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Fettuccine alla Greca (Greek Style Fettuccine)

Loreto March 12, 2020

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Fettuccine alla Greca (Greek Style Fettuccine). Looking for an easy fast dish for a weeknight meal? Then you have found it. Less than a half-hour and you will be sitting at your table spinning this wonderful pasta right into your mouth!

Song of the day: “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi.

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 We are facing some pretty distressing times. News of the virus, the infected, ones who have parted, being isolated. That is a lot of negativity to endure every minute of one’s day! I say let’s beat this thing with a simple thing called love! A good way to start is to cook and make this amazing, healthy, delicious, packed with nothing but the love I have for life and well wishes for everyone out there. We can beat this, I know it, by eating well, taking care of ourselves, not stressing too much! Have fun, laugh, get into the kitchen, cook together and whip up a plate of this Fettuccine alla Greca (Greek Style Fettuccine).

 

 

A great distraction……………………

I am tired of hearing all the bad news every day, people talking about this virus. Am I sad? Yes, and worried. However, it does not help anything. I have my wife, partner, best friend in Italy right now and our family stuck in the house hanging on every word the media, doctors, and government are dishing out. Nicoletta and I are up in the air as far as when she can return home to me. However, I trust my inner guidance and know, in the deepest part of my heart, that Nicoletta will come home safe, sound, healthy and happy!

What am I doing is praying and trusting my instincts and surrounding Nicoletta and her family in a huge bubble of love, light, and protection. I am also staying strong in my faith and being positive. Furthermore cooking good food, getting plenty of rest and doing everything to boost my immunity. Plus, at least two to three hits of humor a day! Laughing is good medicine!

That being said, I believe in love and one thing for sure, I put a lot of that sh.. in everything! Especially in this dish Fettuccine alla Greca  (Greek Style Fettuccine). The end result, a pretty amazing pasta dish!

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A list of ingredients and a meal is in the works!

You are going to love this with just the ingredients, plus a dash of seasoning, and furthermore, in less than 30 minutes, you are going to be chowing down on a most delectable pasta dish you have ever tasted! Let me give you the list:

  • Fresh baby spinach
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Fettuccine pasta
  • Feta cheese
  • Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Cream
  • Nutmeg

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Time for some cooking love!

Do you have all the ingredients? That’s great, now time to get that pan and oil hot and get the sauce for this pasta done. Oh wait, let’s get a large pot of water on boil so we can save some time!

  • Firstly, we have to get that spinach wilted and flavored. How do you do that, you ask? Well, in the pan add garlic and chopped onion and when that starts to soften, in goes the spinach and some salt and pepper. Then, put the lid on, turn the heat down, and watch the magic. A huge pot of spinach ends up being a rich full flavored heap of soft tender goodness.
  • Secondly, we need to add the feta and cream and just a sprinkling of freshly grated nutmeg. Why do you ask? Well, because it is a perfect hit of spice for this type of flavor combination!

Let’s continue…….

  • So, our sauce is simmering very low and our pasta is in the boiling salted water. It is almost done. I am getting a beautiful aroma coming from the feta melting into the cream and spinach. My mouth is watering. However, there is also this very faint hint of nutmeg and it is subtle yet inspiring!
  • Okay, our pasta is done, around 13-14 minutes, and time to get the fettuccine into the sauce. Use a slotted spoon or tongs and don’t worry about the pasta water going in. As a result, it is going to make a really creamy sauce!

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The finishing touches

I love twirling that fettuccine and by the feel of it, it is nice and ‘al dente‘. Just a dusting of Parmigiano Reggiano and I know you have been waiting for this. Let’s eat!

Not to mention, I  am having a wonderful wine with this meal, Pinot Grigio. It is light and the flavor compliments the flavors of the pasta so well!

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Wait no longer, forks ready and here we go………….

