I can’t bring myself to make jam or real Fettuccine Alfredo… too much sugar, too much fat. I don’t have an answer for the jam but this Fettuccine Lemoncello is fabulous and guilt-free!
I have a penchant for Lemoncello! It makes me think of spring – and Italy- and my girlfriends Shelley and Jean! You know the saying – what happens in Menaggio stays in Menaggio!
If you have made my Lemoncello Chicken you just may have a bit of Lemoncello leftover that you can use in this quick and easy pasta dish. The creaminess of the dish comes from sour cream. I got the idea originally from a South Beach diet sauce.
Since sour cream comes in fat-free, 1%, 5% and 14% you can choose what level of milk fat you want to include. If you are feeling really decadent you could even ratchet up to Mascarpone!
This may be my way of trying to hurry up spring since I gravitated toward asparagus as well! Asparagus is available for much of the year now but as always, it would be especially nice in the spring when our fresh crop is available.
Speaking of asparagus… I have finally found a way to prepare asparagus that my husband actually likes! I have other friends who despise asparagus as well so not sure if this will work for everyone but for my husband – all you have to do is add bacon, sausage or prosciutto and he’s in. For this recipe you wrap the asparagus spear in proscuitto and crisp them up in the oven. They almost qualify as candy! And they do well with the lemon sauce in the fettuccine!
The lemoncello, fresh lemon and lemon zest juice add layers of lemon-y goodness with very little effort! You will need 2 lemons at least for this dish. It will depend on the size and the juiciness of your lemons. You will zest one lemon and squeeze it to get the fresh lemon juice. The other you will quarter and serve with the pasta so each person can get a fresh hit of lemon to brighten the dish. So – if you don’t get 1/4 cup of juice from one lemon you will need a 3rd lemon.
You can prepare the sauce and asparagus while the water is coming to a boil for the pasta so you can get this on the table in 20-30 minutes!