Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Spicy tagliatelle in mushroom sauce

Hello everyone!
Yesterday I prepared for dinner pasta with one of my favorite ingredients: MUSHROOMS!
I used dried mushrooms (porcino type) since I got them as present from Italy, but also other mushrooms like champignons work as well.

In the sauce I added some peperoncino, which is basicly Italian chili. They can be very hot, like the ones I have at home. I use only one of those chilis becasue I don't like my food to be too spicy!

For pasta I chose tagliatelle, a type of long flat pasta, that is original from Emilia-Romagna region and its name comes from the italian verb "tagliare"= to cut. Tagliatelle are ideal with thick sauces, for example made with meat, in fact the classic is the Bolognese sauce (ragú).

Ingredients (serves 2):
  • 200 gr tagliatelle pasta
  • 100 gr mushrooms
  • 250 ml cooking cream
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • rapeseed oil or olive oil
  • peperoncino or other chili
  • fresh chopped parsley
  • salt & pepper
  • grated parmesan cheese

Before cooking (for dried mushrooms):
Wash the mushrooms under cold water to clean them off the dirt. Put them in a bowl and cover them with water. Let them be for about 20 minutes (or follow the package's directions). After that, don't throw away the water you used! Instead, filter it carefully so it can be added to the sauce for extra flavor.

Put a pot of salted water on to boil.
Finely chop garlic, peperoncino and parsley and saute them in a saucepan with oil over medium heat.
Add mushrooms and let them cook for some minutes. Then pour the filtered water we saved and adjust the taste with salt & pepper.
Add the cream, stir, and let the sauce cook for few minutes at low heat.
When the water boils, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Mix the pasta with the sauce and serve with parmesan cheese.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

New blog, same ol' tasty food

Hello and welcome to my new food blog!

I have been thinking of opening this blog for a while. I have been keeping one in Finnish for a year and a half, and I thought that it would have been nice to share my recipes in english as well.
Bear in mind that english is not my first language so typos and grammar mistakes are to be expected. I'll do my best to avoid them though!

So which kind of recipes will you find here? Well, as Italian, my specialties are pasta and risotto dishes, but I also like secondos and baking. These are all recipes that I personally cook at home, so I know they're good.
I will write the ingredients using the european measurements, you can easily find a measurement converter on the internet or on the sidebar at your right.

I hope you enjoy my recipes, if so please leave a comment! I'm not the best cook in the world, but I surely love to eat! :)
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