Classic with a twist: macaroni with kale pesto “alfredo” sauce
This recipe is going to be accompanied by a rant. Just in general about people and racism. It’s the 21st century and I honestly cannot believe that racism is still a thing. Or homophobia. Or sexism. I don’t have a whole bunch of faith in the human race normally, but every now and then, I encounter someone who really makes my already dwindling faith in people plummet even more.
So my mom and I were at Costco yesterday. Not only was it Saturday, but it was the Easter weekend, so Costco was even more packed than usual. I know I mentioned the problem I have with Costco, but honestly I can’t help it. SUCH GREAT DEALS. But yes, my mom, my little brother, and I are at Costco, and it’s pretty crowded so we can’t really go anywhere in a hurry.
Anyway, some lady behind my mom has the nerve to assume that because my mother is asian, that she is a newcomer to Canada and can’t speak English. I honestly cannot remember what she said exactly, but it implied that my mother didn’t understand English. I was irate mostly for two reasons:
First of all, you came here on a Saturday and it’s really busy. Do not expect to get in and out of this place quickly. If you want to move forward when someone is blocking your path, you can say “Excuse me.” Manners, people. Manners.
Second of all, we live in Canada. We are known for being a population made up of a myriad of races and cultures. Just because someone looks differently than you do does not mean that they don’t understand the language of the country. People may have been here for a month, or they may have been here for decades. They may have a really thick foreign accent, or they might speak the same dialect or have the same accent as you. Because looks are not indicative of their level of fluency, do not assume that because they are asian that they don’t speak English.
I was so infuriated by the nerve of this woman. My mother has been here for over 20 years and has a job with a company in which she has to communicate in specialized English every day. She is bilingual in Vietnamese and English and is a highly valued employee with her company. How dare you assume that she doesn’t understand you so you can be audibly rude?
Anyway, I wanted to share this recipe for a light Alfredo sauce using greek yogurt. I don’t really like tomato sauce that much for pasta, but alfredo sauce? I will smother my noodles with delicious, white, cheesy sauce. It wasn’t until I started making Alfredo sauce from scratch that I realized how much butter and cream was in this delicious sauce. So I decided to try making my own lightened Alfredo sauce, but instead of just using cheese and salt to flavour the sauce, I wanted to add a healthy, green twist to the sauce.
So in a way, this is a healthier mac and cheese recipe. I know you’re thinking, ANOTHER mac and cheese recipe, Lisa? First the stovetop version, then the classicÂ baked mac and cheese, then the honey mustard avocado, then the butternut squash variation, and now, pesto!?!?
Seriously, people, you underestimate my love for mac and cheese.
Yields 4 servings
5 minPrep Time
15 minCook Time
6 minTotal Time
- - 1 tbsp olive oil
- - 1/4 cup chopped onion
- - 3 cloves garlic, minced
- - 1/2 cup vegetable (or chicken) broth
- - 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese + more for sprinkling
- - 1/2 cup greek yogurt
- - 2 tbsp kale pesto
- - Salt and pepper to taste
- - 1 1/2 cups macaroni elbows
- In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook macaroni elbows. Drain and set aside.
- Cook onions and garlic in olive oil over medium low heat until translucent and fragrant.
- Add vegetable broth and until it builds to a simmer.
- Add greek yogurt and parmesan cheese and mix until the parmesan cheese has melted.
- Add in the kale pesto and mix until incorporated.
- Mix macaroni with pesto Alfredo sauce and serve with extra grated parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper to taste.
You can also sub in regular pesto instead of using the kale pesto. Use GF pasta to make this gluten-free.
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