Saturday, 19 May 2012

Wonky summer pasta

Although I have not blogged much about Jamie's 30 minute meals, I certainly have cooked a lot from it. I'm estimating out of the 50 meals, I have cooked 15 of his dishes, and have cooked every single chicken dish in this book. I know there has been much debate as to whether the meals take 30 minutes. I personally have only done one meal in 30 minutes, the wonky summer pasta, which I will share the recipe  and the fish tray bake. I have not attempted to make any of the desserts in this book, if I had attempted some of the desserts I can imagine it wold take me over an hour. My only other criticism with this book is the ingredients can be quite expensive, and sometimes improvisation is needed.
Anyway, back to the recipe, this dish is basically a cabonara but called wonky summer pasta. This dish is delicious, quick easy and simple. I used normal spaghetti and not fresh lasagna sheets as stipulated in the book.
Here is how my dish turned out:

I ate my lovely pasta dish with a whole bowl of herby salad. It was delicious. ......

Recipe for wonky summer pasta.

 1 egg yolk
 60g Parmesan cheese, plus extra
for serving
 Squeeze of lemon
 250g fresh lasagne sheets ( I used ordinary pasta)
 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
 sea salt & black pepper
 Carefully separate the egg and put the yolk into a big serving bowl.
Add the extra virgin olive oil and a good pinch of salt & pepper to the bowl of egg yolk.
Grate the Parmesan and tip it into the bowl of egg yolks with the lemon juice. Stir until everything is mixed together, then season with salt & pepper.
Stack the lasagna sheets on a chopping board and carefully slice them into fairly thin strips, or use some spaghetti Add to the pan of boiling water with a good pinch of salt. Stir, then put the lid on slightly askew and keep it at a hard boil for just 1½ minutes.
 This pasta must be eaten ASAP to be enjoyed properly. It is best to use a tongs to move o move the pasta to the egg mixture.  Fresh pasta is constantly sucking up water so make it slightly looser than it needs to be and it will be perfect at the table. Take to the table, quickly dress the salad and eat straight away.
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