very difficult to find healthy or at least, not so unhealthy comfort food!

    This is definitely a winner in my book :)

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  32. How nice that this uses yogurt instead of cream! Already thick and delicious. I love making vegan cream sauces out of almond milk...it's really low in calories but tastes very rich and luscious!

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  33. Stella, you have been cooking some really healthy and yummy dishes...I am going to try this one soon!

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  34. Hi Stella,
    This looks like something I should try out tonight on my three resident males(!). I just wonder if I can get away with the yogurt part of it??? I wanted to tell you that I've made your sunflower-seed pesto a couple of times since you posted it last May, and the guys here couldn't tell that it didn't contain pine nuts (what I've traditionally used for pesto--but oh-so pricey!). It was a big dinner-time victory, both from a taste standpoint and a money standpoint. Your magical powers continue to amaze and enthrall!
    :) Jane

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  35. I love using yogurt in pasta dishes - love the tang!

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  36. That's a pretty bowl of pasta. I've never thought of using yogurt with pasta. It's a good substitute for cream.

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  37. Sounds amazing! I was wondering where you were. Thanks for sharing (=

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  38. I love creamy pastas, but always worry about the fat content. Definitely bookmarking this one! Thanks for sharing :)

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  39. hi Stella

    I gotta say I am seeing the light with using Yogurt instead of cream....it really sounds like you wouldn't even know the difference.....thanks for reminding us we can still eat well while taking care of ourselves! That pasts looks delicious!
    Dennis

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  40. Thank you for a healthy type of cream! I love this dish. Sounds wonderful!

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  41. Your pasta dish looks so creamy and delicious. And what a bonus that it is also low fat. My basil plant is really fragrant right now and this will be a perfect way to use it. Thanks.

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  42. Great idea! I love using a nice creamy yogurt in pasta. It assuages my guilt! :P

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  43. Hi Stella,
    Yum! Love my yoghurt and what a great, guilt-free way of enjoying a "creamy" pasta. I understand the conundrum all too well. I let Bob enjoy most of the sauce while mine goes practically dry because he prefers his sauce with pasta :p xoxo

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  44. Oh, I do love creamy sauces, and I eat them at the risk of turning into a blobby, wobbly mess! Low-fat yoghurt will be on my shopping list next time, thanks!

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  45. Mmm, de-lish! I'm not a pasta fan, but that looks scrumptious!

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  46. It does look creamy, could not have guessed it was yogurt! Mouth watering pasta! and that rum shot at the end was just perfect for digestion ;o)

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  47. I very much love this pasta dish, and love the yogurt... As for the rum, OK... maybe a bit of ginger too so we can go all the way healthy :)

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  48. I think using yogurt as the base of a creamy pasta sauce is brilliant. Not only is it more economical, but it is so much better for our hearts and our digestive tracks. Thanks for sharing another healthy recipe!

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  49. I love recipes with only a handful of ingredients. Sold!

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  50. I really loved the idea of using low fat yogurt instead of cream.

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  51. love the creamy pasta using yogurt. Also the rum shot sure helps hahah :)

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  52. I think it's my first time here! What a lovely blog you have here. This pasta looks fabulous! I already bookmarked it. :)

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  53. This recipe looks so good, it should be illegal! I can't believe that there is no cream. This is definitely going onto our menu soon.

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  54. Marvelous, Stella! I love the yogurt in there! So simple, too. This is going to be a make-often recipe for me!

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  55. Using yogurt in a pasta is wild, Stella!

    I can't get over how creamy that looks and I especially like your use of pasta shells to trap all the saucy deliciousness :)

    Ciao,Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

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  56. Just love pasta with yogurt sauce (which is what we do over here) I also like the addition of pesto to it!

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  57. I would never have guessed you used yogurt for this. I've thrown it in some of my pasta dishes before but never as a main component. I'll have to give this a try, too. I need to be watching my fat intake--not much will power, though. Thanks for posting this. :-)

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  58. You make me want to rush to the kitchen and cook some pasta now! This looks totally delicious!

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  59. Yogurt is the best with pasta, it gives that creamy texture and would never thought of a little shot of rum (medicinal purposes of course). Smart lady :)

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