Ma’acaroni bel-laban - Middle Eastern Yogurt Pasta


This simple dish is popular in both Lebanon and Syria made from household staples like pasta and yogurt. Some versions include shopped herbs, cilantro, mint, and parsley are all regularly use but this simple version is how it's made over at Hadia's Lebanese Cuisine. It whipped up in a hurry and was delicious, something akin to alfredo but definitely not the same, clearly more middle eastern with the tangy of the yogurt.  

12 oz thin spaghetti noodles
2 c. plain yogurt  (not low fat)
1 head garlic, minced fine (yup, whole thing)
1/4 c. olive oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
Aleppo Pepper or red pepper flakes

Cook the pasta in salted water until tender. 

Heat the the olive oil in a medium skillet. Add the garlic and cook over medium, not high, heat for 5 minutes. Add the yogurt and and stir well to combine. Turn the heat to low so the yogurt doesn't curdle. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

Drain the pasta when it is tender. Top with the yogurt sauce and work it in slightly to work on to the noodles. Top with pepper flakes and serve.

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