Maybe We Should Eat Some Real Food

27 Sep

Sometimes I have to eat real food. By which I mean food that might constitute part of a full and balanced diet. Obviously, those Star Wars pancakes existed in time and space before I ate them. This real food is often salad or microwaved yams or eggs over easy. But I’m not going to tell you how to make those things, because this week I made something different. Something with cream. Something with something sorta bacony…

Fettuccine with Orange and Prosciutto, adapted from Bon Appétit 

12 oz fresh fettuccine
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
2 oz. thinly sliced prosciutto, torn into 1 in. pieces
zest and juice of 1 orange
1/2 cup heavy cream
fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese

Step 1: Bring water to boil in a large pot. Season generously with salt (like the ocean!) and add pasta, cooking until slightly before al dente (~2 minutes for fresh pasta). Drain and reserve 1/4 cup pasta water.

Step 2: Meanwhile, zest and juice your orange and melt butter in a medium saucepan.

Step 3: Once butter is melted, saute prosciutto until browned (~3 minutes).

Step 4: Add orange juice, 1/2 zest, cream, and pasta water to prosciutto and bring mixture to a boil. Add pasta, and cook, tossing pasta in sauce until coated in sauce and al dente (~1 minute).

Step 5: Stir in cheese, season with salt and pepper, and serve!

3 Responses to “Maybe We Should Eat Some Real Food”

  1. ChrisF October 1, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    Ah…real food!

    • Eileen October 1, 2011 at 9:19 pm #

      Yes! Alas, we can’t subsist on cookies and brownies alone!


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