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Mustard & Parsley Sausage Conchiglie

This recipe was inspired by the humble home cook Nigel Slater, his recipes generally consist of homemade fast food making use of leftover ingredients and easy for anyone to pick up and get going.

I find myself using sausage meat for plenty of recipes because the meat has so much flavour and variety reducing time in the kitchen immediately as a good meat flavour has already been achived. Fast food can also be very good food and this recipe allows for errors as it’s all about how you prefer it, more or less cream for example.

To serve 4

Ingredients

4 tbsp high quality olive oil

2 medium white onions sliced

Hand full coarsely chopped italian flat leaf parsley

8 good quality sausages (of your preference)

1 heaped tbsp Dijon mustard

1 tbsp whole grain mustard

250ml single cream (less if you like)

350g Conchiglie pasta (you could substitute for another type such as penne the mix just works well with conchiglie)

Method:

1. Slice the onion, chop the parseley and squeeze all the sausage meat out of the skins. We chose to break all the sausage meat up into minced pork but if you prefer you could roll the meat into small meatballs.

2. Add oil into a pan and the onions and cook until soft. You want the onions to be sweet and caramelised so it’s best to put a lid on them and steam for about ten minutes.

3. Add in the sausage meat and cook for a few minutes until browning appears clear they are cooked. Whilst the sausages are cooking start the pasta in a separate pan.

4. Now add the chopped parsley to the sausage pan and add in your mustard, give that a good stir.

5. Drain the pasta, and add it to the pan with the pot of cream and stir well the cream will heat through within the residual pasta heat.

6. Plate up, garnish with a sprinkling of parsley if desired and enjoy!

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Wild Mushroom Reginette Pasta

This recipe was based with a particular ingredient in mind, the English winter truffle.I have very recently due to the English truffling season only just beginning, received my preordered truffle and have been for a while now, scheming how exactly I should cook it.

A shout out to the English Truffle Company at www.englishtruffles.co.uk for providing excellent quality produce and a speedy delivery.

Something everyone MUST try.

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The dish that accompanied the truffle shavings must not be overpowering to the truffle so that the subtle musky, earthy flavour is not lost. I chose to do the simple wild mushroom tagliatelle but couldn’t source any fresh tagliatelle so just as good using the flat ribboned Reginette i chose a Wild Mushroom Reginette. Classic Italian Cuisine, as always.

This dish is so simple!!!! Done with preparation in less than ten minutes. Always prep well for an excellent finish, no searching for things in the last critical seconds.

TOTAL TIME TEN MINUTES!

Ingredients:

Quarter of a fresh lemon.

Hand full of flat leaf parsley

2 Cloves of garlic

Large knob of butter unsalted

180g Fresh Egg Reginette Pasta

2 tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper

40g Parmesan/Parmigiana

Large handful of wild mushrooms (can be purchased from supermarkets finest sections)

NOW! Prep! Coarsely chop parsley and finely slice garlic ready to throw in pan together.

Instructions;

Step1) Bring salted water to boil ready for pasta and heat olive oil in fair sized non stick frying pan.

Step2) Drop mushrooms in medium hot pan toss around and add a third of butter, meanwhile drop pasta in to salted boiling water it will take no more than three minutes to over cook, so be aware of time.

3) The parsley should be thrown into pan with garlic remaining butter and a squeeze of lemon, tossing it all around in the pan add a squeeze of lemon.

4) By now two to three minutes should have passed and you can remove your pasta and drop it directly into the mushroom pan. Drop it a palm full of Parmesan. Move the ingredients around the pan and add a few tablespoons of starchy pasta water. The pasta should not stick together and should have a light saucy consistency.

Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Garnish with a small flourish of Parmesan.

Here I have pictures to help you visualise the process before attempting the recipe.

Mushrooms cooking in olive oil:

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All of the ingredients cooking quick in olive oil and remainder of butter is melting creating an emulsion.

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Then the pasta and pasta water is added seasoned with Parmesan, salt and pepper and shaken and tossed.. The finish product should look something quite spectacular, like this:

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Now if you choose to splash out and add that extra depth flavour and elegance to the dish by shaving truffle slices on top your dish should look something more like this:

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Bon apetit!