There I went again, neglecting this blog for days! Alright, there must be something I can share with you.
Mm I know! I made this pasta dish last week for a contest I’m entering some recipes in. This stuff is amazing – I don’t think the camera does it justice. See, being the dessert-fanatic that I am, if you slip a few sweet things into something and call it ‘dinner,’ you’ve won me over. So that’s just what I did here. But then I added a bunch of other things too! I had no choice but to call it ‘Marathoner’s Summer Pasta’ — I think I may be able to live on this when I’m training for my marathon this summer. Yeah, I’m doing a marathon (yikes!)…
Anyway… here’s what you need and how to do it! I think I’ll have to follow this up with some sort of marathoner’s dessert in the near future 🙂
- 1 pinch of Salt
- 2 cup(s) of dry whole-wheat penne pasta
- 4 slices turkey bacon
- 2 ounce(s) of Philadelphia Reduced Fat Cream Cheese
- 1/4 cup(s) of lemon yogurt
- 1 tbsp. of fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp. of white balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 tsp. of curry powder
- 1 1/2 tbsp. of chopped chives
- 1/4 cup(s) of chopped walnuts
- 1/3 cup(s) of cucumber, diced
- 1 nectarine, diced (leave skin on)
- 1/2 cup(s) of seedless grapes, halved
- Bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add a pinch of salt to the water, then add pasta. Cook pasta over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until pasta is al dente. Using a strainer, drain the pasta and set aside.
- Meanwhile, place turkey bacon on microwaveable plate lined with paper towels. Cover with additional paper towels. Microwave bacon on high for 2 minutes, or until bacon is cooked to desired crispiness. Set bacon aside.
- In large bowl, combine cream cheese, yogurt, lemon juice, and vinegar. Stir until smooth.
- Add in curry powder, chives, and walnuts.
- With a sharp knife, chop turkey bacon into 1/4 pieces. Add to bowl.
- Add diced cucumber, diced nectarine, and halved grapes to the bowl. Mix until combined.
- Add pasta to bowl and stir until mixed.
- Serve pasta at room temperature or chilled.