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Friday, August 14, 2015

To a Man's Heart!

No matter how cliched the title is, it has been proven time and again that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. I am not being a sexist, the way to a woman's heart (at least mine) is somewhat the same, however this time let us just go with the conventional story - the guy and the girl fight over almost nothing, the girl cooks, the guy loves it and they live happily ever after.

Though I am not a great cook, but today I am sharing a recipe and a great story. The story is not that great actually. It is about the guy who I used to date and annoy a lot. And he was a great follower of the fact that good food can cheer anyone up. He was always like "Cook woman!", whenever there was a situation when I have annoyed him to the core!

But putting up with him made me like and experiment with the Italian cuisine because he is a great pasta lover. He can eat pasta day in and day out. And that is why this one time when we had a huge fight and I knew that only a great tasting pasta can win over his heart. Fights end and the situations like these are short lived, what stays forever is the good food. Good food which can be recreated time and again. I really hope that you like the recipe that I am sharing.

Butter Garlic and White Wine Pasta
Topped with loads of herbs and oodles of love 




Ingredients
300 grams of pasta (I used Del Monte Penne Rigate)
100 grams (1 cup) of crusty bread, torn into small pieces
50 grams (1 cup loosely packed) fresh herbs ( I used a mix of Oregano, Basil, Cilantro and Mint)
2 medium sized onions
6-8 Garlic Cloves
1 Bayleaf
250 ml( 1 cup) white wine
500 ml (2 cups) chicken stock
180 ml (3/4 cup) fresh cream
2 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoon Olive oil
1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
Salt and pepper to taste


The star of the dish. 

Method
1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling water. Add salt generously while cooking. Use low sodium salt and be a li'l less worried!


2. Roast the bread slices using 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Make it as crispy as you can.


3. Finely chop the garlic and onions.


4. In a pan, heat two tablespoon of olive oil on medium heat. Cook the onions for a minute. Add the minced garlic and the red chilli flakes and cook for two more minutes.



5. Deglaze with white wine. It is okay to drink a li'l and be tipsy - prepares you better for the after dinner action ;)



6. Add the bayleaf and simmer for 3-4 minutes.


7. Now add the chicken stock and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Id the sauce seems dry, you can add more stock.

8. Lower the flame and add the fresh cream and butter. Stir continously. If your sauce seems dry, add more cream.


9. Now toss the cooked pasta into the sauce and stir well.


10. Remove from the heat immediately.

11. Wash the fresh herbs and chop them finely.


12. Mix the fresh herbs with the bread crumbs. Do this in the end to avoid the crusty bread from getting soggy.


13. Garnish the pasta with the crumbs and herbs. You can also use lemon zest for garnishing.



You can always improvise the recipe according to your taste. For example, you can use freshly prepared vegetable stock if you don't have chicken stock or  want to avoid using canned stock. You can also add some greens to this recipe, like spinach and broccoli.

Do try this and let me know about your feedback!

As far as my story is concerned, I always believe that every love story has a happy ending! So yes, my pasta-lover guy loved the efforts that I put in and of course the dish as well. 

2 comments:

Aseem said...

Some lovely pics. Looks delicious :). Guess I should try this recipe sometime as I have recently started to love pastas :D.

Sushmita said...

@Aseem It was indeed delicious. Do try it and let me know :D