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Pasta Recipies

Lemon linguine


March 20, 2013

I’m happy it is still lemon season in Pantelleria. Here is a recipe for a simple and fast weekday pasta.
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Serves 4
Ingredients:
1 four liter or quart sized pot with lid, filled with water
1 pinch of salt
1 pound (500 grams) Linguine
1 medium sized saute or sauce pan
1 Tablespoon olive oil
4 small spring leeks finely minced
1/2 chili finely minced (add in the sauce if everyone enjoys spice or serve on the side for guests to add as they wish)
3 Tablespoons white wine (or a shot glass full)
3/4 cup (1.8 dl) heavy cooking cream
2 medium size lemons juice them for 1/4 cup lemon juice
salt and white pepper to taste
1 small bowl
2 egg yolks (room temperature)
1 tablespoon  lemon zest (use the 2 lemons before you juice them make sure there is no pith or white flesh attached)
1 cup (2.4 dl) grated Parmesan cheese
4 sprigs parsley, de-stemmed fine chiffonade
Method:
Fill the four quart or liter pot with water, add pinch of salt. Put the lid on top and place onto the largest burner on the stove top and turn the element onto the highest setting and allow the water to come to a rolling boil
Once water is boiling remove the lid and add the pasta to the water. Stir until all the pasta has descended into the water. Make a note of the amount of time suggested for cooking the pasta on the package and you will want to remove the pasta from the water anywhere from 30 to 60 seconds before the suggested cooking time. If you are tasting the pasta to decide if it has finished you want to remove it at a a slightly firmer texture then al dente.
Place a colander into the sink in preparation to drain the pasta when it is cooked.
Place your sauce pan over medium heat and add the olive oil. When the oil is hot, saute the spring leek and chili pepper. Once soft add white wine and lemon juice allowing to reduce by half. Next you add the room temperature heavy cream and lower the heat underneath the pan. Add half of a ladle of pasta water to the reducing sauce. Add some salt and white pepper keeping in mind that the grated Parmesan cheese will add salt to the dish as well.
In a separate bowl you will whisk the egg yolk with a fork and add a couple tablespoons of the warm cream sauce while whisking. This is to temper the egg yolks so they do not scramble.When the pasta is ready drain in the colander and then add to the cream sauce in the sauce pan. Next stir in the tempered egg yolks, zested lemon, Parmesan cheese and the parsley.
Serve immediately!
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Carlo’s slow braised pork over rigatoni


January 23, 2013

This pasta with its slow cooked pork is one of Carlo’s standard recipes. With the rich saltiness, smooth pork with a twang of spicy, it’s hearty comfort food and perfect for these cold winter days. Making the sauce is easy-peasy, but need some time on the fire and if you happened to end up with leftovers – it tastes even better the following day.

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Serves 4
Ingredients
3 cloves garlic
1 onion
1 tablespoon olive oil
2.2 lbs (1 kg) pork meat with bone (use pork loin or ribs)
1 teaspoon salt (sprinkled over cut pork prior to cooking)
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried chili flakes
1 bay leaf
2 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
4 carrots
1/2 cup (1.2 dl) red wine
3 cup strained tomatoes
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup water
1 lbs (450 grams) Rigatoni pasta
4 oz (120 grams) Parmesan grated to taste

Method
Peel and finely chop onion and garlic. In a large pan over medium heat add olive oil when hot add onions and garlic cook until soft and golden. Cut the meat in medium-sized chunks, and let sear in the pan with the spices. Peel and cut medium-sized pieces of carrots. Add them to the pan along with the red wine, strained tomatoes and sugar. Simmer with the lid at medium heat for half an hour. Add water and turn down the heat. Let the sauce braise (slow-cook) for 60 minutes on low heat. Add more water if needed. Cook the rigatoni pasta according to instructions on the package. Mix the sauce and pasta together and serve immediately with fresh grated Parmesan cheese.

