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Black Pepper Pappardelle With Prosciutto, Pancetta, Peas, and Creamy Leeks
And my feeble attempt at a garnish is a wilted piece of flat-leaf parsley. Maybe next time I’ll wait for my lights to be set before adding the garnish to a hot dish. I apologize for that. But the pic may not look it, but the dish was screaming!
I got the idea from watching Jamie Oliver on his Saturday morning show. I’ve always liked Jamie Oliver. I can dig his rustic approach. And his garden, or small farm, has me exponentially envious. In this episode he showcased leeks. And well, we like leeks.
Jamie’s dish was a simple one with slow pan-roasted leeks covered in prosciutto with homemade pappardelle. So let’s see, we’ve got homemade pasta, sauteed leeks, and pork. So I decided to put my spin on it.
I split and sliced the leeks and got them into a water bath.
The flour was slowly incorporated into the eggs while beating the eggs. Then I turned the dough out onto a floured board and kneaded the dough for about 8 - 10 minutes. I made the dough into a ball, covered with a damp towel, and left it for 30 minutes.
On to the pancetta…
I poured off the fat as the pancetta left some undesirable residue. Then I melted 1/2 stick of butter over medium low heat.
Then into the pan with the leeks went 1 cup of heavy cream, a handful of frozen peas, 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, 1/2 cup freshly grated pecorino, 4 cloves of pressed garlic, the pancetta, and the prosciutto.
This simmered for about 15 minutes whilst I occasionally stirred it to incorporate the cheese.
While this was simmering, I cooked the pappardelle in boiling salted water for about 2 minutes then topped them with this leeky, porky, creamy, cheesy, yummy mixture.
So you're off the diet, then?
heather: i was inspired, definitely. diet? what diet?
I've still to try making my own pasta sometime, but don't see the point in investing in a pasta machine if it's only me who likes it..... maybe someday when we have kids who WILL like pasta too lol
PS the pie turned out great, the base was perfect - I was worried it might turn out slightly soggy but it was fine.
abby: jamie is fun to watch, like we could sit with a glass of wine and watch him right before our eyes. he is really passionate.
judy: let me know how it turns out for you.
ruth: this was really good. you know, you can make pappardelle with a rolling pin and a knife. hard to believe that you are the only one who likes pasta in your house.
melissa: thanks! yes, yes, the leeks!
lisa: i don't want to say how many plates i had.
And this pasta, it looks divine. That trick for putting prosciutto as a cover is priceless.
but donald... damn it man
that looks unreal
in every way
like on my birthday i want this
ham and bacon and cream and cheese on egg pasta with leeks
Elly: Here's a napkin.
Robin: I know, doesn't it? I wish I could just go gather some eggs from the chicks, pick some veg, and herbage, and head to the kitchen.
Foodycat: Thank you! It was a very successful experiment.
Claudia: Again, words like those coming from you inspire me to make up more dishes. Have what you wish on your birthday. I'll even make it for you!
Sharon: All you need to do is you guys fly into the ATL and we'll scoop you up. That is all. And thanks!
Sam: Thanks! Hadn't seen you for a while; thanks for stopping by. And yes it is except I spell my name with a "y" not an "e". :-)
Oh, you can call me Donald, please.
when are we coming back over there? i still have ur pan. and don't forget about me. i can't remember the last time u visited FE! step it up shawty!