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Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Spaghetti Di Funghi Recipe


Ingredients :

200grams of Spaghetti (any brands)
3-4 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt, Black Pepper
4 teaspoons of Chilli Flakes or Finely chopped dry chillies
A handful of chopped flat leaf Parsley
50 ml of chicken stock (optional)
2 teaspoon of dry Oregano
Grated lemon zest of half lemon
5-6 Brown Mushrooms/Shitake sliced
1 whole onion, finely diced
1-2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

Cooking process :

1) Heat up stove and fill 3/4 full of water into your pot and let it boil. Once water is boiling, add 2-3 tablespoon of salt and 2 tablespoon of olive oil. Salt is to season the boiling water so that the pasta won't be bland and olive oil to prevent pasta from sticking. Make sure after placing the pasta into water give it a proper stir and not to let it stick together. You want to make it loose instead of the pasta clinging together. Leave it to cook for approximately 8-10 minutes or El dente. Reason you cook between this timing is because if you drain the pasta, the process of cooking is still going on as you are going to put the pasta into the mushroom mix. If you tend to cook the pasta a bit longer, it will overcook and it's gonna be horrible.

2) Heat up medium sized pan over medium heat. When pan is nice and hot, add 3 tablespoon of Olive oil into pan. Add onions and garlic. Saute till onions are soft and then add the chillies and mushrooms. Saute for 2 minutes or till mushroom slightly shrinks. In this moment, if your pan is slightly dry, add a few tablespoon of pasta water into pan. Then add the stock in, season with 2 pinch of salt and pepper and the lemon zest. Let the stock reduce.

3) Once pasta is cooked, drain the water and make sure you save some of the pasta water as you might need it in case your pasta is too dry. After the sauce is reduced, add in pasta into pan and mix thoroughly making sure the pasta is nicely coated with the sauce. After mixing well, ready to serve and garnish with a handful of grated Parmesan cheese and drizzle a little bit of EVOO. Mangia!


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