Tuesday, August 20, 2013

My favourite sort of meal - quick and easy pasta

A new recipe today! We have had a couple of great days here in Wellington, which gives me the chance to take the dog for big walks. This afternoon we went so far that I needed a decent dinner, only I don't have much food in the house because I've been a little broke. So what to do when there is not much food and you are really hungry? You make an impromptu pasta dish. This one is based on carbonara, so the sauce features whisked egg and parmesan. It only takes as long to make as the pasta takes to cook, and it is yummy and filling. It would be even better with the addition of some cooked chicken or bacon, and a salad with lettuce and cherry tomatoes would go really well too. Shame I didn't manage to take better pictures.

Herb and Parmesan Fettuccine

4 servings fettuccine
50 grams butter
1/2 cup grated parmesan
3 eggs
2 teaspoons crushed garlic
Salt and cracked black pepper
2 tablespoons basil pesto
1 small handful fresh chives
1 small handful fresh parsley

Begin by bringing a large pot of salted water to the boil, for the fettuccine. While the pasta cooks, which should take about 10 minutes, prepare the rest of the dish.

In a small bowl whisk together the parmesan, eggs, garlic, salt, pepper and pesto. Chop the fresh herbs and set them aside.

When the pasta is done, drain it and then tip it back into the pot along with the butter and the parmesan mixture. Put the lid on the pot and give it a good shake, until the butter has melted and the pasta is completely coated. Add the chopped herbs and mix into the pasta, then serve.

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