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Sunday 13 September 2015

Comfort Recipe: Smokey Linguini - Vegetarian (works w/ Spaghetti, why not add Chorizo!)

When I’m feeling like something that’s going to satisfy me, and not be a giant pain in the arse to make this really hits the spot!!

It does have one shortcut which is the garlic and onion reduction, I usually make a batch and store it in the fridge in an old mayo jar - one of the big ones!! Then I don’t have to chop onions or garlic or mess about at all!! Recipe for the garlic onion reduction is here (it’s basically lob ingredients into a pot and reduce it for a couple of hours).

This one’s just as simple!!

ingredients (serves 2-4)
for the linguini
200g linguini 
1 tsp salt
1.5L water

for the smokey flavour
2 tbsp garlic onion reduction (recipe)
1 tsp smoked paprika
10g picked thyme (optional but really nice)
slug of olive oil

for the garnish
chives or spring onions (chopped)

apparatus / equipment
boiling pot

for the linguini
Bring 1.5L water to the boil (use kettle for high speed results!) 
Add the water to a boiling pot with the salt, dissolve the salt and add the pasta.
Cook for ~9-11mins depending how you like it. (9min al dente - 11min sooooft)
Then strain it, keeping the water to add a little to the sauce.

smokey flavour
First make sure you get hold of some decent smoked paprika: I use La Chinata - it has a great smokey flavour much better than most of the generic ‘smoked’ paprika you get in a lot of places. (you can get it at the supermarket too!!)
OK that said, dust a healthy tsp of smoked paprika over a medium hot dry frying pan. As soon as it starts to change colour and start giving off a smokey aroma (which will be 5-10seconds) add 2 tbsp of garlic reduction, a slug of olive oil and the thyme and mix well! Add the pasta and a 1/2 ladle of pasta water and toss the pasta with a couple of wooden forks. 

to serve
Serve on hot plates dusting with chives or spring onion.

thinking ahead
Now the pasta purists out there would probably have me shot, but this is just as good the next day and microwaves pretty well so it’s great to load up a takeaway box and have it for lunch the next day!

Make it meaty!! Dice 100g chorizo and cook until browned on the outside, add the picked thyme, cook for 2 more minutes then put aside. Use the same pan for more flavour and add the paprika etc and follow recipe above, adding the cooked chorizo just before the pasta!Makes for a nice meaty variant!! 

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