I love to cook. For me, cooking is a passion, and not a hobby. But when youâ€™ve had a long day at work and you finish your work assignments late, cooking does tend to feel like a chore especially if you have to entertain impromptu guests for dinner.
When this happens, I always go to my go-to dish â€“ pasta. Cooking and preparing pasta is one of the easiest ways to prepare a yummy dish. You can make it as simple or as complex as you want and yet it still only takes less than an hour to cook. Itâ€™s also quite filling so if you really want to stuff yourself you wonâ€™t have to spend too much to do so. And, finally, who doesnâ€™t really like pasta? The only people I know who hates it are people who think carbs are the enemy and people who are allergic to gluten. Other than them, pasta is universally loved â€“ most especially the kiddies.
If youâ€™re looking for an extremely easy pasta recipe that is easy to cook and yet offers an interesting flavor combination, then you should definitely try Gordon Ramsayâ€™s Mushroom and Leek Pasta. This dish is so easy to prepare and the combination of mushrooms, pancetta and cooked leeks is a great combo.
An important tip when cooking this dish â€“ make sure that you properly cook the leeks. This means cooking it until it reaches a consistency where the leek would feel like it melts in your mouth when you taste it.
300g pasta shells (conchiglie)
sea salt and black pepper
3-4 tbsp olive oil
125g pancetta, sliced
2 medium leeks, trimmed and finely sliced
250g chestnut mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
2-3 tbsp crÃ¨me fraÃ®che
Bunch of flat leaf parsley, chopped
Parmesan shavings to serve
How to make pasta with pancetta, leek & mushrooms
1. Add the pasta shells to a pot of boiling salted water and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until al dente
2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large pan and add the pancetta. Fry for a few minutes until it is golden brown, then add the leeks, mushrooms and a little salt and pepper. Stir over high heat for 6-8 minutes until the leeks are tender
3. Drain the pasta and immediately toss with the pancetta, leeks and mushrooms. Stir in the crÃ¨me fraÃ®che and season with salt and pepper to taste. Scatter over the chopped parsley to serve
Recipe from: http://www.channel4.com