Friday Food : Steamed Fettuccine Primavera

Happy Friday! TGIF and all other lovely welcomes. I have made it through almost a week of my new diet plan. Updates on that perhaps on Sunday. For now I have a recipe to share with you, as I do each week. The following idea I picked for several reasons. 1) It’s a modified form of one of the dinners on my plan so I know it good for you! 2) It’s easily adapted to people’s spice and veggie preferences 3) Today is International Barefoot Running Day! For all my runner friends out there, here is pasta for your carb-loading pleasure.

Steamed Fettuccine Primavera

What you will need:

  • Fettuccine (2-3oz)
  • Broccoli – 2/3 cup
  • Carrots –  2/3 cup
  • Zucchini – 1/2 cup
  • Yellow Squash – 1/2 cup
  • Grape Tomatoes – 1/4 cup
  • Milk – 3/4 cup
  • Cornstarch – 1 teaspoon
  • Vegetable Broth – 1/4 cup
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese – 1 tablespoon
  • Ricotta or Cottage Cheese – 1 tablespoon
  • Optional Spices: garlic, salt, thyme, white pepper

 
Directions:

  1. Boil and drain fettuccine, set aside
  2. Steam broccoli, carrots, zucchini, and squash approximately 2-3 minutes
  3. In a separate bowl dilute cornstarch with milk
  4. In a sauce pan, bring broth to a simmer, adding desired spice levels
  5. Add cooked pasta and heat
  6. Add remaining milk and cornstarch to pasta and simmer
  7. Combine with Ricotta and Parmesan cheeses
  8. Serve with hot veggies, adding grape tomatoes and topping with extra sauce

Serving size: 1 person. Increase amounts as needed for additional servings.

Photos & Comments:

A close up of the pasta bowl

Cups of squash and zucchini are hard to estimate (IMHO) I used about 10 slices of each

Read your labels. It took me 5 extra minutes to find “good” fettuccine. What’s “good”? Well, everything I found had 2g of fiber or fewer, I finally found one with 3g and was going to buy it when another box caught my eye. I walked away with pasta that is SIX GRAMS of fiber and no additives. It also wasn’t expensive. If you have it in your grocery, give Bella Terra a try.  No they did not know I was going to give them props, that is all my doing.

The sauce is very thin, if you prefer a thicker sauce you will want to use more cornstarch or less milk

I can’t believe how pretty this turned out and how great it smells! FYI I made it Thursday night for lunch on Friday and I had a hard time not digging in at midnight!

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