Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Carbo-Calorific (and oh-so comforting!) Tagliatelle

Here's a quick recipe I made a few days ago which was a big hit with my family. It's very easy, very delicious and very carbo-calorific: tagliatelle with blue cheese, chicken, cream and walnuts. We're talking major comfort food here. Like a warm blanket on a rainy, stormy day. Make it and don't feel the slightest bit guilty.
Serves 3
knob of butter
1 tbsp mild olive oil
350g chicken, cubed
sea salt 
freshly ground pepper
1/2 sweet onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
150g bleu d'Auvergne
150ml single cream
handful chopped basil
60g walnuts, roughly chopped and pan-roasted
tagliatelle, to serve

Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil for your tagliatelle. Heat the butter and oil and brown the chicken (seasoned with salt and pepper) for about seven minutes. Add the onions and garlic and cook for a further minute or two. Add the cheese and the cream, cover and cook for about 10 minutes. Drain your pasta reserving about 80ml of the cooking water. Stir the cooking water through the sauce. Cook for a further minute, add the basil, taste and correct the seasoning. Stir the pasta through the sauce. Serve with the chopped, pan-roasted walnuts.

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