Tuesday, January 18, 2011


I have been finding out from a few fans that they are on low or NO carbs and would like some recipes. So I will blog this last simple pasta dish and move Wednesday and Thursday to no carb days. Of course Friday is still COCKTAIL FRIDAY!
For now lets talk simple pasta. This takes 20 minutes total to make and the flavors are delicious. May sound like a lot of onion, but when you caramelize them, which I LOVE, they reduce in size dramatically. You could certainly add chopped chicken to this as well or other vegetables.

3 cups chopped Vidalia onion (or nice sweet onion)
8-10oz chopped snap peas, trimmed of string
1/2 cup whole milk ricotta
1/2 cup grated fresh mozzarella
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves, some leaves for garnish
4 tbl olive oil
1 tsp grated lemon zest
1 pkg small shell pasta (orecchiette)

Heat oil in a large saute pan on med-high heat and add onions. Saute for about 5 minutes at this temperature then reduce the heat to medium and saute for about 15-20 minutes until they are a deep golden brown. Add the peas and cook about 3 minutes and remove from heat.

Cook pasta according to package directions, drain but reserve a cup of pasta water.

Add pasta and 1/2 cup of the reserved liquid to the onion mixture. Stir over medium heat for a minute and add ricotta, basil and lemon zest. Add more pasta water if needed. Serve with shredded mozzarella on top and parmesan cheese if you like.

Simply Delicious!


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