Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Vegetarian Pasta Dish

This dish I made some items separately (a picky kid doesn't like spinach/mushrooms). The rest of us like it together. It could be made to look fancy if you add some thin asparagus, shaved cheese on top. It's pretty rich, but great for a little indulgence!

Pasta of your choice, I used Penne, Butter, Salt/Pepper, White truffle oil, chives, parmesan cheese, mushrooms, spinach, chicken broth, half & half

This is the sauce in the pan before being tossed with pasta & vegetables:

Sauce cooking left
& vegetable mixture below

To make this I slice large mushrooms (about 8) thinly. I also cut one small onion. I saute these vegetables in some butter & a little chicken broth. I season with salt & pepper. Take vegetables out, set aside in bowl.

To get this sauce, Melt 1/4 stick of butter in this same pan you cooked the vegetables in. Deglaze the pan with a little chicken broth. Add some white truffle oil, about 1/4 cup. Whisk together & add about 1 cup half & half (could use heavy cream for richer sauce), when blended, add parmesan cheese & melt (about a cup). Then season with pepper & cut chives into sauce, about 1/4 cup of chopped chives. Then toss with pasta & top with shaved parmesan cheese:

In the end as you plate this dish, you could serve with garlic bread & salad. You can toss in as many of the sauteed vegetables as you like. Here's a picture (sorry not the best) of the final product with some salad & garlic bread.

You can make a different variation on this & instead of using truffle oil, you could use marsala wine. Either way, this dish is very tasty. Enjoy

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