One of my favourite dishes to eat at a restaurant is Zizzi's Penne Della Casa. I've tried for a while to make something that tasted similar and now that I've created a dish that I'm happy with, I thought I'd share the recipe with you all!
Ingredients (Serves 4)
Salt and pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
4 shallots (sliced up)
250g chicken breast (sliced into small chunks)
8 rashers of smoked bacon or pancetta (chopped up into small 1cm strips)
400g chestut mushrooms (sliced up)
1 tsp plain flour
150ml double cream
2 tbsp red wine
Pinch of nutmeg
Handful of spinach leaves
300g penne pasta
1) Put enough water in the kettle for your pasta and turn on. Melt the butter and olive oil in a large frying pan. Add the shallots and chicken, turn down to a low to medium heat and cook for 5 minutes (leave a bit longer if the chicken doesn't look like it's cooked on the outside). Add the bacon, cook for a couple of minutes and then add the mushrooms. Cook for a couple of minutes until they look softened.
2) Meanwhile, put your boiling water in a large saucepan, add a little salt, bring to the boil and add your pasta. Cook for the time instructed on the packet.
3) Go back to your frying pan. Sprinkle in the flour and stir. Take off the heat while you add the cream and red wine, then return to the heat and add the nutmeg and spinach leaves. Leave to cook over a low heat while your pasta is cooking.
4) Once your pasta is done, drain it, and reserve a little cup of the starchy water. Add the pasta to your sauce and stir in. Leave this on to cook for a couple of minutes and add a little of the starchy water to loosen if you feel you need to.
5) Serve up and sprinkle with parmesan if you desire.
This pasta is one of my favourite home cooked meals now, but it is quite heavy and a little naughty with all that cream, so I do save it as a treat. The first photo in this post I didn't include spinach or parmesan and added a side salad to make it a little healthier. The second picture is exactly the method I used above.
What's your favourite pasta dish? I'm pasta-mad so would love to hear any recipes you like to use.