Friday, October 26, 2007

Penne Carbonara with Bacon, Cheese Tortellini with Tomatoes and Broccoli

Two of my favorite recipes that can be made in about 15 minutes.

Penne Carbonara with Bacon
1 pound penne
8 egg yolks
8 tablespoons heavy cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
8 slices precooked bacon, sliced into 1 inch peices

- Boil the pasta in salted water according to package instructions, until al dente; about 13 minutes.

- Meanwhile, combine egg yolks and cream in a bowl and whisk just until combined.

- When the pasta is al dente, drain it and return it to the pot. Add the egg yolk and cream mixture to the warm pasta and stir to combine. Add the chopped bacon and Parmesan cheese, a pinch of salt and season liberally with pepper. Toss. Serves 2 - 4

Cheese Tortellini with Tomatoes and Broccoli
3 tablespoons butter
2 pounds broccoli, stalks removed
, heads cut into small florets
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
3 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 1/2 pounds frozen cheese tortellini

- Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Heat 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add broccoli and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Toss occasionally just until the broccoli is crisp-tender.

-Cook tortellini in boiling water according to package instructions, until al dente; about 9 minutes and then drain, reserving a 1/2 cup of pasta water. Return tortellini to the pot and add the broccoli and garlic mixture, the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and season with salt and pepper. Toss gently and add just enough reserved pasta water to create a sauce that lightly coats the tortellini. Serves 2 - 4


Michael said...

LOVE the penne recipe. Super-easy & delicious.

What else you got?

leosatter said...

Maybe you can help me out with something…? I want to order all of my food online from now on because of various reasons, but I don’t know where to go for quality food. I have tried 2 companies so far, Fresh Dining, and and Celebrity Foods, but I wanna get others I can try out. Do you know of any? The main thing I’ve ordered so far is steak. I guess you can say, I’m a steak junkie. LOL!!! From what I have found out (from what I have ordered so far) I think I am able to regulate the quality of beef I buy. I hate going to a store and getting that crappy slab of beef that I have to cut down until there is like nothing left. Hahaha!!!! (its so true though) Anyhow, sorry that I made this comment so long. If you can help me out or point me in a direction where I might find more quality foods online, I would greatly appreciate it. Have a good day or night! (depending on when you read this) LOL!!!!

J.P. said...

Leosatter, Sorry - I never got an email notification of your comment. Anyway, I don't have any experience with the sort of service you are looking for. The only one that I know of is Schwan's, however quality is not usually the forté of the frozen food business. If you live in a larger city, perhaps you could find a local grocery store that has a delivery program, such as Whole Foods has where I live. You can have groceries delivered or choose from any of the prepared foods that they have, which are always high quality. This is the best suggestion I can give. Good luck and thanks for visiting my blog.

Rachel said...

Regd you query on my blog about the choc sauce being too thin..I have no idea why it didn't work for you...How much of a choc bar did you use..I don't think I need to revise my recipe....It worked for me and I stand by it!

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised that your's didn't have that gooey texture..Another option would be to add a bite-sized piece of choc bar instead of the dollop...Try it..Thanks for dropping by, for trying it out and leaving a review :)

Coffee and Vanilla said...

I love the second one... sounds really good.