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Pasta with a Creamy Low-Fat Sauce

This unusual recipe might appeal if you want a creamy pasta dish but you do not want to have too much fat or too many calories. There are various types of Greek yogurt on the market you can use in this dish, including 0% fat varieties, so take your pick from those, stir in some horseradish for a spicy kick, and use that as your sauce. Add peas and ham, and you will have the most delicious meal.

You can make this from scratch in about 10 minutes, making it a winning dish in every way. You can either toss all the sauce ingredients with the pasta or else serve the pasta with the sauce ladled on top for perhaps a prettier presentation. Greek yogurt does not have the exact same flavor or texture as you would get from cream, but it is a perfectly acceptable substitute, offering a creamy texture, a pleasant savory tang, and very low fat, which means a much lower calorie count in the finished dish.

Perhaps you are looking for healthy pasta recipes, or it could be you have some yogurt to use up, or you are just in the mood for a creamy dish which is not too sinful. Whichever is the case, this recipe is ideal, and it is the kind of dish you can adapt, perhaps next time swapping the ham for chicken or even shrimp. Swap the peas for cooked leeks, corn or mushrooms, or consider adding a pinch of mixed dried herbs to the meal for a fragrant touch. You will be pleasantly surprised at the result of this dish.

Pasta with a Creamy Low-Fat Sauce
Summary: This unusual pasta dish boasts a fat-free Greek yogurt sauce which is flavored with horseradish. Frozen peas and ham also feature in this delicious yet healthy dish.
Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Pasta
Serves: 2
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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  • 6 oz penne
  • 3½ oz frozen peas
  • 2 teaspoons horseradish sauce
  • 4½ oz chopped cooked ham
  • 3 tablespoons fat-free Greek yogurt
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  1. Cook the pasta following the instructions on the package.
  2. Add the peas during the 3 last minutes of cooking.
  3. Stir the horseradish sauce and yogurt with some salt and black pepper to taste.
  4. Drain the cooked pasta and peas.
  5. Return it to the pan and stir in the ham and the yogurt sauce.
  6. Cook for 1 minute or until the sauce is warm, then serve immediately.

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Perfect as a tasty meal for two, this pasta features a horseradish and yogurt sauce which offers both creaminess and a rich tang with a hint of spice. Ham and peas star in this dish, adding color and texture, and you can either toss all the ingredients together or serve the sauce over the pasta like you can see in the photo. Either way is good. Add some Italian red wine and perhaps an Italian dessert, and you have the makings of a wonderful Italian meal which is perfect for sharing.

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