Today I’ll be sharing one of my favorite pasta recipes. It’s flavorful, satisfying, and really healthy too. Unlike other pasta dishes covered in cheese, alfredo, or prepacked sauces, the recipe incorporates fiber, fat, and protein with nuts, seeds, and tons of fresh veggies! I hope you love this Tahini Fettuccine & Sautéed Veggies as much as we do and add it to your regular recipe repertoire.
Notes on the Pasta
Ever since getting a pasta maker, I’ve been making all my pasta from scratch. It’s a bit messy, but very easy and totally worth the effort–especially for this Tahini Fettuccine & Sautéed Veggies. It’s a common misconception that homemade pasta requires eggs, but that’s not true at all. The only ingredients I use are semolina flour, tipo 00 flour, salt, and water. Semolina is also called durum wheat and is the traditional base flour for pasta. I use Bob’s Red Mill. Tipo 00 is a special ultra-refined Italian flour that is used in authentic pizza and pasta. Is is extremely soft and will take your Italian cooking to the next level. That being said, most grocery stores don’t carry it, so all-purpose flour would work just fine instead. The brand I use is Anna’s Napolentana which I found at a local food co-op.
If making homemade pasta isn’t your thing or you just need a quick, throw-together meal, boxed pasta will work just fine. I’d recommend using red lentil or chickpea pasta to increase the protein content and decrease the glycemic load of the recipe.
There is a variety of vegetables used to make Tahini Fettuccine & Sautéed Veggies. Usually, I use brussels sprouts, carrots, and sweet potato or squash. These are especially great to use in the fall when they are in season. But the best part about this recipe is the adaptability. Feel free to experiment with more seasonal veggies or ones you like better. Broccoli, zucchini, and bell peppers would all be good options to try.
To prepare the veggies, I start by melting butter in a skillet and letting it cook on medium-low heat until it starts to brown. (To make this a vegan recipe, use olive oil instead and skip the browning part.) Then, add the diced onion and continue cooking until it begins to caramelize. Add the minced garlic and stir for 30 seconds. Then mix the rest of the chopped veggies to the skillet and cook for about ten minutes or until they start to soften. Pour in the white wine and salt and pepper to taste. Cook a few minutes more until veggies start turning golden brown.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta, drain it, and when the veggies are ready, mix it into the skillet. If needed, add a little extra butter or olive oil.
To top it all off, I go with a homemade tahini dressing. It’s nutty, rich and super easy to make. Simply add tahini, water, lemon juice, white wine, and a touch of salt and pepper to a blender and mix for a few seconds until smooth. If you have a sesame allergy and dairy isn’t a problem, skip the tahini dressing and top the pasta with freshly grated Parmesan. It will take the dish in a different direction flavor-wise, but is a very delicious alternative.
For a garnish the Tahini Fettuccine & Sautéed Veggies, try some freshly toasted pecans. Pour about a cup into a frying pan, add a little salt, and cook on medium low until they start to brown and become fragrant. Be careful to wang jangle the pan often so they don’t burn! For a nut allergy alternative, either omit the nuts or try toasted seeds such as pumpkin or sunflower.
If you loved Tahini Fettuccine & Sautéed Veggies, check these out:
- Homemade Fettuccine and Marinara
- Creamy Butternut Pasta Sauce
- Vegetarian Butternut Squash Lasagna
- Garlic Parmesan Risotto & Broccoli
Tahini Fettuccine & Sautéed Veggies
- 1½ cups semolina flour
- ¾ cup Tipo "00" flour
- ¾ cup warm water
- Pinch of Celtic sea salt
- ¼ cup salted butter
- 1 medium red onion (minced)
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 2 lbs brussels sprouts (quartered)
- 4 medium carrots (peeled and sliced)
- 1 medium sweet potato (peeled and cubed)
- ¼ cup pinot grigio
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ½ cup tahini
- ½ cup water
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
- 1 Tbsp pinot grigio
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Parsley (for garnish)
- 1 cup pecan halves
- Celtic sea salt (to taste)
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk the two flours and salt.
- Using the dough hook attachment, turn the mixer on low and gradually add water until the dough comes together.
- Increase speed to medium and allow mixer to knead the dough for about 8 minutes. Alternatively, you could knead it by hand.
- Form the dough into a ball and section off an eighth of it. If you have a pasta roller, use that to roll out the dough and cut it into slices. If not, place the dough on a well-floured surface and roll it as thin as you can. Using a sharp knife or pastry wheel, cut the dough into thin strips.
- Lightly toss the pasta in flour and lay flat off to the side or on a pasta drying rack. (Do not put in in heap or else it will all stick together.) Repeat with the remaining dough.
- When all the pasta is cut and ready, bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and only cook for 2-3 minutes. A good indicator of doneness is when it floats at the top of the pot.
- Add ¼ cup of butter to a large skillet over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, continue cooking it until it turns golden brown.
- Add the diced onion and sauté until they are soft and caramelized. Add the minced garlic and stir often for 30 seconds.
- Then, add the brussels sprouts, carrots, and sweet potato to the skillet and stir to combine. Cook for about 10 minutes until the carrots and sweet potato are tender and the brussels are starting to brown.
- Then add the white wine and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for another 3 minutes or until the rest of the veggies turn golden brown.
- Add the pasta to the skillet and mix well. Stir in some extra butter if needed.
Tahini Dressing and Toasted Pecans
- Add the pecans to a frying pan on medium-low heat and salt to taste.
- Cook until the pecans darken in color and become aromatic. Wang jangle the pan frequently to prevent burning.
- Meanwhile, add the tahini, water, lemon juice, wine, salt, and pepper to a blender or food processor.
- Blend the mixture for 15-20 seconds, until everything is incorporated.
- To serve, drizzle the pasta with tahini dressing and top with toasted pecans. Add fresh parsley for garnish if desired.
- Sesame: omit the tahini dressing and top with freshly grated Parmesan instead
- Dairy: swap olive oil for butter (skip the browning step)
- Tree nuts: omit the pecans or substitute toasted seeds