Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Strange But Yummy Pasta

We have been eating a lot of salads lately. And fruit. So today for lunch I decided to make a more substantial dish. I have been thinking about a pasta dish I used to make frequently when the teenager was just a toddler. It’s super quick and very tasty, but the ingredients may surprise you a  bit (and yes, it’s a bit fattier than my usual dishes…):




Ingredients
  • Bacon
  • Green onions
  • Cottage cheese
  • Fresh “Asian” pasta (bought in a non-Asian grocery store)
Directions
  1. Cut the bacon into small pieces and sauté until brown and drain the fat.
  2. Once the bacon is browned, add the green onions and cook for about 2 minutes. I try to cook the green onions just a bit so that they still add "freshness" to the dish.
  3. Then add the cottage cheese to the pan and turn off the heat. Let the pan rest for about 5 minutes. The cottage cheese will slowly melt and create a nice, creamy sauce.
  4. Toss the cooked pasta with the sauce.
  5. Season with pepper and salt if desired. Usually, I don’t need to add any salt as the bacon and cottage cheese contain plenty of salt. 
  6. Garnish with a some fresh green onions. 


Questions: What did you have for lunch today? What “strange” dish do you like to cook and eat? 

Be well,
Andrea

27 comments:

  1. I don't think this is strange at all...I think it's very clever to use cottage cheese for a lighter cream sauce! This is sort of a lighter version of pasta carbonara. Love that!

    Funny you ask, because I had an odd and tasty lunch today. I used leftover enchilada filling on a sandwich thin, since I was out of tortillas. It worked!

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  2. I had a salad with a veggie burger--nothing too exciting but it hit the spot. Your dish looks great! I love green onions!!

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  3. The cottage cheese would make a great cream sauce! Yum! I had leftover beer chicken burrito for lunch...one of my faves :)

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  4. VERY interesting! I've never done anything with cottage cheese. eek!

    Today I had curry for lunch. YUM!

    Strange thing? Hmmm I think i'm a pretty traditional eater to be honest!!

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  5. That sounds wonderful! We had a one skillet dish of potatoes, onions and chicken breasts with Kalamata olives and fresh basil.

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  6. The pasta is unique and it looks terrific. I had a tasty sandwich for lunch today, nothing exciting.

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  7. Looks great to me! I love bacon but very rarely eat it... today's lunch was a GM & a veggie salad! :)

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  8. YUM! Bacon is SO GOOD but I don't eat it very often.

    I had left over chili for lunch.

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  9. This reminds me of the tuna casserole I make. It's so simple (basically just soy milk, flour, tuna, onions) but it's such a childhood favorite!

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  10. You sold me at BACON! This dish does sound random for you, yet also delicious. I have really been into cottage cheese lately in my salads, but putting it in noodles (other than lasagna) hasn't been something I've tried! Sounds great.

    Yesterday for lunch I ate on the run, on the way to a presentation. In other words, it was a boring packed lunch!

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  11. I've got a tub of cottage cheese in my fridge that will be getting the "Andrea" treatment for sure.

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  12. I don't love cottage cheese except in lasagne! I like cheese and mustard sandwiches - that's a little strange.

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  13. I like the combination of flavors. Love that you used cottage cheese in this dish.
    I have been all about the sandwiches and salads for lunches. They are super quick!

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  14. Haha, not fatty at all! I happen to think bacon fat is very good for the soul :-)
    Love the use of cottage cheese in here...and of course the bacon!

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  15. Interesting, I never would have thought about bacon and cottage cheese...probably because I do not eat bacon! I do not think I have any strange dishes although my friends may think some of my vegetarian dishes are weird. I had a veggie patty for lunch while saving room to try a cheese plate at the food festival later in the afternoon.

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  16. I love, are you ready...... mashed sweet potato and tuna, which I season and make spicey, with a salad. Yes, it is a weired combo but it tastes great.

    Question, I would like to bake something with cottage cheese, any suggestions?

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  17. Sort of a carbonara meets al fredo, but with cottage cheese, which is not a whole lot different than ricotta. I can see the tasty logic in this. ;)

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  18. Looks delicious Andrea, kind of spaghetti carbonara.

    Green onions are called "bosui" here which freely translated means something like forest oninos :)

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  19. That sounds delish, Andrea! And would be awesome for a fast weekday meal. I can't really think of anything weird that I make. Hmmm....

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  20. I think it sounds awesome! I love anything with bacon :)

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  21. Lovely combination of flavour. Looks creamy and delicious.

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  22. I love all those ingredients so why not love them together! it looks great.

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  23. Very interesting! Great idea to use cottage cheese as a sauce for pasta.

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  24. it might look and sound unusual your pasta dish but the mix of flavor is great!!! :)
    someone just told me last week that Mexican people like to add chili to fruit salad... i think that's weird. :)

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  25. Hmmm...I don't think that's a strange dish at all. then again...I like to put ketchup on rice, so I have a habit of eat weird and strange things. hahaha...

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