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Feb 26, 2009 08:04 AM

A Satisfying Pasta Dish

I'd like to have a few more meatless meals during the week. Any suggestions for a hearty pasta dish other then lasagne and stuffed shells? Extra points if it isn't outrageously fattening! Thank you!

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  1. I made this last night and it was delicious, but definitely not low anything! Meatless tortelinni (I used cheese and spinach). Sauce was browned butter with balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper-about 6 tbsp. butter to 2 tbsp. vinegar. Top with shredded Parmesan and toasted walnuts. Yummy! It's from one of the Food Network shows.

    1. Penne with broccoli rabe. EVOO, chopped garlic, a few anchovies (or if you're like me,, a whole tin), red pepper flakes in a pot to sizzle and cook for a few minutes. Wash the rabe well and rough chop then add into the pot. I cover till the greens are wilted and taste to see if they're cooked through. They always retain their green color. Drain the pasta and toss into the sauce.

      You could use other veggies in that sauce as well.... cauliflower, kale, chard....

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      1. re: Gio

        Add a can of drained and rinsed cannelini beans to this dish and up the protein. Yum! On a day you want to add meat also...saute some Italian sausage too. Chicken broth to add moisture and you have a delicious dish!

      2. I boil up some linguine (I usually throw in some shrimp toward the end, but you can skip it if you're trying to go meatless), and while that's cooking, I chop up some tomatoes and basil and throw it in a bowl with some crumbled goat cheese and cream (or milk, if I'm trying to be good). I add the hot pasta to the same bowl and toss so the cheese melts. It's super easy and delicious.

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        1. re: theferlyone

          I do tomatoes and basil in the summer in the bowl with evoo and grated Parm. Toss in the pasta. Love it.

        2. Not quite pasta, but how about risotto?

          Leave out the butter for a less fattening recipe. A little bit of stinky cheese goes a long, long way wrt flavoring.

          1. This is a great recipe:

            Easy, and more than the sum of its parts.

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            1. re: edamame

              That sounds wonderful! I'm going to try it this weekend. Thank you.

              1. re: edamame

                Edamame, that recipe was just terrific. You are absolutely right...much more then the sum of its parts. It was creamy and so satisfying. This goes into the file. Thank you so much.