Thursday, March 4, 2010

Ten Minute Meal

I had a bowl of left over spaghetti, and I needed a condiment to turn it into a quick lunch.

2 cups of cooked spinach spaghetti

1 tablespoon of olive oil

3 rounds of pancetta, diced

3/4 cup of heavy cream

Pinch of Italian seasoning

Sea salt to taste (Be careful. Pancetta and Parmesan are salty).

1/2 cup grated Parmesan

1/4 cup pine nuts

1/2 teaspoon Balsamic vinegar

Put the olive oil, cream , pancetta, parmesan, and pine nuts in a sauce pan. Bring to a brief boil, then lower heat and let the mixture thicken and reduce while stirring. Add the vinegar and Italian seasoning. Taste before adding sea salt. When the mixture has thickened enough toss the spaghetti in the sauce pan and coat with the sauce. Heat through.

If you have no cold or frozen cooked spaghetti you can add ten minutes to this recipe by cooking up a 1 lb package. Freeze the leftover pasta , and this will be a ten minute recipe again.

This serves the lone diner. Double everything if you are feeding a husband or a friend. This is a rich dish. You can use plain spaghetti, but why would you when spinach spaghetti has more character and taste.

* A note on pancetta. Boar's Head brand sells pancetta slices in a 4 oz package. The slices are thin 3 inch rounds.

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