Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Spaghetti in Cream Sauce with Parma Ham


Another 15 minute meal provided you have everything out and ready to go. Well technically the cooking took all but 10 minutes? And the preparation was about 5 minutes. So for those who do think cooking is tedious and long think again because this certainly was done in 15 minutes.

The Ingredients:

About a handful of spaghetti (40 sticks or so)
1 to 2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic - finely chopped
2 to 3 sprigs of spring onions - cut into 5cm length
1 tsp chilli flakes or 2 fresh birds eye chillies - finely sliced
About 1/2 cup heavy / double / whipping cream
salt and pepper to taste
4 to 5 slices of parma ham

Method:
  1. First prepare the water in a pot half way through and set to a boil with some oil and salt.
  2. Then prepare the garlic, spring onions and chilli.
  3. When the water begins to boil add in the spaghetti and cook according to packet's instructions. It usually varies between 8 to 10 minutes. 
  4. When the spaghetti is almost cooked (In the 6th minute), warm up your frying pan with some oil and add in the garlic and chillies. The spaghetti should be ready then. Remove from the stove and steep the water. Run it under cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
  5. The garlic and chillies should be fragrant now, so add in the spring onions to just cook it slightly before adding in the heavy cream.
  6. Let it simmer and not cooked through because the cream can curdle if over cooked. This should be 30 seconds. 
  7. Now toss in the spaghetti, and add in the salt and pepper to taste. Make sure to toss the spaghetti in the sauce and then ladle it on to a pasta bowl.
  8. Layer the parma ham on top and serve!
Parma Ham tastes better when you do not cook it on the stove and let it steep slowly with the warm sauce. You can even omit the salt from the sauce as the parma ham is salty enough.

This all done in 15 minutes... yum...

I still owe you guys the Spiesbraten (German Roast Pork) recipe. Give me time and it'll appear...soon!!

Prepping for a big birthday cake in the shape of a fish....
The Innovativebaker

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