Wow, this is so delightful! The cream has a nice acidity to it from the feta and the sprigs of Parmigiano are a pleasant spark to the mix.  Moreover, the fettuccine is perfect and a nice slight frothiness offers the delightful flavor of the pasta to shine also. The coarseness on the surface of the pasta just screams ‘stick to me’ at the sauce, and the spinach is a welcomed earthiness to the dish as a whole, with that bit of dried chili to wake our tastebuds a bit. I love this pasta. It is easy, utilizes good ingredients, and is so much fun to make that it will bring some lightness and pleasure to a time of stress and worrisome thoughts. 

fettuccine alla greca-plate and pan  

Final thoughts…………

In the end, I know some may think we shouldn’t be laughing or having a good time. I beg to differ. I think that is what we need to distract us for just some time so we can have a break from all of the tragedy and bad news. Let’s work together, remember to take care of ourselves and most of all, when we are enjoying what we are doing, like cooking, we can create a butterfly effect and send it to the hardest hot places of the world! Make some good home-cooked meals. It is a start to being healthy and this Fettuccine alla Greca  (Greek Style Fettuccine) is no exception!

Lots of hugs to all of you!

Stay safe and positive!

God’s speed to all of you!

Song of the day: “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi.

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Fettuccine alla Greca (Greek-style Fettuccine)

  • Author: Loreto
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: serves 2-3 people 1x
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: Greek/Italian fusion
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Fettuccine alla Greca (Greek Style Fettuccine). Looking for an easy, fast dish for a weeknight meal? Then you have found it. Less than a half-hour and you will be sitting at your table spinning this wonderful pasta right into your mouth! The creaminess accompanied by the texture and beautiful notes of this dish will get you nothing but praise!


Ingredients

  • 200 g fettuccine (Rustichella d’Abruzzo)
  • 300 g fresh baby spinach
  • 2 Tbsp e.v.o. oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 yellow onion minced
  • pinch of red chili flakes
  • 1 cup goat feta cheese crumbled
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano
  • feta
  • Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Salt for seasoning water and sauce

Instructions

  1. Get a large pot of salted water on boil.
  2. In a medium saute pan, drizzle in oil and bring to low to medium heat. Toss in minced garlic and onion and saute for 2 minutes.
  3. Very slowly start to add handfuls of the fresh washed spinach and cover. Let saute till wilted and softened, about 10 minutes.
  4. Season with salt and grated nutmeg and taste. Remember, the feta is a bit salty along with the Parmigiano, so don’t over season.
  5. Time to add the feta and whipping cream, stir, and let simmer for about 10 minutes on low heat.
  6. When water starts to boil, throw in fettuccine and cook as recommended on the package. The one I used said 14 minutes. I tasted it at that time and added 1 more minute.
  7. With tongs or a slotted large spoon, put pasta into the sauce allowing some of the pasta water to get in. This will make the sauce nice and creamy.
  8. Finish with fresh grated Parmigiano Reggiano and it is ready to serve.

Enjoy!


Notes

When buying pasta look for one that has a coarse surface. This will allow the sauce to stick to it better, hence good tasting pasta dish!

Watch the seasoning, feta and Parmigiano are salty to begin with, so season with a light hand.

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22 Comments

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    Reply Titti March 17, 2020 at 7:59 am

    Sono tornata a consultare questo blog perché lo trovo veramente creativo, con ricette dettagliate e gustose, come queste fettuccine. È stata gradita soprattutto dai ragazzi che non amano la verdura. Grazie Nicoletta e Loreto

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta March 17, 2020 at 9:48 am

      Come sono contenta che vi siano piaciute! Specialmente ai ragazzi 🙂 . Grazie del bellissimo commento!

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    Reply Denise March 17, 2020 at 11:14 am

    The flavors in this dish sound amazing. Easy to make, and I think I have all of it on hand. This will be dinner one night this week.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto March 24, 2020 at 7:53 am

      Hi Denise, that is fantastic. So excited for you to try this. Its really easy and so scrumptious I am sure the forks will be scraping the plates for every last bit!
      have fun in your kitchen and most of all Thank you for checking this recipe out!
      Have a wonderful day!
      Cheers!

