Saturday, January 22, 2011

Pasta with Creamy Red Pepper-Feta Sauce

After all the excesses of the holiday season, I was in the mood for something healthy to balance myself out. Since I love both red peppers and feta, I figured this pasta would be a pretty safe bet. I actually found that the sauce was a bit oniony the night it was made, but that element mellowed out overnight and ended up being quite lovely. Mixing in some steamed broccoli is also a nice way of amping up the nutritional value of the meal.

Pasta with Creamy Red Pepper-Feta Sauce (from Ellie Krieger)

What you need…
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese or a 6-ounce block
  • 1 pound whole-wheat pasta (the original recipe calls for fettuccine, but I couldn’t find whole wheat organic spaghetti)
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
What to do…
Heat the oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion and garlic until soft, about 10 minutes. Add roasted peppers and saute until heated through. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Place mixture in the bowl of a food processor with stock and all but 2 tablespoons of the feta. Process until combined and smooth, about 30 seconds. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water. Toss pasta with sauce, adding pasta water by the tablespoon, if needed. Sauce should cling nicely to pasta. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle with parsley and remaining feta cheese.

Each time I chop an onion I get a little bit better...

Finished product!

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