The Kitchen Hero Tasty Tea
One of the recipes in Kitchen Hero actually came from the lovely Lorraine (@italianfoodie) - the beauty behind La Cucina in Limerick. Aided & abetted by the handsome Bruno (@mritalianfoodie), they produce stunning Italian dishes at their award-winning restaurant in Castletroy. It's fast, simple and utterly divine - perfect for a speedy supper during the week and I guarantee that you'll make this again and again. Halfway through his plate of pasta, The Hubs turned to me & said that he'd quite happily eat double portions. Praise indeed! My quantities feed two hungry people, so simply double, triple or quadruple to feed a crowd. By the way, I changed the ingredients slightly to suit our palate - more pancetta, some shallots, sundried tomato puree & I didn't add any salt. To be honest, I don't think it needs any additional salt because of the pancetta & parmesan. Taste it when you make it & decide for yourself.
200g Pancetta, cubed
2 Shallots, finely sliced
2 tbsp Vodka
2 tbsp Sundried Tomato Puree
2 tbsp Flat Leaf Parsley, finely chopped
2 tbsp Parmesan Cheese, grated
Freshly ground Black Pepper
Cook the penne in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente.
Heat the butter in a large frying pan, add the pancetta & shallots & cook over a medium heat until the pancetta has started to go crispy.
Add the vodka & simmer for a minute or two (this lets the alcohol cook off) before adding the cream, tomato puree & parsley.
Allow the sauce to simmer for 4-5 minutes until it thickens up & reduces slightly. Season to taste with black pepper.
When the pasta has cooked, drain it & add it to the sauce - mix well and serve with the grated Parmesan.
The Hubs absolutely loved it, as you can tell...