Wednesday, 1 March 2017

P'S TOP PICKS: PERFECT PASTA RECIPES!

Isn't pasta the best?

It's cheap, it's delicious, and it's one of the best comfort foods going.


I already shared my recipe for my "healthier" version of spaghetti carbonara last year (you can find it here if you've missed it!) but I thought I would share some of the other delicious pasta recipes I've found online and tried and tested, and utterly fallen in love with. I promise you, all of what is about to come is absolutely delicious!

So let's dive right in . . . to a big bowl of carbs. Mmmmmm....


Creamy Sundried Tomato and Avocado Pesto Pasta from Blissful Basil


I love avocado nearly as much as I adore pasta, and combining the two with sundried tomatoes is inspired - it is practically a health-food rather than a pasta dish! ;-) . Now, this is actually a vegan recipe so if you are completely plant-based, this is an ideal recipe for you. However, if you eat cheese, a bit of parmesan with this goes perfectly. The recipe does say to use a food processor which I don't have - however, I use a stick blender and find it works pretty well - a food processor will definitely give the pesto a smoother finish I would imagine!


Avocado and Feta Pasta from Essbeevee
Staying on the avocado theme, this particular dish also includes feta, cherry tomatoes and red onion and it is utterly delightful. Give it a whirl - you will not be disappointed!

On a separate note, you are probably already noticing I use a lot of spaghetti. Yes, I do. It's my favourite type of pasta so I tend to use it a lot. (I inexplicably don't like penne. Oddly, my sister prefers penne and hates spaghetti so apparently it goes both ways.) Most of these dishes should work with whatever pasta you like though . . . I'm sure even the next one will, despite having "spaghetti" in the title of the dish itself! ;-)


Chicken Enchilada Spaghetti from She Cooks, She Eats

Spicy, cheesy, tomato-y and with all the added deliciousness of chicken enchiladas . . . but with pasta instead. This is oh so very good - and it's also Slimming World friendly if you're trying to be good. You could probably substitute the chicken for quorn or leave it out altogether for a meat-free version if you wanted. It's pretty flexible!


Pepper and Goats Cheese Alfredo Pasta from She Cooks, She Eats

Another recipe from Amy's website (it is a very good website and I would recommend it for non-pasta related recipes also!), this goats cheese sauce is amazing. (I have also tried it as a sauce for steak and it worked with that too.) I managed to make this without a food processor (I don't know what I would do without my stick blender) and it is a very popular dish with both myself and the fella. In fact, I need to make it again very soon!


One Pot Cajun Chicken Pasta from Basement Bakehouse


Now, Cajun chicken pasta has went through somewhat of a craze amongst Slimming World fans who make it using Low Low cheese. I tried to make it myself a while back and had to use Laughing Cows instead as I couldn't find Low Low. I wasn't too enamoured. However, this version (which is also Slimming World friendly, btw) is absolutely incredible. It uses chicken stock to cook the pasta, then some quark, egg and cheese is added at the end. I loved it so much when I tried it, I had it twice in three days. Totally worth it.


So there you have it - five delicious pasta recipes (plus my own, obviously!); I hope you'll give these a go and let me know if you do. I'd also love to know your favourite pasta dishes - any excuse to make more pasta as far as I'm concerned!!! ;-)

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