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Farmhouse Pasta

Menu Plan for the week of Nov. 22, 2013: Wednesday's Recipes

Farmhouse Pasta

Cooking time:  30 minutes for menu           Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     This is one of our favorite pasta recipes.  I make it for the 2 of us and have made it for a group of 12.  It's easy, quick, healthy and full of flavor.  If you have fresh spinach left from Friday's salad, use that in place of all or part of the frozen.

Farmhouse Pasta                                             Preparation and cooking time: 30 minutes
    The sauce cooks in just 15 minutes... so it's quicker if you use fresh pasta.  The recipe is based on one I found ages ago in 'The Book of Sauces'.    The sauce is meant to be very thick - add more water as desired.  

1 small onion or 1/2 larger one  
2 cloves garlic
4oz (125gr) mushrooms
1 tbs olive oil
8oz (250gr) frozen spinach   or fresh
4oz (125gr) Prosciutto, Serrano or other dry-cured ham
4 tbs tomato paste   1 small can
1 - 3 tbs water
1 little box chevre (goat cheese) - the little cartons of creamy goat cheese, 5oz (150 gr)  Chavrie in U.S.; Chevraux in France)
4oz (125gr) dry spaghetti  or 8oz (250 gr) fresh

Cook pasta according to package instructions. 
For the sauce:  Clean mushrooms (techniques).   Chop onions, mushrooms and ham.  Mince garlic. 
Heat oil in medium nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Add onions, garlic, mushrooms and ham.  Sauté for 5 minutes.  Add tomato paste, spinach and 1 tbs water, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Mind the spinach so that it thaws.   If sauce starts to dry out add more water.
Add goat cheese and stir until it melts.  Toss with pasta and serve immediately.

Cooking schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
medium skillet with lid, pot and colander for pasta

Put water on high heat for pasta
Clean mushrooms, onions, garlic
Finely chop mushrooms, onions, garlic
Chop Prosciutto

Sauté mushrooms, onions, garlic, Prosciutto
Add tomato paste, spinach, water
Cover and simmer
Cook pasta
   Pause while stuff cooks
Add goat cheese and stir, heat through
Drain pasta
Combine pasta, sauce, toss well, serve

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