Friday night used to be pizza night but now that my son is playing football again it has turned into pasta night. Pasta night used to be Tuesday night, after Monday fish night. That was back when I did a weekly shop at the Vic Market on Saturday morning. Now I ride on most Saturday mornings so things are much more haphazard. I’m tending now to shop on the run, not having sorted out a routine yet. Consequently I did a quick shop at the market today for tonight and the weekend.
I chose a simple recipe for tonight – Pappardelle al sugo di carne from Antonio Carluccio’s Passion for Pasta. It turned out really well too.
Gently fry a finely chopped onion, carrot and stick of celery in 6 tbsp of olive oil until soft. Then add 200g each of minced pork and beef and continue frying until meat is browned. Add 150ml dry red wine and continue cooking for another couple of minutes. Add 3 tbsp of tomato paste diluted in 2 tbsp of warm water and 2 bay leaves and cook for another 10 mins. Remove bay leaves, season to taste and add 150ml beef stock and heat through. Serve on top of cooked fresh pappardelle and top with grated parmesan.
I also did a bit of prep tonight for Mother’s Day by getting a ferment going for some croissant dough and seasoning some duck marylands for a duck confit. Stay tuned.