Friday, October 24, 2014

Recipe : Fusilli with Mushroom Pesto Cream Sauce (Vegetarian)

Singapore celebrated Deepavali / Diwali last Wednesday so we had a full day off from work! Since the non-working holiday was right in the middle of the week and I badly needed to catch up on sleep as we came from a quick weekend trip, Paul and I agreed to just spend the entire day at home with our friend O. The night before that, I told the boys that I'll cook pasta for lunch. It has been a while since I've cooked this dish and I'm glad that finally, I found the time to do so. Cooking can really be so therapeutic.

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Some of you may have remembered that I've prepared a similar pasta dish 5 years ago. This time though, I made use of wholemeal fusilli noodles and made use of a different type of pesto sauce too. What I noticed is that wholemeal noodles have a more dry texture and it has a rather grainy bite. It's not too bad though but it sure needs some getting used to. Well, I'm really so careful now with the carbs that I eat every since I vow to go with a low GI diet.

Here's an easy pasta dish that you can try at home too:

What you'll need:
- A bag of wholemeal noodles
- Olive Oil
- Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce (I use my favorite brand -- Filippo Berio)
- All-Purpose Cream
- Chopped Garlic
- A can of button mushrooms
- Parmesan Cheese
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Truffle Oil (optional)

Delicious pasta in 5 easy steps:

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1. Saute the chopped garlic in olive oil and add in the add in the mushroom.

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2. Add in the cream and mix followed by the pesto sauce

3. Season with salt, pepper and parmesan cheese. Let the sauce simmer to thicken into a creamy consistency. Remove from heat.

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4. Cook the pasta based on the direction on the package. I would normally cook mine for 10 minutes under medium heat. Make sure it has a springy, al dente texture. Drain the noodles and return to the pot.

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5. Add in the sauce and stir well. Make sure that all the noodles are well coated with the sauce.

6. (Optional) Drizzle with truffle oil because serving.

It's really the easiest pasta dish that you can easily whip up in less than an hour. Adjust the quantity depending on your desired yield. Bon Appetit!

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