How to ‘healthify’ your favorite comfort food – easy PASTA edition

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I refuse to believe that there is someone who doesn’t like some old-fashioned creamy and cheesy pasta. However, it wouldn’t cause us any harm if once in a while we step away from foods high in fat and carbs and opt for fresher and more easily digestible choices. What if I told you that you can cook a mouth-watering pasta dish and eat it guilt-free? I suggest you keep on reading. 

Prepare your pasta

From fettuccine, tortellini and linguine to your usual spaghetti and macaroni. The world is your oyster when it comes to choosing what kind of pasta to prepare. But that’s not all. You can pick out between gluten-free, whole grain, whole wheat, and even chickpeas pasta! Cook it by simply following the package instructions. I also like to put a little bit of olive oil in the boiling water so it doesn’t stick together and don’t have to stir it often, but this is optional.  

In case you have some extra time on your heads, why not make it by yourself? I am going to show you a very simplified way to make healthy, colorful scrumptious, homemade pasta … without any machine! You need the following ingredients:  

  • 1 egg  
  • Around 2 cups of flour  
  • Depending on what color you wish your pasta to be:   

                    For a beautiful green add a handful of sautéed spinach.  

                    For a stunning reddish-pink use one boiled beetroot.  

                    For a vibrant orange or yellow put 2-3 red or yellow roasted peppers.

how-to-healthify-your-favorite-comfort-food-pastaThe easiest way to prepare the pasta is by blending all the ingredients. Then take the mixture out of the blender, put some more flour if necessary and start kneading it with your bare hands until you get a dough-like texture and consistency. Now start rolling it out and make sure to make it as thinly as possible. Fold the dough 2-3 times and cut it according to your preference: you can take it as thick or thin as you want. Keep in mind that fresh pasta needs no longer than 3-4 minutes of cooking time.  

Make the sauce  

You can use the same tomato sauce I used for my healthified pizza. But I would suggest you spice things up a bit. In my eyes, the avocado pesto sauce is much more suitable. It’s creamier, smoother, and tastier. You will need:  

  • 1 avocado  
  • A handful of pine nuts  
  • 2 cloves of garlic 
  • A drizzle of olive oil  
  • A couple of basil leaves  
  • A squeeze of lemon  
  • Salt and pepper to taste  

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Blend up everything and cover your pasta with this creamy delicious goodness.   

Finishing touches  

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No pasta is the same without a sprinkle of Parmigiano-Reggiano. In addition, decorate your dish with some veggies: cherry tomatoes, broccoli, corn, thinly sliced peppers make a great choice. See this as an opportunity to boost up your vegetable intake. You can even mix some in the sauce. 

 

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