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Penne alla Vodka

Full of Taste, but With Fewer Calories

Penne alla Vodka
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Servings:4
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

"The dirty little secret about Penne alla Vodka is not the vodka but the hefty amount of heavy cream. Vodka is colorless, odorless and without much flavor -- not really attributes of a superstar ingredient. It's the combination of cream and tomato sauce that gives this dish its signature flavor. The traditional cream is swapped here for low- fat Greek yogurt."

-- Rocco DiSpirito, "Now Eat This"

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces whole-wheat penne
  • 2 cups Rocco's How Low Can You Go Low-Fat Marinara Sauce (Click Here for Recipe), or storebought low-fat marinara sauce
  • Pinch crushed red pepper
  • One 7-ounce container 2% Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • Cooking Directions

    Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions, about 9 minutes; drain.

    While the pasta is cooking, bring the marinara sauce and crushed red pepper to a simmer in a large nonstick saute pan over medium heat. Cook the sauce, stirring it occasionally with a heat- resistant rubber spatula, until it is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove the saute pan from the heat.

    Stir about 1/2 cup of the marinara sauce into the yogurt until smooth (this tempers it and prevents the yogurt from curdling). Then whisk the yogurt mixture back into the marinara sauce.

    In a large serving bowl, toss the sauce with the drained penne and the basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle the cheese on top, and serve.

    Healthy Tips:

    Whole-wheat pasta has a dense texture that makes it a little tougher than regular pasta. Some people like that chewiness; some don't. If you're in the latter category, overcook it a bit. Toward the end of the cooking time, keep testing it until it's as tender as you like it.

    NOW YOU CAN EAT THIS!

    Before: 60 g fat, 618 calories

    After: 4.8 g fat, 320 calories

    Protein: 18 g

    Carbohydrates: 55 g

    Cholesterol: 11 mg

    Fiber: 6 g

    Sodium: 416 mg

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: penne, marinara sauce, yogurt, cheese

    Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course


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