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Pasta with Leek, Pepper, and Chive Sauce

The leeks contribute to make a fine pasta sauce because they cook quickly to a buttery sweetness. Peel the bell peppers with a vegetable peeler; the pepper strips will become softer and adhere to the pasta better without the peel. We suggest that you use ear-shaped orecchiette, but any small pasta will work in this recipe.

Cooking Light APRIL 2003

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2 cups)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 1/2 cups thinly sliced leek (about 3 large)
  • 3 yellow bell peppers, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch strips
  • 1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
  • 3 cups hot cooked orecchiette pasta (about 3/4 pound uncooked)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted

Preparation

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add leek and bell pepper strips; saute 4 minutes. Stir in broth, rind, and juice; cook 3 minutes. Add the cream cheese. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook until cream cheese melts (about 2 minutes), stirring constantly. Add pasta, salt, and pepper, and cook for 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Stir in Parmesan and remaining ingredients. Serve immediately.

Note:

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 394
  • Calories from fat: 29%
  • Fat: 12.6g
  • Saturated fat: 5.2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.2g
  • Protein: 16.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 56.4g
  • Fiber: 4.1g
  • Cholesterol: 20mg
  • Iron: 3.7mg
  • Sodium: 518mg
  • Calcium: 185mg
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