Festive Fettuccine Alfredo

Prep Time

1 hour

Cook Time

15 - 18 min

Servings

8

Make your favorite pasta dish lighter with veggies and a surprise ingredient.


Ingredients

  • 1 package whole grain fettuccine
  • 1 cup raw cashews, pre-soaked (see below)
  • 1/2 cup fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup reserved pasta water
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup mixed greens, loosely chopped
  • Fried or fresh sage leaves, optional garnish

Directions

Step 1

Prep: Soak cashews in 2 cups hot water for one hour in a large covered bowl.

Step 2

Cook pasta according to package directions and drain, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water.

Step 3

Drain cashews and blend for 1 minute with cheese, pasta water, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste.

Step 4

In a large saucepan, heat olive oil and fry garlic, onions, and sun-dried tomatoes for 2 minutes. Stir in greens and cook for 1 minute.

Step 5

Add cashew mixture and heat for 1 minute, stirring constantly. For a thinner sauce: Add tap water, as needed.

Step 6

Toss pasta with sauce and garnish with sage leaves before serving, if desired.

Step 7

Handy Hint: Warm, crunchy herbs make the perfect pasta topper! To make fried sage leaves: Heat a tablespoon of olive oil and fry each leaf for 3-5 seconds until crisped.


Nutritional Information

Calories 343.2
Fat 13.1 g
Saturated fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated fat 0.6 g
Monounsaturated fat 2.5 g
Cholesterol 4 mg
Sodium 172.4 mg
Carbs 40.9 g
Fiber 8.7 g
Protein 14.7 g


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