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fast food the al dente way!

October 21, 2009

My friend’s mother used to refer to many of the quick and easy fare of the typical 60’s and 70’s household as a “dump job,” meaning there was likely to be a can of Cambell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup somewhere in the mix. Thankfully, time-saving measures have come a long way since then.

Al Dente Whole Wheat Fettuccine with Ingredients from the Delallo Olive Bar

Al Dente Whole Wheat Fettuccine with Ingredients from the Delallo Olive Bar

Sure, there are endless selections of processed, frozen pastas that can be easily nuked in the microwave, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Our Al Dente Pasta cooks in just 3-4 minutes …so you can give the microwave a run for the money in the time department, and also have control over the final dish—no preservatives, extra salts or sugars, no wasteful packaging. With Al Dente Pasta you get home-cooking, nutrition and convenience all rolled into one!

This recipe featuring Al Dente’s acclaimed Whole Wheat with Flax Fettuccine and a container of stuff from the antipasta bar at a local grocery store is most DEFINITELY a time-saver. Simply put, pick out your favorite ingredients, put what you want into a reusable plastic cup and pay by the pound. Then you can use the empty container for leftovers, if there are any. 😉

Ingredients at hand

Ingredients at hand

For this recipe, I selected roasted artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, roasted cloves of garlic and a few mini balls of marinated mozzarella. I also had some leftover fresh thyme, toasted walnuts and a lemon for zest and juice in the kitchen, so I used those as well.

The instructions are as follows: chop stuff up, cook pasta in salted water for 3-4 minutes, drain, then dump chopped stuff into the hot fettuccine. Add a bit of chicken stock and fresh lemon juice if you need a little more liquid. Garnish with lemon zest and toasted walnuts. I also served a bit of leftover roasted chicken on the side.

No wasteful packaging to throw away!

No wasteful packaging to throw away!

I only used half a bag of pasta, but even after eating a generous helping, I had 2 pints of leftovers to save in the convenient recycled plastic containers from the grocery. Next day, I added some chopped tomatoes and a little more chicken stock to the leftovers, topped off with feta cheese and I had dinner ready in 5 minutes. That’s healthy convenience, the Al Dente Pasta way!

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