Fettuccine pasta is one of my favourite pasta recipes especially when I create a fresh tomato, lemon, basil sauce, which is an easy pasta sauce to make. When I’m not in the mood to cook a big meal for the evening or to get into anything too fancy I turn to this pasta dish. No only does it have fresh ingredients it one of those 30 minute meals that you just can’t complain about.
This is a meatless pasta dish because we don’t tend to eat meat every single night of the week as that would weigh heavy on the grocery budget. Meatless meals are great to include in your weekly meal plan as they really do take no effort at all to create and you can make them very tasty. A small portion of pasta mixed with a lovely tomato salad on the side is the perfect meal for 2 or for a family with hungry kids.
Sometimes when I’m in the mood for something with some meat I’ll make it a sausage fettuccine or add some fresh shrimp to make a shrimp fettuccine pasta dish. As long as you have the base of the sauce and the noodles you can add whatever else you like to the dish to jazz it up.
Fresh From The Garden
This is one of those creamy pasta recipes though that isn’t heavy on the cream as I tend to leave that out so this pasta recipe has potentially fewer calories than a full creamy Alfredo recipe . I create the creamy sauce with the extra virgin olive oil and the Parmigiano cheese and a bit of pasta water to help it stick.
One of the things I like about gardening is that I get to grow herbs all summer long. Each summer I grow lots of basil and near the end of season I make fresh basil garlic cubes. In the winter I just toss in a couple of these cubes to the sauce and presto, you have a lovely, creamy basil garlic sauce here with that lemon fresh taste.
If you are still not sure about how to grow tomatoes don’t fear as they are so easy to take care of. You can grow tomatoes from seed like we do or buy the seedling and plant it in the ground with a stake, water it and weed around it and in no time you will have your tomatoes. You will have to string your tomato plant as it grows up but all the effort is worth it for organic vegetables.
Fettuccine In A Tomato Lemon Basil Sauce
Yield: 4 servings
Cooking Time: Sauce 5-7 minutes, Pasta: According to package or Al Dente which is firm but not too hard.
- 1/2 package of your favourite fettuccine; Ensure you salt your water. I taste the water to make sure I taste the salt.
- 4 cloves of garlic minced
- 1/2 fresh lemon squeezed
- 1 Tablespoon Dry Basil or a nice handful of fresh basil chopped
- 1 Tablespoon Dry Oregano
- 1 Tablespoon of Dry Parsley or a nice handful of fresh parsley chopped
- 1/2 Tablespoon of crushed red pepper (optional) but we like a little spice in our food.
- 2 fresh green spring onions or scallions chopped
- 8 fresh mushrooms cleaned and sliced
- 12 cherry tomatoes sliced in half
- 6 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano – Tip: You can find this at your local supermarket. This is the best Parmigiano with amazing flavour. You cannot compare this to shaker style imitation cheeses. The flavour will go a long way and you don’t need to use as much.
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fill 3/4 way full a big pot with cold water and salt the water; bring to a boil
- Add pasta to the pot and cook to instructions
- While the pasta is boiling you can start the sauce and make sure you have your funky apron on!
- In a frying pan on medium-high; heat the olive oil then add the garlic, and onions; cook for a minute until you get some colour
- Add the mushrooms and tomatoes and sauté for another minute
- Add all the spices and saute again for a couple of minutes stirring constantly
- Lastly add the juice of half a freshly squeezed lemon with a 1/4 cup of the Parmigiano Reggiano and stir
- Taste for flavour ie: salt if it needs more than add more
- In the meantime drain your pasta well and mix the sauce to the pasta. Add the remaining cheese on top and hey if you want more cheese grate some more!
- I drizzle a bit of extra virgin olive oil around the pasta before serving.
- Eat while its HOT… enjoy!
If you want to switch it up a bit add a container of fresh Ricotta cheese to the pasta before adding the sauce and mix. If you are adventurous you could make homemade ricotta which would save you money and you get the satisfaction of it being homemade. So, if you love pasta you must try my fettuccine dish with tomato, garlic, lemon and basil sauce for your next pasta meal.