Monday, August 8, 2011

Tagliatelle with Prosciutto and Orange Cream

If you haven't figured it out yet, I love pasta. Well, I love Italian food in general, but I REALLY love pasta. Remember that Jamie Oliver show, "Jamie's Italy"? Yeah, I watched that religiously. Both because of my love for Italy AND my love for Jamie. What? Jooles I'm sure isn't that great of a wife. Oh, whatever she was a model and they have four children together ... I am SURE Jamie would find me charming. Anyway, back to pasta. So this one is, as most Italian pastas are, quite simple. And if you choose not to make your own pasta (I highly recommend you do make it - so much better), then it's like, seriously simple. I might just teach Izzy to make it tonight. She's my dog. And yes she's really effing smart. Are you sold yet? OK, get cooking.

Ingredients:
  • Home made tagliatelle (I like this recipe - don't worry about finding Tipo "00" flour and just use regular unbleached flour), or fresh store-bought tagliatelle or fettucine
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream (use more if you like your pasta a bit saucier ... which I do)
  • 6-8 slices of prosciutto, torn into 1" pieces
  • zest and juice of one orange (you'll only need 1/2 of the zest)
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Grana Padano
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • fresh ground pepper
Directions:
  1. Assuming you've made the pasta by now (if not, check this video), bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil.
  2. In a large frying pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the prosciutto and saute until crisp & just browned. 
  3. Put the pasta into the boiling water and cook until just al dente - about 1 minute.
  4. Meanwhile, to the pan with the prosciutto add in the cream, orange juice, and 1/2 the zest (you can always add more after if you want more orange flavour) and bring to a boil. Add in 1/2 cup of the pasta water. When the pasta is ready (remember not to over-cook as it'll cook a bit more in the sauce!), add it to the pan and toss to coat. If the pasta sauce is a bit sticky, loosen it with a bit more pasta water.
  5. Season with pepper and if needed, salt. Toss with cheese and serve immediately!

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