11 January 2013

FOODIE WEEKEND - Pasta alla Boscaiola

Hello, everyone!  It's Foodie Weekend, again!  I am sure some of you would go "No, not again!" but still I am hopeful that some would be like "Yay!"

I love food, period.  I love food so much that eating has always been in my top agenda when travelling.  When the word chilling out with friends pops up in my mind, food will always be in that picture!  The thing is as I grow older, the effect of food is not always good on me.  The equation now has to be Food + More Food = Lots of jumping around trying to burn the calories!  But still at the end of the day, this will never take away my love for good food.  

Ok, enough blabbering these incoherent words, it is time to talk about the recipe for this week, Pasta alla Boscaiola.  According to Captain, my Italian food 'maestro' (I bet he loves this title!) 'boscaiola' means lumberjack.  Apparently this recipe is famous among the lumberjacks as it uses the ingredients easily found in the wood; you know mushroom, beans, cream.. that is if there is a Carrefour or Whole Food Market in that wood I suppose (duh?)

But whatever it is, this recipe is good, simple and if you (or me) are clever enough to use the correct ingredients, no visit to the gym is required afterwards!  


Pasta Alla Boscaiola

Ingredients (serves 4)
500 gms of pasta of your choice (best for this recipe is farfalle or penne, I use penne)
2 cups of sliced mushroom (which ever type you like but preferably the button type)
2 cups of green peas
2 cloves of garlic bruised
1/2 a cup of chopped flat leaves parsley
180 - 200 ml of low fat cooking cream
Some extra virgin olive oil
Some ground black pepper and salt for seasoning

Method
In a salted rolling boiling water, add the pasta and time according to the cooking time.  Remember, pasta should be al-dente or slightly chewy, not soft.
In a skillet/pan, heat about 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
Add the garlic to the pan and saute the garlic until fragrance but be careful not to burn it


Add in the mushroom and stir until soft
Add in the peas and season with a bit of ground black pepper
Stir for about a minute or two, then add in the cream
Continue stirring occasionally until bubbling



Season with salt and pepper and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
Finally add in the chopped fresh parsley.
When the pasta is cooked to al dente, drain the water and pour the cooked pasta into the pan/skillet of sauce.
Add the parmesan cheese and mix well.
Serve immediately


Buon Apettito and enjoy your pasta!

33 comments:

  1. I can truthfully say that this pasta sauce is one of the best I've ever tasted. I've cooked this for years - recipe from a Roman friend of mine who's an amazing cook.

    Hear! Hear! The older I am, the harder it is to shift the weight. I think it's very much an Asian (or perhaps Italian) way of thinking. Any form of socializing involves food.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think mostly it is the Asian way of thinking, LOL! My husband likes to make fun of us the Asian community here, that we are able to make a simple picnic into a huge 'makan' (eating) session! Bless the food... :)

      Delete
  2. please, who doesn't like food? I've been cooking and baking most of the day, and what a lovely day it was! I love it. great post!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Wow, now I wish I was your neighbour! ;D

      Delete
  3. thanks for the lovely comment. this food looks amazing mmmmmm
    www.frankvinyl.com
    www.frankvinyl.com

    ReplyDelete
  4. This is great - fast and easy! Thanks for sharing!

    xo Jo

    http://www.whiterosesandcoffee.com/

    ReplyDelete
  5. This dish looks delicious! I adore mushrooms!
    Kisses from Miami and wish you a lovely weekend!
    Borka
    www.chicfashionworld.com

    ReplyDelete
  6. I love mushrooms so much so this will be a perfect meal for me:)

    Kisses, Lucy :)
    stylewithoutlimits.blogspot.cz

    ReplyDelete
  7. You're mixing in a bunch of my fave individual foods so I know this has got to be good - thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I'm a complete foodie too, and like you, food is top on the priority list while traveling! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe, Mrs. C!
    Love
    Juneli from Fashionably Yours

    ReplyDelete
  9. Looks delicious - you are making me hungry!

    Melissah

    ReplyDelete
  10. wow! Mrs. Jack of all trades is right! This looks amazing!

    -liv
    http://chocolivlovelaugh.blogspot.kr/

    ReplyDelete
  11. I'm going to make this this week insh. Thank you! And would love some out n about pics from Dubai :) maybe marina or around jumeirah beach walk or anywhere!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Insh, I'll try to remember to bring my camera when we are out. Hope you'll love the recipe, P!

      Delete
  12. all this looks so delicious :)

    <3

    http://elzanapjevic.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  13. omg looks very delicious!Need to try it <3 I love pasta in all the ways:) and this looks really amazing!Well done hun!Love your blog,its really interesting,full of style and more , so inspirational!Im following you now dear,love your blog!Hope you can check mine and follow back <3 kisses!

    ReplyDelete
  14. that looks delicious yet simple

    http://anonyme-missjay.blogspot.com/2013/01/long-long-time.html

    ReplyDelete
  15. Mmmmmm....looks so yummy! I love pasta, so this is one recipe I'd like to try. Thank you so much for your sweet comment. It lifted my spirits and brought a smile to my face. My fellow bloggers are helping me cope and I'm so grateful that women like you, care :)

    Sylvia
    www.sylvialovespink.com

    ReplyDelete
  16. Heey, you have an awesome blog.
    Would you like to follow each other? :)

    xx BBella
    justyled.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  17. This looks divine, I am going to try it out for dinner tomorrow. It's freezing here at the moment so a lovely big bowl of pasta is just what the doctor ordered!! Yum! Thank you so much for your lovely comment, made my day :)


    http://monstermagpie.blogspot.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/magicmagpie666

    ReplyDelete
  18. Yay Foodie Weekend is BACK & in a huge way.....this pasta sure looks so yummy Mrs. C!!!!

    REBECCA
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

    ReplyDelete
  19. yummy...it seems great...
    www.theprincessgown.com

    ReplyDelete
  20. Buonissima pasta! Baci Lucy www.tpinkcarpet.com

    ReplyDelete
  21. as it is all delicious! and very beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Yay for foodie weekend|! Love this post and this pasta dish; though it's making me crave pasta at 10am LOL!

    SDMxx
    www.daringcoco.com

    ReplyDelete
  23. Yummm, this looks delicious and doable as I never find pasta dishes too intimidating! I hope you had a great weekend!

    xx Kelly

    www.momwifebosslife.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  24. Yummm, my mouth is watering! I just love anything with pasta, peas and mushrooms! Looks delicious!

    xo Jenny
    www.crazystylelove.com

    ReplyDelete
  25. Wow this pasta looks (and sounds) delicious! Thanks for posting this recipe! I'm definitely going to try it:)!

    ReplyDelete
  26. This looks amazing. I'm actually on the lookout for a good pasta recipe as I promised my family to cook pasta for them. This looks good, so definitely added to my favourites!


    xo
    Angie (www.sundaybelle.com)

    ReplyDelete

Say your thoughts!