Pasta with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Pasta with Mushroom Cream Sauce

This recipe is adapted from one I found in Bon Appetit. It’s hardy and make a good winter dish.

Pasta with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Pasta with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Pasta with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Start a pot of water for the pasta.
Begin by browning the mushrooms in oil. Do this in one-layer batches. Mushrooms have a lot of moisture and if you put too many in the pot at one time, they’ll steam instead of brown.Pasta with Mushroom Cream Sauce
Remove the mushrooms from the pot and add the shallots. Cook until translucent and soft, not brown. Return the mushrooms to the pot, season with salt and pepper and set aside until the pasta is ready.

Cook the pasta until almost done. Use any kind you like. We got this colorful pasta as a Christmas present. They’re colored with carrots, spinach and beets.
Pasta with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Pasta with Mushroom Cream Sauce
Pasta with Mushroom Cream Sauce
When the pasta is almost done drain and transfer to the pot with the mushrooms and toss. Add the cream and one cup of the pasta water and simmer for a few minutes. Turn off the heat and then add the lemon juice and zest, parsley, butter, and toss. Serve with additional grated cheese.

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Sword Fish Sicilian Style

Sword Fish Sicilian Style

Sword Fish Sicilian Style

2 things you should know about sword fish – 1. It’s expensive and 2. Don’t over cook it.
Sword Fish Sicilian Style
Sword Fish Sicilian Style
Heat oil and add salt.black and red pepper. Add the onion and simmer until it’s soft. Add the garlic and sauté for a few minutes. Add wine and deglaze the pan. Pour in the tomato puree, stock and peas.
Sword Fish Sicilian Style
Simmer while browning the swordfish in another pan. Pour the sauce over the fish, add a sprinkling of chopped parsley and serve.Sword Fish Sicilian Style

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Chicken Farro Soup

Chicken Farro Soup

Farro’s been cultivated since before recorded history. Many of the grains we’re familiar with today are descended from farro. It was regularly eaten on the Italian peninsula when Rome ruled the Mediterranean. It is still common throughout Italy today. Here’s an old Salerno recipe.

Chicken Farro Soup

Chicken Farro Soup

Chicken Farro Soup

Chicken Farro Soup
Remove the bones and skin and cut thigh meat into small bite-sized pieces. Season with salt and black pepper and brown the chicken in the oil and remove. If there’s too much fat left from browning the chicken, drain the excess.
Chicken Farro Soup
Chicken Farro Soup
Sauté celery low heat until soft then add oregano and sliced garlic and cook briefly. Add stock from drained, cooked farro, bring to a boil and deglaze the pot. Add the cooked farro, return chicken and bring to a boil. Add hot water to keep a soupy consistency. Simmer for another 10 minutes covered. Check for seasoning.
Chicken Farro Soup

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Pan Roast Chicken and Vegetables

Pan Roast Chicken and Vegetables

Pan Roast Chicken and Vegetables

Pan Roast Chicken and Vegetables is a fairly simple recipe and it’s a whole meal in one pan. I used thighs but you can use any parts you like.

Pan Roast Chicken and Vegetables

Ingredients:
  1. Juice of 1 lemon
  2. ¼ cup olive oil
  3. ½ tsp. oregano
  4. ½ tsp. black pepper
  5. 2 sliced garlic cloves
  6. Turnip, Beet, Butternut Squash cut into ¾ in pieces
  7. Olive oil
  8. Salt and black pepper
Marinate the chicken in the first 5 ingredients for at least 3 hours:
Place the vegetables in a bowl and coat with olive oil and season with salt and black pepper.
Pan Roast Chicken and Vegetables
Pre-heat oven to 425o
Make a layer of vegetables in a roasting pan. Place the chicken skin side up on top of the vegetables. Roast until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 170°-175° and vegetables are just tender, about 40 minutes.
Pan Roast Chicken and Vegetables

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