16 May, 2016

Test! Lighter Lemon Pasta

This recipe is a work-in-process to lighten one of Guiliano Hazan's quick and easy recipes by avoiding heavy cream; he specifically cautions against using half-and-half here because it will curdle.

Penne instead of fettuccine

Lighter Lemon Pasta ingredients (8)
Makes about 6 servings
One lemon
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup heavy cream
1 (8-oz) Greek cream cheese, softened and cubed
1/8 tsp ground white pepper
Pinch of sea salt Kosher salt
1/2 cup 2% low-fat milk

For serving
2 Tbsp kosher salt
1 (10-oz) box dried egg fettuccine whole grain fettuccine
2/3 cup freshly-grated Parmiagano-Reggiano

Add 1/8 to 1/4 tsp granulated garlic ?

Lighter Lemon Pasta Directions
Get ready
Assemble all ingredients. Fill a pot with about 6-quarts of cold water for the pasta. Place the pot over High heat and bring the water to a boil.

Meanwhile, start the sauce by zesting the lemon, being careful to avoid the bitter white pith. Juice the lemon and strain the seeds.

Prepare sauce
In a medium, non-stick saucepan over Medium heat, melt butter. Immediately stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice, ground white pepper, salt and granulated garlic, if using. Add the cubed cream cheese, stirring with wire whisk until smooth.

A little at a time, add milk, whisking until smooth. Then, reduce heat and simmer slowly to reduce.

Cook pasta
Add the 2 Tbsp Kosher salt to the boiling water; stir. Add the pasta and stir until all pieces are submerged. Following package directions, cook until al dente.

Toss pasta with sauce and serve
Thoroughly drain the pasta; add to the pan of sauce. Toss well with the grated cheese and serve immediately.

Lighter Lemon Pasta Notes
  • Initially, I prepared one (13.25-oz) box whole grain penne rather than fettuccine because that's what was in the pantry, Next time, I'd like to try fettuccine because it's probably better suited to this sauce. 

  • I prefer the really fresh, gorgeous lemon flavor before the milk is added, however adding the milk improved the texture and consistency of the sauce. Keep working on it!

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