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    Reply Analida Braeger March 19, 2020 at 8:43 am

    I had these ingredient on hand and this turned out great! Thanks for sharing and stay well. God Bless!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto March 24, 2020 at 7:52 am

      Hi Analida, I am amazed how many people have these great ingredients on hand and are able to make this stupendous dish. I was so thrilled at the result along with the textures and flavors. i think you are going to really love this pasta!
      Happy cooking!
      Cheers!

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    Reply Mama Maggie's Kitchen March 20, 2020 at 3:31 am

    Hmm yum! I am thinking of new recipe to serve for my husband and son. This Fettuccine alla Greca is perfect! They will surely love this., Thanks for sharing!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto March 21, 2020 at 8:42 am

      You are so welcome. It is a pasta with such creaminess and flavor, has been a hit here! Thank you!

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    Reply Paige March 21, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    YUM this looks super easy and amazing! And its stuff I actually have on hand in my house as we speak!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto March 24, 2020 at 7:47 am

      Hi Paige only one thing to do then, have fun making this beautiful plate of pasta then sit down, pour a glass of your favorite wine and truly enjoy the fruits of your labor! Thank you for sharing and happy cooking!
      Cheers!

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    Reply Amy Liu Dong March 21, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    I have all the ingredients available in my kitchen and will definitely make this pasta recipe right now, YUMMY!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto March 24, 2020 at 7:46 am

      You go girl, that’s the spirit! A very happy blogger am I to knowing this recipe is truly being enjoyed!
      Happy Pasta time!
      Cheers!

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    Reply Colleen March 22, 2020 at 10:50 am

    Loretto, thanks for the positivity, in light of what you are going through. I agree we will all get through this time and sending out love is the way to do it. Thanks also for this incredibly delicious dish. Keep up the good spirits and good cooking!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto March 24, 2020 at 7:44 am

      Hi Colleen, thank you so much for your heart felt words. It is some tough times however it doesn’t help to wallow in the sludge of emotion. Not to say that I don’t have a few moments of tears I do but I celebrate the freedom to do so but don’t let it overcome me. I only know that balancing the energies right now is very important because everyone knows misery like company, and it is not a company I wish to keep!, lol. I am very happy you like this pasta fills my heart with joy knowing the was fulfillment and enjoyment experienced!
      Have a wonderful week!
      Cheers!

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    Reply Amanda March 22, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    This pasta is delicious! I love how it takes so little time to put together, but it’s so full of flavor. I’m definitely making this one again.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto March 24, 2020 at 7:40 am

      Thank you Amanda. I am just thrilled at the response to this dish. I am so glad you tied it. It is so easy and quick and the end result absolutely fabulous!
      Cheers!

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    Reply Kacey Perez March 22, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    So flavorful and so easy. One of my new favorites for my weekday meal list. The whole family enjoyed it!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto March 24, 2020 at 7:38 am

      Hi Kacey love to hear when a recipe is well received and even more happier that this pasta dish has become a weekly favorite. Well done!
      Have a super day!
      Cheers!

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    Reply Femi. O March 22, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    This recipe and your pictures just awoke a serious craving for fettuccine pasta, so now I know I have to make this! Glad to hear you’re keeping your head up in these hard times!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto March 24, 2020 at 7:35 am

      Thank you and so happy that this recipe has you craving some fettuccine pasta. It is some hard times but humor makes things so much easier to take and then there will be a day that all this is just a melted memory!
      Have a great week!
      Cheers!

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    Reply Jo March 23, 2020 at 3:30 am

    Simplest are always the best! This Greek style fettucine looks so simple to make, easy flavors and absolutely delicious!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto March 24, 2020 at 7:29 am

      Thank you Jo, you are so right. Pasta dishes are always a favorite around here and adding that Greek flair really was a very delicious idea. It has been well received!
      Happy cooking!

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