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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Fresh Tagliatelle with Mushrooms, Chestnuts & Sage

Ack.  I had this whole post written and lost it while it was still in "Draft" mode.  Auto-Save is a great feature but can be harsh if you inadvertently lose text (or an entire post) and don't have a chance to recover it before it's automatically saved.  Lesson learned.  If I'm going to save something in Draft before publishing, copy the entire post's HTML code into a text or Word document.  That's my tip for the day!

(An apology is in order here:  My photos this week are particularly poor.  Not sure what my problem is, but I will do my best to get that figured out soon!)

I do so look forward to the weekends.  It not only means leaving the stress of the work week behind, but it allows me the time to do what I really enjoy... cook!  Though I do a little cooking during the week, weekends give me the opportunity to try new recipes and more time-consuming techniques that I don't have the time (or inclination) for after a long work day.  Which brings me to this week's Weekend Blog Showcase, hosted by Ann (Thibeault's Table) this week.

I've had this recipe on file to try for a few weeks now from Take Thou Food. Being the mushroom-lover that I am, I knew it was a dish I would love. Take Thou Food is written by Sean, a young guy who is obviously a talented cook and photographer.  I loved that he made the pasta from scratch for this dish even though the mushrooms are what really take center stage in the recipe.  While Sean used a rolling pin to roll out his pasta dough, though, I used my handy, dandy crank pasta machine.  I felt like a bit of a slacker in comparison, especially given the fact that his dough looks remarkably uniform and mine, well, ... doesn't.  Nonetheless, his pasta dough was simple enough to make and will be my go-to pasta dough recipe from now on.

Sean used a combination of shiitake, oyster, button and rehydrated chanterelles in his dish, which sounded delicious.  I remembered a small bag of dried lobster mushrooms I've had stashed in my pantry for quite some time, waiting for a dish where they would really star.  So I reconstituted them in some hot water for about 30 minutes, and sliced them up along with some shiitakes and baby bellas, saving some of their steeping liquid to enhance the dish.  Perfect.

I also had a jar of roasted chestnuts on hand.  Their slightly sweet flavor and soft yet chewy texture were a wonderful addition to the recipe.This dish was so easy and so delicious, I know it will be one I will make again and again.  Thank you, Sean!

Fresh Tagliatelle (Mushroom, Chestnuts, Sage) 
Inspired by Gabby's Fettucini from La Pietra Cucina

- mixture of wild mushrooms
- 2+ tablespoons of butter
- a bunch of sage, chiffonade
- roasted chestnuts, in little pieces
- dried or fresh fettucini or tagliatelle
- 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice

1) Make the pasta. This is so easy and simple to make at home. Just combine 100g of flour, 1 large egg and a tablespoon of olive oil and blitz until it resembles wet sand. Pour out to a lightly floured work surface and knead for a couple minutes until smooth and elastic. Wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes.

2) After the pasta's chilled, roll it out using a rolling pin (not recommended) or a pasta machine. After it's thin enough, cut into tagliatelle and set aside until you need it.

3) In a hot pan, add a tablespoon of olive oil (Lori's note:  I added an additional 2 tablespoons of butter to the olive oil). Add the mushrooms (rehydrate any dry mushrooms per package instructions) and saute until it starts to brown and reduce in size. Finish off with a tablespoon of butter to give it a nice, rich, nutty flavor.

4) Add in sage a minute before the mushrooms finish cooking.

5) This is where you gotta multitask: if you're using fresh pasta, cook it in salted, boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes before the mushrooms finish cooking. If you're using dried pasta, you want to cook it just before al dente and by the time the mushrooms finish cooking so about the same time you start sauteeing the mushrooms. Overcooking the mushrooms is more forgivable than mushy pasta though.

6) Add a splash of the mushroom stock from the liquid the dried mushrooms were in and squeeze about a tablespoon of lemon juice over the pan.

7) Toss in your pasta with the chestnut bits and toss a few times until well incorporated.

8) Finish the pasta with another tablespoon of butter and mix. Serve immediately.


La Table De Nana said...

Slacker? Your tagliatelle is beautiful and this looks delish..I think the shots are so good..maybe everyone's screens are different?:)

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

Oh Monique - you are the sweetest person in the world! :D

All the photos look blurry to me. I tried to sharpen them in a photo editor, but...

Regardless of my lack of photo skills, the recipe really is delicious. I hope you try it (and visit Sean's blog, too!)

Thank you, M! xo

Linda said...

This looks wonderful Lori and your pics look great!
Maybe it is your have been having that problem lately myself!
I have been meaning to make some fresh pasta for a while now...I really must do it soon!

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

Linda, this pasta dough was the easiest to work with of any I've tried. It's now my pasta recipe of choice!

And you're way too sweet. Or maybe I need new glasses?? (But I don't think so...) ;-D

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

Lori, your photos look beautiful...they're certainly making me hungry! Another great recipe :)

Caroline said...

Making fresh pasta is one of the few things that still really intimiates me! Yours looks absolutely beautiful, and I don't know what you're talking about your pictures being poor - I think the entire dish looks incredibly appetizing!

Peggy said...

This pasta looks gorgeous! Your homemade pasta looks perfect!

Mary Bergfeld said...

Lori, this sounds and looks delicious. Each time I visit I'm struck by how lovely your blog is. I hope the New Year brings you health, wealth and happiness. Blessings...Mary

Fearless Kitchen said...

Wow this looks delicious. I've been going through a big "sage" phase lately, and the chestnuts are a wonderful addition.

Pam said...

Lori, This looks delicious! I'm dying to try it!

Pam said...

I've gotta revisit this. Your pics are beautiful. Using a handy dandy crank pasta machine doesn't make you a slacker, it makes you a cook. This recipe really sounds yummy. I especially like the addition of chestnuts.

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Oh wow...that is like my perfect pasta dream! I'll have to try this one soon for sure. Thanks so much! New to your site. Love it here already. Can't wait to poke around some more.

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

This sounds just line the comfort food we are all craving right now in mid winter.

EFT Therapy said...

It definitely looks yummy! Can't wait to try your recipe over the weekend!

Erica Ferreri said...

Sorry for my english and nice to meet you :D
I'm italian and your tagliatelle are perfect ;)

Jeannie said...

This dish looks so refreshingly healthy with all the mushrooms in it. I think your photos are great too!

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