Dinner plate from Anthroplogie

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca


December 4, 2012

Spaghetti alla puttanesca is a flavorful, spicy and delicious pasta. The original recipe is with anchovies, tomatoes, olives, garlic and capers. This pasta has become a recurring classic dish in my kitchen. You could easily exclude the tuna and replace it with a couple of more anchovies as the original recipe. Just make sure you taste as the sauce cooks so it doesn’t get too salty.

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Spaghetti alla puttanesca
Serves 4

Ingredients
1 lbs ( 450 gram ) of spaghetti (cook al dente according to the instruction on the package)
1 fresh red chili finely chopped or 1 tsp dried chili flakes
4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
1/2 medium sized yellow onion finely chopped
3 Tablespoons olive oil
6 filets of anchovies roughly mashed in pieces using a fork
16 pitted and chopped black olives
3 Tablespoons of capers from Pantelleria! http://shop.underthealmondtree.com/  
(make sure you drain the capers first in cold water before adding to the sauce)
12-15 cherry tomatoes
1 can chunky style tomatoes
1/4 cup (0.6 dl) white wine
7 oz ( 200 grams) of good canned tuna in olive oil
2 Tablespoons of grind lemon zest
4 Tablespoons of finely chopped flat leaf parsley

Method
Heat a large pan and add oil, garlic, chili, onion and the anchovies. 
Sauté until it is soft and the ingredients have melted together. Add cherry tomatoes, white wine, canned tomatoes, capers and olives. Season with sugar, black pepper and salt as needed. Make sure you test the saltiness before you add any salt. Most likely, the anchovies and capers will provide all the salt you’ll need.

Cook the spaghetti according to the instructions on the package.
Let the sauce cook together for about 12-15 minutes, if it ends up a little dry add a little of your pasta water.
 One minute before serving, stir in the tuna and lemon zest and taste the seasoning.
 Mix the sauce with the spaghetti, sprinkle some parsley and serve right away.

The rain brought back the arugula


November 13, 2012

arugula-CF056099This arugula in was planted just before the summer and came in beautifully by the beginning of June. But in August we were ready to give up on it. Although we had been watering and pampering the leaves continuously, it looked burnt, brown, dried and hopelessly dead. I was convinced that this was the end for this little salad. Then suddenly 3 weeks ago it started to rain in Pantelleria. Four days of rain and there is now new fresh strong arugula spreading. It’s the beginning of November, we now have more arugula than we can eat, and it looks and tastes better than ever. Usually I would just eat the arugula as a salad, mixed with tomatoes and some buffalo mozzarella seasoned with olive oil, basil and sea salt or just with other mixed greens and olive oil, but since we now have so much of it I decided to make a pesto. With this arugula I didn’t have to add any pepper because of its strong, naturally spiciness, but this you have to try for your own taste what suites you. This pesto is great as a bread spread or to make a pasta like this spaghetti below.arugula pesto-CF055795 Arugula pesto
Ingredients
5 oz (150 grams) arugula
2 cloves of garlic
3 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon peel
1 tablespoon of sea salt ( I used Maldon sea salt)
1 cup of olive oil
1/4 cup (40 gram) of pine nuts
1/2 tablespoon caster sugar
5 oz (150 grams) of parmesan cheese
Optional (if it’s needed, a little black pepper)
Method
Rinse the arugula and mix with all the other ingredients using a hand mixer or a food processor.
Taste to see if you want to add more sea salt.
The flavor of arugula differs a lot so if you thinks it’s a little pale in taste,  just add some fresh grounded black pepper.

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Serves 4
Ingredients
1 cup (2.4 dl) of arugula pesto
14 oz (400 grams) of spaghetti
Method
Boil pasta water with salt. Cook the spaghetti according to the time on the package.
In a large bowl on the side, put 1 cup or more of the arugula pesto.
When there is 1 minute left on the cooking time for the spaghetti, take 1/4 cup of the boiling pasta water and add with the pesto, stir the water in the pesto, this will heat up the temperature in the pesto sauce a little bit.
When the pasta is ready, mix it with the pesto and serve with some extra parmesan cheese.
Ceramic bowl and dinner plate from NEW KAM MAN