By: Alison Silveira
Father's Day is just around the corner and as I get older, I find it challenging to shop for a great gift for dad. He has received colourful ties, his favourite cologne, clothes, books and countless other gifts. I have gotten very creative to surprise him with a gift that I know he will love.
This year, why not prepare a home-cooked meal that dad will be sure to enjoy? Often times, the best gifts are the gifts of time and those that are homemade with love. Try making a simple, yet delicious pasta dish, fettuccine with creamy mushroom ragu. This creamy and comforting classic will have dad singing your praises!
12 oz (375 g) fettuccini
2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
2 shallots, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb (500 g) mixed mushrooms, sliced
1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh rosemary
1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup (250 mL) Almond Breeze Unsweetened Original
1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice
1 tsp (5 mL) finely grated lemon zest
1/4 cup (60 mL) finely chopped fresh parsley
1. Cook fettuccini according to package directions; drain, reserving 1/3 cup (75 mL) pasta water.
2. Meanwhile, in large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook shallots and garlic for 2 minutes. Add mushrooms, rosemary, salt and pepper; cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Transfer half of the mushrooms to blender along with Almond Breeze, lemon juice and lemon zest; purée until smooth.
3. Stir mushroom purée into skillet with sliced mushrooms until combined; cook for 2 or 3 minutes or until heated through.
4. Add pasta and pasta water to skillet; cook for 2 minutes or until pasta is evenly coated and liquid has evaporated slightly. Divide evenly among 4 plates; garnish with parsley.
Serve and watch dad smile!
Yields: 4 servings
Per 1/4 recipe: Calories 470, Fat 9g , Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 210mg, Carbohydrate 78g, Fibre 5g, Sugars 8g, Protein 18g.
Recipe and photo courtesy of Almond Breeze. For more information and cooking inspiration, visit www.almondbreeze.ca.