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$3.50 Creamy Lemon Pasta w/ Veggies

Posted: July 8th, 2009 | Author: leah | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

sometimes even Bon App gets it….not right. maybe cause i halved it? or maybe it just needed a little more jooj.

the Tagliatelle with Baby Vegetables and Lemon-Parmesan Sauce looked promising and was….just fine. i would have added chopped garlic and sauteed it with the veggies. but i like garlic in everything. maybe a hunk of butter? i squeezed more lemon juice on it.  it needed to be richer and have a bit more depth.

that being said…see if it looks good to you and what you might do different. full recipe HERE.

Ingredients (full makes 4, i made half)

  • enough for 2 servings egg fettuccine, $3.45 plus leftovers
  • tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil$free, gotsit
  • 1/2 medium white onion, halved, thinly sliced $.40
  • oz baby zucchini, trimmed, halved lengthwise(i used 1/2 a regular sliced thinish) $free from mom garden. maybe $.75?
  • oz frozen tiny green beans (1/2 to 1cup), thawed (hubs hates gb, i used green peas) $.99
  • teaspoons finely grated lemon peel $.59
  • 3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese plus more for passing $free, had it! keep it around! but about $4.00)
  • 5 tablespoons cup heavy whipping cream $1.50
  • 1 1/4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice $(see peel)


  • Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender. Drain, reserving 2 cups cooking liquid. Return pasta to pot.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and zucchini; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sauté until zucchini is almost tender, about 8 minutes. Add beans and lemon peel. Toss 1 minute.
  • Scrape contents of skillet over pasta in pot. Add 1 1/4 cups Parmesan cheese, cream, lemon juice, and 1 cup reserved cooking liquid. Place over medium-high heat and toss until heated through and sauce coats pasta, adding more reserved pasta liquid by 1/4 cupfuls to moisten as needed. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve, passing additional cheese separately.

Hubs meter: he says 4 stars but he was starving. i wasn’t a fan. so we’ll give it 3. pasta scarfed. peas left in the bottom of the bowl.

Price meter:  about $3.50 per serving. maybe a bit more if you need to buy the parm. pasta = cheap good eats.

Health meter: cream and cheese and pasta? not great. but not terrible. high on fat. and needed even more to be stellar. Bon App says one serving contains the following: Calories 563. %Calories from Fat 43.7m, Fat (g) 27.4, Saturated Fat (g) 11.4. Cholesterol (mg) 104.8, Carbohydrates (g) 53.9, Dietary Fiber (g) 4.9, Total Sugars (g) 5.1, Net Carbs (g) 49.1, Protein (g) 26.6

and mine: