Macaroni Shirataki with Ricotta and Asparagus

Macaroni Shirataki with Ricotta and Asparagus
Recipe type: Vegetarian
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Ingredients
  • Salt
  • 1¼ pound thick asparagus, woody ends trimmed
  • 1 package Macaroni Shirataki
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and mashed
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ⅔ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a couple teaspoons of salt. Have an ice bath ready. Add the asparagus and cook until tender but firm, about 4 minutes. Remove the asparagus with tongs and place in the ice bath to stop the cooking.
  2. Cut the asparagus into ⅛-inch diagonal slices, leaving the tips intact.Reserve 1 cup of the asparagus cooking water.
  3. Drain and rinse Shirataki Noodles very well. Place on paper towels to dry.
  4. Rub the inside of a large serving bowl with the mashed garlic. Discard the garlic.
  5. Add the ricotta, olive oil, and ¼ cup of the asparagus cooking water. Mix together in the bowl.
  6. Add the Macaroni Shirataki to the ricotta mixture. Fold in the asparagus and half of the Parmesan cheese.
  7. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and several dashes of nutmeg. Add some of the reserved asparagus water if needed.
  8. Serve with remaining grated Parmesan cheese in a separate bowl for sprinkling.

 

Macaroni Shirataki with Meat Sauce

Macaroni Shirataki with Meat Sauce
Recipe type: Beef
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Ingredients
  • 1 package Macaroni Shirataki
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onion (about 1 large onion)
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • Dash red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon fresh thyme (or a pinch of dried)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 3 fresh basil leaves, chopped (or a ½ teaspoon of dried)
  • 2½ cups canned chunky tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. Drain and rinse Shirataki Noodles very well. Place on paper towels to dry.
  2. Heat olive oil in a very large skillet on medium heat.
  3. Add the chopped onion, Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are softened.
  4. Add the garlic, fresh thyme, season with salt and pepper. Cook for an additional minute until the garlic is fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. Heat a large cast iron pan on high heat. Salt the bottom of the pan generously. Once the pan is hot, break up small chunks of ground beef and add them to the pan, without stirring. ( work in batches; do not crowd the pan.) You want the meat to get well browned. If the pan is too hot and the meat is burning, not browning, take the pan off the heat for a little, and reduce the heat to medium high.
  6. Once the meat is browned on one side (a couple of minutes), use a metal spatula to flip the meat over to brown on the other side. At this point, assuming you are using a cast iron pan, you can remove the pan from the heat. The residual heat in the pan will finish cooking the meat.
  7. Use a slotted spoon to lift the meat from the cast iron pan and add it to the pan with the seasoned onions.
  8. Add tomato sauce. Use the edge of your metal spatula to break up the bigger chunks of meat into smaller pieces.
  9. Add basil.
  10. Add a teaspoon of sugar. Bring to a simmer on low heat, let cook, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
  11. Once the sauce has simmered for 15 minutes, adjust seasonings. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add a little more sugar if the sauce is too acidic.
  12. Add more tomato sauce if the sauce is a little dry.
  13. Stir in the Macaroni Shirataki. Sprinkle with chopped parsley. Serve immediately.
Notes
You may use ground turkey or chicken instead of beef.

 

 

Fettuccine Shirataki with Butternut Parmesan Sauce

 

Fettuccine Shirataki with Butternut Parmesan Sauce
Recipe type: Side Dish, Vegetarian
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Ingredients
  • 1 butternut squash weighing about 2½ pounds
  • 1 package Fettuccine Shirataki
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • ⅓ cup of chopped shallots
  • ½ cup of packed, freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup of heavy cream
  • ⅛ teaspoon of grated nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Water as needed to thin the sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut the butternut squash lengthwise in half and scoop out the insides and discard them (or save the seeds and toast them).
  3. Pour ¼ cup of water into a glass or ceramic baking dish and place the butternut squash halves cut side down. Bake for 40 minutes or until a fork easily pierces the squash. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Scoop out the squash flesh from the skins and purée with a blender (work in batches or place in a bowl and use a hand blender). Discard the skins.
  5. Drain and rinse Shirataki Noodles very well. Place on paper towels to dry.
  6. Pour the olive oil into a wide skillet on medium heat. Add the shallots and sauté until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  7. Add the butternut squash purée and cook for about a minute, mixing it in with the shallots.
  8. Add the cream, a tablespoon at a time, slowly stirring it in to incorporate and to avoid lumps.
  9. Stir in the Parmesan.
  10. Add the nutmeg, salt and pepper. Add water (or chicken stock) to thin to the consistency you want.
  11. Take off heat and add the parsley and lemon juice. Cover the pan to keep warm.
  12. Pour the sauce over the Fettuccine Shirataki.
  13. Garnish with a little extra parsley and Parmesan.
  14. Serve immediately.
Notes
We like this sauce at the consistency of a chunky tomato sauce. You may like it smoother.