Farmer's Market Pasta (the not-so-farmer's-markety-version)
4 servings - 330 calories each
**Please note, there should be frozen peas in this picture, but I forgot...it was a weird day**
1 c. peas (I used frozen, but fresh would be good too if you want to cook them up)
2 c. dry pasta (I used the little shells)
1/4 c. reserved pasta water
1/2 T butter
3/4 c. ricotta or cottage cheese (I used cottage cheese)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 c. parmesan, shredded
1/3 c. + 1/4. c. mozzarella, shredded
1 tsp. olive oil
fresh torn basil (I used about 4 big leaves)
Seasonings, to taste
Directions:Cook pasta until al dente and then drain (reserving 1/4 c. of pasta water as mentioned above). Toss in butter and peas. While pasta is cooking, mix together cottage cheese (or ricotta), garlic, olive oil and seasonings. (At this point in the original recipe, they said to put this mixture in the food processor till smooth. I chose not to do that, because I was feeling lazy and my food processor was buried in the cabinet. Feel free to try it either way...I don't think it made a big difference). Stir in parmesan, 1/3 c. mozzarella, and basil. Add this mixture and the 1/4 c. reserved pasta water back into the pasta, and mix. Top with additional 1/4 c. mozzarella and broil for 5-6 minutes until cheese is melted and starts to brown a little at the edges.
So I'll be serving this with a crescent roll (I know...a lot of crescent rolls...I love bread though, I just like to have it with my meals whenever possible...and they're the easiest thing to throw in) for a total of 430 calories per serving.