Saturday, March 24, 2012

Low Carb Pasta with Wilted Mache



Al Dente's Carba-Nada Fettuccini has quickly become my favorite go-to pasta. It's all natural, high in fiber and protein, and low in fat and carbs. I like the roasted garlic variety and order it by the case via Amazon. A case has 6 bags (5 servings per bag), costs about $23/case, and I get free 2-day shipping through my Amazon Prime membership, so it's very reasonable, especially for such a unique and wonderful product.

The pasta only takes about 5 minutes to cook and since I tossed it with fresh mache, this dish couldn't be easier or quicker to fix - about 10 minutes in total. Mache is an ancient wild green originating from France, but Epic Roots grows it domestically in beautiful Northern California. The taste is mildly earthy and "green". I loved it tossed with the pasta and accented with the tang of sun-dried tomatoes and bite of fresh garlic.

Mache is a salad green that tastes mildly earthy and green.

Pasta with Wilted Mache (using Al Dente's Low Carb Pasta)

Serves 4-6
10 minutes

Ingredients:
1 10-ounce bag Al Dente Carba-Nada Roasted Garlic Fettuccini, prepared according to package
2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon butter
1 cup julienned sun-dried tomatoes
4 large cloves of fresh garlic, minced
1  3.5 ounce container of fresh mache (or about 2 1/2 cups)
sea salt
fresh cracked pepper
grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

While the pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium heat and add olive oil and butter. When butter is melted, add sun-dried tomatoes and garlic. Stir and cook until garlic is fragrant and beginning to lightly brown, about 1-2 minutes.

Drain pasta, reserving 1/4 cup of pasta water. Add pasta directly to skillet with tomatoes and garlic, toss and remove skillet from heat. Next add fresh mache and about half of the pasta water. Season with salt and pepper, add the Parmigiano Reggiano and toss gently to coat. If too dry, add more of the pasta water. The mache will slightly wilt from the heat of the pasta. Serve immediately with more Parmigiano Reggiano.


Low Carb Pasta with Wilted Mache - fresh and yummy!


Another low carb pasta dish you may enjoy is Perfect Pasta - it's full of flavor with spicy Italian sausage, fresh asparagus, and sun-dried tomatoes.

6 comments:

  1. This dish looks wonderful. I have never heard of these pastas but they sound really tasty. Lovely photos.

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  2. Hey Veronica!

    Love your site and going to be ordering this pasta. Just a quick question, is this the best of the flavors? The egg pasta got better reviews than the roasted garlic, have you tried the egg? Is this the best?

    Thanks!!!

    Lindsey

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    1. Hi Lindsey! I've never tried the egg variety but I bet it's great. I happened to try the roasted garlic first, loved it, and never tried any of the others. I'm certain you could not go wrong either way. You'll have to let me know how you like the egg pasta if you try it!

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  3. This low carb pasta is a must try...Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I got so excited when I saw this post! I went to France for three weeks in December to visit my in-laws, and had Mache and LOVED it. I will have to see if anyone locally sells it here! I had forgotten the name of it, so this was a great reminder!

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    1. I love mache!! I get it all over here in Southern California (Gelson's, Bristol Farms). Hopefully you can find it where you are!

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