Ancho Chile Fettuccini with Cilantro-Tomatillo Cream Sauce

Bryce Fegley 0

"Rather than make fettuccine colored with spinach or tomatoes, I wanted to create something with color AND flare. Here is my idea. Try serving with grilled skewered chicken and mushrooms, marinated with lime, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper."

Ingredients 1 h {{adjustedServings}} servings 540 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 540 kcal
  • 27%
  • Fat:
  • 27.5 g
  • 42%
  • Carbs:
  • 59.7g
  • 19%
  • Protein:
  • 15.1 g
  • 30%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 150 mg
  • 50%
  • Sodium:
  • 484 mg
  • 19%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Roast ancho chiles and 4 cloves unpeeled garlic. Press the chiles flat against the pan with a spatula until they begin to pop and smoke, then flip. When done, rehydrate chiles in a bowl of warm water for 30 minutes. Turn garlic until all sides are browned, about 15 minutes. Allow to cool, then peel.
  2. In a blender or food processor, combine chiles, 2 cloves roasted garlic, and eggs. Blend until smooth. Place the flour in a mound on a clean surface. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt with a fork, then make a well in the center. Pour in egg mixture. Working from the center outward, gradually incorporate the flour with a fork until dough is formed. Knead dough for 5 minutes, adding more flour if necessary. Prepare fettuccini according to your pasta machine's instructions. Lay the fettuccine flat on lightly floured surface for 15 minutes.
  3. In a blender or food processor, combine 2 remaining cloves roasted garlic, cilantro, tomatillos, jalapeno, cream cheese, sour cream, chicken stock, 1 tablespoon olive oil, cumin, salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Pour into a saucepan over low heat, and cook until heated through.
  4. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until pasta rises to the surface. Drain, and divide into serving portions; pour sauce over top.
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  1. 9 Ratings


The cilantro-tomatillo cream sauce is very fresh and unique. I make the sauce and serve it over chicken breast or tilapia. It is easy to make and my friends and family love it!


Making the pasta can be very time consuming. I used the ancho chile water and chicken bullion for the liquid in the sauce. I also used the chile water when cooking the chicken. Next time I am going to buy some pasta and add the ancho chiles to the sauce. It had a very fresh taste.


In my opinion: This sounds better than the end result. I didn't care for this enough past 2 stars. Italian (pasta) and Mexican cuisines do not combine and merge very well to tasteful results. The sauce by itself is wonderful over chicken like another reviewer said but I would not advise using the sauce over pasta. Perhaps over shrimp and orzo instead would taste better? I did not make the past in the recipe but used a store bought fresh version. I don’t think that makes any difference to the taste anyway. I thought it was bland and needed lots of salt and pepper. I feel as though this was a waste of tomatillos even though it is super easy. For a good tomatillo and cilantro recipe search for Tomatillo Soup by Holly on this website.