Ah pasta. One of the few things Italy is proud to be responsible for. Who could say no to a nice pasta dish? And the good news is, that pasta recipes are very easy if you buy the sauce from the supermarket. But seeing that you have been practicing your cooking skills, you could step up and make your sauce from scratch. It’ll definitely taste better.
So, to start your piece of art, you will be needing these:
- 1 box Regular or Spinach tagliatelle (mixing both together is always an option)
- 2 cups cooking cream
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 pinch of ground nutmeg
- 1/4 cup roasted pine nuts and cashews
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
- 1 1/2 cups fresh basil
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 whole chicken breast
- 4 + 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan
Alright, start by cutting the chicken into finger-shaped slices (roughly the size of a mozzarella stick), mince the garlic, and pan cook the chicken and the garlic with 1 tbsp of olive oil. Make sure you keep stirring the chicken until it’s all white (don’t let it become brown and dry out, it doesn’t go well with the sauce). When you’re done, fetch your food processor (or as the Lebanese call it, “Magimix”), toss in the basil, nuts, olive oil, and parmesan. Blend them well, and congratulations, you just made Pesto. Next up: pasta. Follow the instructions on the box (dump them in boiling water, with a bit of oil and salt, etc…), while waiting for your pasta to cook, in another pot, mix all of the other ingredients together, and bring the mixture to a simmer on a medium fire. Once the pasta’s done, drain it, put it back in the pot, mix everything well, and serve it.
The final touch would be to sprinkle some parmesan and fresh basil leaves on your serving dish.
Buon Appetito! Don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments!