Pasta Alfredo‘s was first made by a man for his wife who had just given birth to their first child to encourage her to eat to regain her strength back.
If moringa flakes existed during his time, he could have added it too because moringa or malunggay (in Filipino) helps lactating mothers produce more milk. I would have used it too if moringa flakes was already easily available when I had my kids, as it is now.
Anyways, Pasta Alfredo is super duper easy to make. I know I usually say that but it is true. I like dishes that are not complicated, simple, wholesome and as much as possible, quick to make.
This Pasta Alfredo fits the bill. It’s fast, easy, delicious and healthy especially with the addition of moringa. Classic Alfredo sauce has butter, but I often use extra-virgin olive oil because I always have it in stock. Butter, I usually ran out of because I use it for baking so I’m putting evoo in the recipe below. Feel free to use butter or both.
If you are thinking of what to make for your special someone on Valentine’s, this is very doable and will not stress you out.
The ingredients are very common and constant in most kitchen. Cream, extra-virgin olive oil (and/or butter), parmesan cheese, ham or bacon and pasta – spaghetti or fettuccini. I suggest you add malunggay (moringa) flakes to your pantry staple, too if you don’t have it already. It is super healthy and you can add it to almost anything!
And..did you know that malunggay (moringa olefeira) is very beneficial for men:) Go google it.
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I made this spaghetti Alfredo using leftover ham and extra cooked spaghetti noodles. I like to use fettuccine too sometimes; it cooks faster but I prefer the spaghetti. I always cook extra noodles and keep it in the fridge for making quick meals like this.
Cook the ham or bacon first
Using the same pan, add some butter or evoo then saute garlic and red pepper flakes
then the moringa flakes
let cook for about a minute or two
then add parmesan cheese
Next, add the cooked fettuccuni or spaghetti
More cheese, please:)
Mix. Do a taste test first
And serve. Drizzle with evoo (extra-virgin olive oil) or truffle oil and add more sprinkling of parmesan cheese. Enjoy!
Pasta Alfredo with Moringa Flakes
- 12 ounces Spaghetti or fettuccini
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil plus more for finishing / extra virgin
- 250 grams Bacon or ham cut into squares (diced)
- 4 cloves Garlic minced
- 1 tbsp Red Pepper Chili Flakes (optional or add a little)
- ⅓ cup Moringa Flakes (malunggay)
- 1 cup Cooking Cream or all purpose cream
- ¼ cup Shaved Parmesan Cheese (or use grated parmesan)
- ½ cup Parmesan Cheese grated
- Fine Sea Salt to taste
- Black Ground Pepper
- Water water used to boil the pasta
- Cook pasta according to package direction.
- While pasta is cooking, make the sauce.
- Heat a large saute pan over medium heat.
- When pan is hot, add a tablespoon evoo and cook bacon until brown and crispy.
- If using ham, cook until nicely browned.
- Take cooked bacon or ham out of the pan and set aside.
- Remove excess oil from the pan and just leave about 2 tablespoons of oil.
- If there is not enough oil, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
- When oil is hot enough, add garlic and cook for about 30 secs, or until it's starting to brown.
- Add chili pepper flakes.
- Cook for about half a minute.
- Add the cream and the moringa flakes and ¼ cup pasta water.
- Cook until cream starts to bubble then add ¼ cup parmesan cheese (shaved or grated).
- Season lightly with salt and ground black pepper (start with heaping ¼ teaspoon salt).
- (For those new to cooking – it's easier to add more salt than to take some out. So be careful. Don't forget to do a taste test at the end.)
- Add cooked spaghetti or fettucini.
- Toss gently using tongs or two wooden spoon to evenly coat pasta with sauce.
- If the sauce is too thick, add more pasta water to thin it.
- Add grated parmesan cheese.
- Mix then add the cooked bacon or ham.
- Mix again and drizzle with evoo.
- Give it one last toss to make sure ham/ bacon and parmesan are evenly incorporated in the pasta.
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