Category Archives: pasta

Pasta with Whiskey and Mushrooms

Well, it’s been a little longer since my last post that I had intended and I’ve had some time to think about what I’ll be doing with this site going forward.  Not a big change, but  selecting a single wine with each dish, and focusing on picking the wine first.  I’ve built up a bit of a collection from a variety of places, so it doesn’t make sense to include the price or where I bought it, as it may not be readily available.  Most are reasonably priced, however, although we do have a few bottles for special occasions.

That being said, this week’s recipe comes from The Pioneer Woman, with some modifications. Primarily, substituting crème fraîche for the heavy cream and mushroom liquid (from reconstituting the dried mushrooms) for white wine.

Pasta with Whiskey and Mushrooms

I can’t say this was a huge success, but I’d certainly make a variation of this again (using the white wine, a different mix of mushrooms, some fresh parsley and more crème fraîche).

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Pasta with Goat Cheese and Roasted Asparagus

With English asparagus now becoming available,  this recipe for pasta with goat cheese and roasted asparagus sounded like a winner. Asparagus is one of my favourite vegetables and I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy it.  With pasta and goat cheese, it’s a quick and easy meal that tastes great.

Pasta with Goat Cheese and Roasted Asparagus

For the asparagus, I roasted for about 10 minutes and that was plenty of time in the oven. Next time, I might add roast some cherry tomatoes and add them as well and go with a stronger goat cheese – the one I used was fairly mild. Minor adjustments to recipe that works well as is.

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Mediterranean Shrimp Skillet

I didn’t expect to do another pasta recipe so soon, but I have.  I had a wine that I wanted to match so I went in search of a recipe that I thought would work with it, and it just happened to have pasta in it.

The wine I started with is a Rioja Blanco that is 100% Viura (many white Riojas are blends of Viura,  Malvasia and Garnacha blanca), base on a recommendation from a friend.

With the prawns and garlic, I thought this recipe would be perfect, from Iowa Girl Eats.

Mediterranean Shrimp Skillet

It was super quick to make, although I undercooked the tomatoes a bit (easy enough to fix for next time).  I made it again without the prawns and tomatoes, for an easy vegetarian meal (I also substituted the chicken stock with vegetable stock), and that was quite nice with both wines as well.

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Pasta with Hot Italian Sausage

I’ve been living in London for over ten years now and at this point, there are few things that I really miss, food-wise, from the US.  In part because most are more readily available than they were when we first got here – good burgers, for one.  I have been craving pasta with hot Italian sausage, which I’d make occasionally back in the US, but hot Italian sausage is not readily found in the UK.   So, with the powers of the internet, I found a few recipes and adapted them to make my own.  Fortunately, for this recipe, the starting point was to remove the sausage meat from the casing, so I didn’t actually make sausages, just seasoned the pork, then browned it, added onion, tinned plum tomatoes and some more herbs.

Pasta with hot Italian sausage

To me, this is the perfect comfort food and as it turned out, was just what I needed because as I was taking this photo (possibly before or after, it’s a bit of a blur), well let’s just say, tile floor: 1, red wine bottle: 0.

Fortunately, the bottle was already on the floor and just fell over, so while there was a big puddle of red wine and broken glass, splash damage was kept to a minimum.

So I cleaned it up and then ate the whole bowl of pasta. And  a little more.  And then I felt better. And that’s what’s so great about comfort food.

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