Welcome to My Kitchen

My personal blog and an account of my adventures in the kitchen. I am a stay at home mum of my two youngest kids, both teenagers. I have four adult children and four grandchildren with one on the way. We live in country NSW, Australia and we love our country life.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Penne Julie

This is named in honour of my big sister Julie, as I first made it on her birthday on April 10th last year.  We had been down to Yarrawonga, on the NSW/Victorian border to spend time with Phill who was working away down there.  One night the kids and I went to an Italian restaurant and I had this amazing pasta dish which they called Pasta Paglia.  When I Googled it "Paglia" was nothing like what I had eaten and I set about trying to recreate the recipe.  The restaurant would give me the basic ingredients but not the exact recipe, which is understandable, so this is really my own recipe.  I am still tweaking it but this is how I made it last night.

300g penne pasta
200g shortcut bacon, chopped
4 large button mushrooms, chopped
20g butter
4 cloves garlic, crushed (we love garlic, adjust to suit your taste)
1/3 cup dry white wine
good handful fresh basil, shredded
1 tin tomato puree
2/3 cup cream (I prefer Bulla Cooking Cream)
2 eschallots or 1 small onion, chopped
Cook bacon in a non stick frying pan for 3 to 4 minutes, it doesn't need to be crispy, add butter, then eschallots and garlic and cook for 2 minutes.  Add mushrooms and cook until softened, about 3-4 minutes, stirring.
Add wine and increase the heat till wine evaporates. 
Add tomato puree, bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer till the sauce thickens, season with salt and pepper, add cream and heat through, add basil and serve over cooked penne.
Top with grated parmigiano reggiano cheese.
Serves 4.