Low-calorie, healthy Pasta recipe for weight watchers

I had shared a white Pasta recipe in my other blog. My husband adapted the same recipe to make it healthier and less calorific. I was skeptical about the taste but we loved it so much that we make it at least once a week.

FOR COOKING PASTA:

Ingredients:

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the Durum Wheat Pasta

Pasta: 1 cup (we used the one made of durum wheat suji)

Oil: 1/2 tsp

Salt: To Taste

Method:

Put water to boil in a container (enough to soak the pasta and more). Add some salt and ½ tsp oil. The oil will avoid Pasta from sticking. When the water starts boiling, add Pasta to it. Cook the Pasta till it is soft but firm. Drain the hot water, and immediately add cold water to it. Remove the cooked Pasta from the water. Put it aside.

 

PREPARING THE VEGETABLES:

Ingredients:

Olive oil: 1 tsp (only enough to cook the garlic)

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the colorful veggies

Garlic: 1 tbsp (finely chopped)

Broccoli, Yellow Pepper, Mushroom, Basil: 1 and 1/2 cup

Note – You may use any combination of vegetables as per your choice and may increase or decrease the quantity according to how you like your Pasta. I like it with a lot of veggies. We also use Red Pepper often.

Pepper powder: To taste

Salt: To taste

Oregano: To taste

Method:

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the Pasta ingredients

Heat oil in a pan. Add garlic and sauté till golden. Then add all vegetables. Cook uncovered for a while but do not overcook. Let the vegetables have a little crunchiness. Add salt, pepper powder and oregano to taste.

Note – You could totally avoid this step by just half boiling the vegetables, and using it as it is in making Pasta.

 

PREPARATION OF PASTA:

Ingredients:

Whole wheat flour (Aata): 1/3 cup

Milk: 2 cups (boiled and cooled)

Salt: To taste

Pepper powder: To taste

Oregano: To taste

Method:

Put Whole wheat flour in a pan and roast it till it is slightly brownish. Add 1/2 cup of milk and stir continuously to prevent formation of lumps. When it starts thickening, add the remaining milk gradually, stirring continuously with the whisk. When it thickens, add the boiled Pasta from Step A and Vegetables from Step B.

Mix the whole thing well; add salt, pepper powder and oregano to taste.

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the healthy Pasta

This recipe completely avoids cheese, cornflour, butter; and minimizes the use of oil. I add a bit of cheese sometimes, especially when I’m giving it to my 5 year old.

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