Monday, August 20, 2012

Another Quick Pasta Meal

Once again a day came along where I got home late, starving hungry after an hour on the climbing wall and needing sustenance to keep me awake at the cinema. Yet there was very little food in my cupboards. What to do? Make pasta of course! I had onion, a couple of slightly wrinkly peppers, butter and parmesan. Twenty minutes later and I had a delicious, relatively healthy meal (sure, it was full of butter, but peppers and onion are both vegetables, right?). Unfortunately I didn't write down the details of that meal immediately so here is an approximate recipe to make your life easier at the end of a long day.

Fettuccine with Caramelised Onions and Peppers

2 tablespoons butter
1 large brown onion, diced
2 orange or yellow bell peppers, diced
1 tablespoon brown sugar (optional)
Fettuccine for two people
2 more tablespoons butter
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (plus extra to sprinkle)

Set a pot of water to boil for the pasta, then in a large saucepan or frying pan melt the first measure of butter.  Add the onions and peppers and stir until the onion becomes soft and translucent. Then turn down the heat, sprinkle over the sugar and cover the pan. Let the onion and pepper cook like this for about 10 minutes or so (just let them cook until the pasta is done). Stir them every now and then and if they are getting brown or sticking at all turn the heat down further.

When the water boils add the pasta and cook it according to the packet directions. When it is done, tip it into a colander to drain and place the saucepan back on the stove. Add the second measure of butter and crush the garlic into it. When the butter has melted, remove it from the heat and add the cheese, then return the fettuccine to the pan and toss it about until it is all covered in butter.

Finally, take the peppers and onions from the heat and add them to the pasta. Combine the two well and then serve, with a sprinkle of extra parmesan.

1 comment:

  1. I am not a pepper fan, but my daughter is. She is a vegetarian, so this looks right up her ally!


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