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.
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!
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
- Fettuccine pasta
- Feta cheese
- Parmigiano Reggiano
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!
- 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!
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!
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.
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.Print
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!
- 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
- Parmigiano Reggiano
- Salt for seasoning water and sauce
- Get a large pot of salted water on boil.
- 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.
- Very slowly start to add handfuls of the fresh washed spinach and cover. Let saute till wilted and softened, about 10 minutes.
- Season with salt and grated nutmeg and taste. Remember, the feta is a bit salty along with the Parmigiano, so don’t over season.
- Time to add the feta and whipping cream, stir, and let simmer for about 10 minutes on low heat.
- 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.
- 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.
- Finish with fresh grated Parmigiano Reggiano and it is ready to serve.
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.