Creamy Garlic Pasta
Do you ever just crave something rich and creamy, maybe a little cheesy? Maybe…a meal that's probably not the least bit healthy, but oh-so-warm and comforting? Do you sometimes dream of a big bowl of creamy alfredo or homemade mac-n-cheese, and think to yourself, "Why, oh, why can’t I have my 18-year-old metabolism back?! WHHYYYYY????"
Well, have no fear, my dear! This Creamy Garlic Pasta will absolutely satisfy that craving and it won't cost you a new hole on your belt…promise! Before we get into the sauce though, let's talk about the pasta. One great way to cut back on calories whilst enjoying a pasta dish, is to move away from traditional white pasta. It's loaded with carbs and calories, and it carries very little nutritional value. Instead, try swapping it out for something more nutritious like lentil, chickpea, or hemp pasta! For this recipe, I used chickpea pasta because it's loaded with protein, which helps make this dish a total win on pasta night!
Okay– Let's get to the sauce! With just a few simple, clean ingredients, we'll make a delicious counterpart to the pasta that pretty much abolishes the fat content of a typical, creamy, dairy-based sauce. All you're going to need is some almond milk, garlic, onion, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, salt & pepper, fresh basil, and a teensy bit of all-purpose flour to thicken it up at the end. I used GF all-purpose baking flour, but you can certainly substitute plain flour if gluten isn't one of your nemeses. Have you ever made a standard roux? Well, this recipe pretty much uses the same concept, except we'll use dairy-free milk (obviously), add a bunch of spices, and then pour it all over the pasta…got it? You got it!
With all the ingredients in the pot, you'll want to keep whisking and whisking until the sauce thickens into a nice, velvety consistency. Then, just toss in your cooked pasta. I also threw in an 8 oz can of peas for some additional yumminess, but that's totally optional. Once everything is mixed together, just cook for a few extra minutes to re-heat the pasta, and presto!