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Five short days that's all it took
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Five days like this could drive a chef mad!
Amongst it all we've put on weight
We must go home to compensate"
Patricia Hargreaves, France
Walnut Grove Recipes
Fresh tagliatelle pasta with a
smoked bacon, tomato and mushroom sauce
- 500g fresh pasta
- 2 large fresh chillies
- 15 button mushrooms
- 4 onions
- 5 cloves garlic
- 250g chopped tinned tomatoes
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- 2 fresh tomatoes
- 250g smoked bacon lardons
- 250 ml double cream
- fresh parmesan cheese
1. To make the sauce, gently fry the bacon lardons in a non-stick
frying pan until golden brown. Add the sliced onion, diced chilli
and chopped garlic and cook slowly until the onions are softened.
2. Add the
tinned tomatoes, tomato puree, fresh tomatoes (diced), and sliced
mushrooms, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the cream cook for
a further 2 to 3 minutes, and season to taste. The sauce is now
ready to use.
3. Plunge the fresh tagliatelle into boiling salted
water and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until cooked.
4. Strain pasta, place back into clean saucepan and stir the hot
tomato sauce into it. Serve in bowls, and garnish with fresh parmesan
shavings and herbs, and if you like it a bit spicier, fresh chopped
A nice fresh mixed leaf salad (dressed at the last moment) is
the perfect accompaniment, and perhaps some freshly baked garlic
For this dish everything can be prepared in advance,
and cooked and assembled at the last minute.
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