luni, 27 februarie 2012

Amazing taglieteli , with a bacon , sage , garlic and mushroom sauce

La cucina piccola fal la casa grande , which means in italian '' A small kitchen makes the house big '' .... and what does that mean ,..., it does not matter whether you got a huge kitchen full of gadgets or a small one with just a few utensils ... as long as you cook from the heart the result is the same , and the heart to a good house is the kitchen . All the action , the noises , the beautifull smells that sorround the house are coming from the kitchen .
 So since we already opened this post with an italian fraze , i already have in mind a good recipe. An amazing pasta recipe .... now you're thinking .. '' Oh not another spaghetti freak with a red cheap sauce from a can '' . Well if you're thinking that , then please stop here and let me finish . This pasta dish i'm about to show you will blow you away and make your friends think you're super cool . Italians are pasta loving freaks so of course they love eating their pasta fresh ... the heart of the italian cuisine is cooking with fresh ingredients and the pasta is their highlight .
So let's get started : this pasta dish is called '' Home-made tagliateli with a mushroom sauce , bacon and sage '' .
Here are the ingredients you need :          For the dough

                                                    - 3 eggs
                                                    - 300 g of flour ( 100 g of flour per egg ) 
                                                    - a pinch of salt
                                                                   For the sauce

                                                    - salt
                                                    - 3 and a half tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
                                                    - 80 g of bacon
                                                    - 4 garlic cloves 
                                                    - 12 sage leaves
                                                    - 350 g of fresh mushrooms
                                                    - 500 ml of sour cream
                                                    - pepper

So first of all let's start  by making the dough . Break the eggs in a bowl , then add the flour  and the salt . Mix them using a fork untill it forms some sort of bread crums . After that pour them on a table and start to bring them togheter until it forms a dough ( if it's too sticky , add a bit more flour , if you want a richer look add more egg yolks , anyway it's still good) . Wrapp the dough and put it in the fridge for about 20 mins . In the meantime get a pot of water , season it with a bit of salt and place it on the gas to bring it to the boil . After 20 minutes have passed get your pasta dough out of the fridge and start rolling it out (you can use a pasta rolling machine or a rolling pin like me since i haven't got a pasta machine ) . Roll out your pasta untill it's about 1/16 inch thick. 
After rolling your pasta , it's time to start making the tagliateli . With the short end of one pasta sheet facing you, loosely fold up sheet , fold the sheet over 2 or 3 times from short ends towards the center . Then with a knife cut the folded sheet into ribbons, a scant 1/4 inch wide. Unroll strips and lightly dust with flour; spread on a lightly floured baking sheet. Repeat with remaining pasta sheets. 

If you do this in front of your mates they'll think you're super cool trust me :D 
It should look like this :          

    After we're done making the pasta , the next thing is making the sauce . So start of by cutting the bacon in small little cubes , then in a hot pan put 2 tablespoons of olive oil and place the bacon in the pan . Wait for the bacon to get golden and crispy .... after that place the bacon on a sheet of papper. Peel the garlic and the mushrooms and chopp them finely .Add 1 and a half tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a medium heated pan , then place the mushrooms inside the pan along with the garlic ( do not place all the mushrooms inside a small pan they need space in order to brown and become golden , if they do not have enough space they start to sweat and boil) . Wash your sage leaves , chopp them finely and put them in the pan with the mushrooms and garlic . Season with salt and pepper . After that pour in the sour cream and the bacon and bring to the boil . Put the pasta in the pot with the boiling water and let them cook for about 2 to 3 minutes . 
     After the pasta is done , place them in the pan with the sauce and coat them with the sauce for about 2 minutes . Season with more salt or pepper if needed . 
     Serve them on a platter while hot . 

     Now you're thinking why all the bother with fresh pasta and not buy some from the supermarket. Well first of all fresh pasta tastes way better , more richness to it , it's silky , it's absolutely amazing and the color and aspect is  beautifull ... this is how it looks like :
   See how different the color is from the ones bought from the supermarket , it's an amazing rich colour   , and the taste is divine . You know italians use to say '' Anche l'occhio vuole la sua parte '' , which means '' The eyes want their part '' . It is said that you start eating your food with your eyes and only after  with your mouth . The flavour and the aspect must be balanced .... it's a must as a chef to please both not just one  :D .
        I am sure you guys will enjoy this recipe , and remember 60% of a good pasta dish makes the pasta and the rest of 40% is the sauce . So get crackin' on your pasta skills and try to perfect it . Have fun guys and remember the secret to any good food is FRESHNESS . No matter how simple a dish is , if it's fresh can't be bad :D .
      So dear readers i'm off to bed again , tommorow another busy day :D .... if you got any questions or in need of more details just subscribe me or e-mail me and i'll asnwer them . 

                                                                                                                     Buon Appetito ! :D

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