Pasta, pasta and more pasta. Italian food has definitely gotten a bad reputation among dieters. Many people who love Italian food steer clear of some great dishes due to all the pasta that is used. The idea that pasta will make you fat is untrue. Italian cuisine is actually very healthy for you depending on the foods you eat and how it is prepared.
Many people will agree that it is not the pasta that makes you fat, it is what you top it with that makes the difference. Many dishes from the Mediterranean do not include cream or butter but heavily depend on olive oil which makes the dishes very healthy. Creamy sauces such as Alfedo sauce and Carbonara or the amount of pasta that you consume will definitely cause you to gain weight.
It always depends on the ingredients you choose. When making healthy Italian food you want to make sure you use quality pasta, the best olive oil, fresh vegetables, lean meats, fish and seafood. To season the dishes it's best to use fresh herbs such as basil, oregano and Italian parsley. An abundance of cheese that you generously top your pasta dishes with should be avoided. Yes, I know that is difficult but a little Parmesan cheese will be okay and you still can enjoy the authentic flavors of the dish.
There are a few lighter Italian meals that you can prepare with some very simple ingredients. One basic Italian classic is pasta and fresh tomatoes. You can use any type of pasta you want. At this point you can even use whole wheat pasta. Just make sure you boil the pasta in salted water just enough that the pasta remains slightly firm yet tender. Over cooking pasta will cause it to become mushy and ruin the whole dish. For the sauce simply chop up some garlic and onions and saute them in some olive oil. Add chopped fresh tomatoes and your favorite herbs and cook until all the ingredients blend together. It is always good to experiment with your own variety of herbs and spices to in order to create your own signature flavor.
When your sauce is done just pour it over your pasta and top with a little Parmesan. The flavors of this simple healthy recipe stands on its own. There is no need for bread which I know is difficult to avoid.
This dish is a perfect example of how Italian food can be made healthy. Light fresh ingredients is all you need.
As long as you avoid the heavy sauces and creams, you should be to enjoy Italian food anytime. Just remember fresh ingredients is the key.
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