Creamy Garlic Kefir Pasta

30 Jul

We are enjoying a easy-breezy, stress-free week at our house  which means easy meals that Baby Bird and I can prepare together.  It also means that several meals will be “clean out the pantry” affairs that help ensure we use up some of the ingredients we have on hand before I have to head to a market.

Go Running, Mama!- Creamy Garlic Kefir Pasta

Monday’s lunch was a perfect example of keeping it simple a cheap by using what we had on hand- not to mention using ingredients the little one is guaranteed to gobble up at every meal. Creamy Garlic Kefir Pasta is a kitchen creation born from our family fondness for tzatziki sauce and pasta in all forms.  I serve it cold and never heat the kefir so that none of the probiotic organism bolstering the super-healthy kefir aren’t damaged.  If you chose to heat it, you would still have all of the fabulous macronutrients and polysaccarides… but it would lose it’s probiotic functionality.

Another reason I love this recipe?  Baby Bird loves to help scoop pasts, fill the pot with water, rinse the pasta with cold water, and “toss” the pasta in the sauce.  As all moms know, the more your kiddo helps with food the more likely they are to enjoy it without any hassles.

Go Running, Mama!- Creamy Garlic Kefir Pasta

Toddler (and penguin) Friendly Meal

And did I mention it’s super easy and an ideal way to utilize pantry staples?

Bookmark this one for the days that you just can’t imagine having to run to the grocery store or the nights that you have meetings and need to leave a meal in the fridge for your family.

Go Running, Mama!- Creamy Garlic Kefir Pasta

Creamy Garlic Kefir Pasta

  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 tsp coarse salt
  • 1 lb pasta
  • 2 cups plain kefir
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp parsley flakes

Directions: In a ramekin or small bowl, crush the salt into the garlic cloves to form a coarse paste.

Prepare pasta according to package instructions.  Drain and rinse with cold water.

Over medium heat, saute the garlic paste in the olive oil for several minutes to infuse oil with garlic flavor.  Whisk oil and garlic paste into kefir.  Add the parsley and mix thoroughly.

In a large bowl toss pasta with kefir sauce.  Serve immediately or further chill in refrigerator.

4 Responses to “Creamy Garlic Kefir Pasta”

  1. Kate | Food Babbles July 31, 2013 at 2:01 am #

    This sounds wonderful. In our house, we eat pasta a lot and happen to be garlic addicts. Love the healthy addition of kefir. Definitely going to give this one a try!

    • Jenn July 31, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

      I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Please feel free to share any ways you tweak it to make it your own for your crew! It takes a village to feed a family 😉


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