Thursday, August 2, 2012

Fettuccine with Tex-Mex Pepper Cream Sauce

Meatless dishes always catch my eye. Ones that include green chiles and Mexican cheese immediately catch my eye. I've had an intense desire for all things Mexican flavored recently and I knew I needed to make this right away to see if it would scratch my Mexican food itch or if a trip to Don Pablo's was in order.



Fettuccine with Tex-Mex Pepper Cream Sauce
Source: So Tasty, So Yummy  from Kate's Recipe Box
Servings: 4
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Ingredients:
    • 1 lb. fettuccine pasta
    • 2 tbsp. olive oil 
    • 1 red pepper, diced
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 cup sour cream
    • 4 oz. canned green chiles
    • 2/3 cup Mexican blend cheese
    • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
    • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
    • salt and pepper, to taste
Directions:
1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pepper and onions and cook for 6-8 minutes or until tender. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
3. Transfer the ingredients of the skillet to a blender or food processor. Add the sour cream, chiles, cheese, cilantro and cayenne. Puree until smooth.
4. Add the pasta and puree to the skillet over low heat. Toss to combine and cook for 1-2 minutes or until heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

For me there is a very fine line between just enough cilantro that it adds a nice flavor and brightness to a dish and too much cilantro which makes your dish end up tasting like soap. This just barely crossed the soap line for me, so if you aren't a huge cilantro fan I suggest cutting the cilantro down to 1/8 or a cup or less. However, I was able to overlook that part of the dish and I really enjoyed the rest of it. There was a decent amount of spice and the sauce hearty enough to really coat the pasta.

2 comments:

  1. This looks really good. I would leave out all the cilantro though. We don't like it in our house.

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  2. I am not a huge cilantro fan, but I am sure I didn't fill my quarter measure as much as I should have =)

    Glad you enjoyed this!

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