I venture to guess that every home cook has one dish that has yet to be perfected. For many experienced cooks that dish may be Coq au Vin, Baked Alaska, or any type of Soufflé. Me? I struggle with macaroni and cheese. It’s a cruel kitchen irony that I, a Southern-born cook, fear elbow pasta and can’t fathom the equation of cheeses that will equal a creamy, velvety pasta and cheese dish. I shun cheese substitutes, so these are not options. Then, I learned that Litehouse Foods created OPA, a line of Greek-style yogurt dressings, and I began to feel hopeful. Could this be the ingredient that would lend the smoothness and creaminess that had eluded me during my attempts at macaroni and cheese?
I studied other recipes for creamy macaroni and cheese, and I observed a pattern of ingredients among these recipes. Ingredients such as butter, flour, half-and-half and (in some) processed cheeses were listed. I tend to use non-fat or low-fat ingredients when I cook, so I concluded that a decadent macaroni and cheese was beyond my culinary reach—until now. Once I tasted a spoonful of Litehouse Foods’ OPA Feta Dill Greek-style dressing, I knew that it would work well with pasta. What I love about this dressing is its lightness and flavor. The non-fat Greek yogurt ensures this dressing’s creaminess and lightness, and it’s only 50 calories per serving. Fresh feta cheese and dill deliver ample flavor. It’s an all-natural dressing and cooking ingredient as well—no substitutes here.
Milk and Cheese Sauce for Gobbetti and Cheese Dish
For this Savory Greek Yogurt Gobbetti with Olives, I used whole-wheat pasta to increase the fiber content of the dish and decided to try Gobbetti pasta (breaking my unlucky tradition with elbow pasta). I still used the lower-fat ingredients, which I’m comfortable serving to my family. Litehouse Foods’ OPA Feta Dill dressing did not disappoint. This macaroni and cheese dish was creamier and more flavorful than its predecessors. Finally, I had success.
Pasta and Opa Dressing
Whether you excel with pasta and cheese dishes or are a (former) bungler like me, Litehouse Foods’ OPA Greek-style dressings are a versatile and tasty ingredient to pair with pasta.
Gobbetti and Cheese Ready to Serve