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Old 07-10-2011, 01:16 AM   #31
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LEMON PASTA

Start water boiling
Cook 1 lb. Linguine or fettucini

Zest 2 lemons and then juice them.
In a large skillet or casserole Melt 1/2 stick butter
Add 1 1/2 pints of heavy cream, bring to a boil
Add lemon juice

Toss in cooked pasta, sprinkle on lemon zest. Sometimes I sprinkle a good sharp Romano but sometimes that seems like guilding the lily.

Plain it's a great light primi or side. For a full meal, add some prawns, scallops, smoked salmon, smoked black cod, asparagus, or fresh peas. For a bit more complexity start the sauce by braising a couple of thinly sliced leeks in sherry, then continue with butter and cream.
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Old 07-10-2011, 11:40 AM   #32
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I make a quick light pasta with Sour cream, chopped chives, cubed ham, halved grape tomatoes, dash of tabasco and salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot or cold.
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Old 07-10-2011, 11:46 AM   #33
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Here's another standby of mine. Hope one of the 2 will help you.

Stirfry some carrot, zucchini, sprouts, red bell peppers, yellow bell peppers and a chopped tomato and onion in some olive oil. Season with fresh herbs of choice, salt and pepper and a dash of lemon juice. Stir through hot pasta and serve with shavings of fresh parmesan.

You can add strips of chicken, beef or pork if you prefer.
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Old 07-10-2011, 01:31 PM   #34
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Straw and Hay is another way to make pasta. It is not what I would call "light" though...

Straw and Hay Pasta Recipe : : Food Network

My version uses 1/2 and 1/2 instead of heavy cream.
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Old 07-10-2011, 02:00 PM   #35
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We recently had a sauce made of avocados, Greek yogurt, fresh lime juice and sea salt. It was mushed and coated the spaghetti, then topped with super lean strips of beef sauteed with a bit of garlic, and topped with fresh chopped tomatoes and minced cilantro. It was really different but absolutely delicious!

For the actual recipe, it is on page 75 of July 2011's Clean Eating magazine.
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Old 07-10-2011, 02:17 PM   #36
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Broccoli pasta sauce:

Fry one chopped onion and 2 cloves of crushed garlic in olive oil till soft, add 1 cup of chicken broth, add 1 packet of stemmed broccoli chopped. Cooked till really soft. Season with salt, pepper and juice of 1 or 2 lemons. Add 1/4 cup of grated parmesan. Whizz in blender till smooth and stir into hot pasta. If the sauce is too thick add a bit more broth.
This is pretty healthy since you are looking for a light sauce
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Old 07-10-2011, 04:11 PM   #37
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Thin/small pasta are great for warm weather cooking. Angel hair, couscous. Do it early in the day if you want it cold. If hot, then almost any vegetable tossed into it (I do it right at the end of boiling the pasta), strain and toss with olive oil or butter, then some herbs. Your favorite seasonings.
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