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Can You Boil Water? Then You Can Make This Pasta Dish!
Missy Tippens (The Belle)
It's still Speedbo month, so I've been trying to make quick and easy meals. This one is PERFECT for busy times.
I found the recipe in a daily email that I get from Bon Appetite Magazine. I always check out the recipes and Pin the ones I'm interested in keeping. I actually get a LOT of foodie email newsletters. So if you're interested, you might want to check out my Pinterest Cooking and Recipes board. :)
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Adapted from Recipe at BonAppetit.com
(name of recipe means "cheese and pepper")
6 oz. pasta (I made a whole 12 ounce box of Angel Hair pasta but used only half the noodles)
3 Tbs. butter divided (the recipe said unsalted but I only had salted and it was fine)
1 tsp freshly ground pepper, coarsely ground (I didn't measure this, just winged it)
1-1.5 cups shredded parmesan (original recipe called for other cheeses I didn't have on hand--surprise, surprise) :)
Okay, now the hard part: Boil the pasta water! :) Once it boils, add the pasta noodles. Look at the package directions for the cooking time for al dente, and cook for two minutes less than that. DO NOT DRAIN THE COOKING WATER OFF UNTIL YOU HAVE RESERVED A MEASURING CUP FULL (2 CUPS).
While that's cooking, melt 2 Tbs. of the butter over medium heat. Start grinding that pepper. Swirl the pan to let the pepper "toast" for about a minute. I actually let mine go for longer, and it was fine. I like my butter to brown a bit for pasta.
DON'T FORGET TO SAVE THAT PASTA WATER! You need it now.
Add a ½ cup pasta water and let it simmer.
Add the drained noodles to the pan, along with the rest of the butter. The noodles will finish cooking in the pasta water.
Reduce heat to low and add the cheese, tossing with tongs until mixed. Add more pasta water as needed to make the right consistency. Using only parmesan made it rather thick, so by the time we were ready to eat, I ended up using most of the pasta water. It really does add a nice richness to the sauce.
We had frozen green beans with dinner--our favorite are the steam in the bag type (but I was out this time). I just added butter and kosher salt.
When I finished this pasta dish, I was blown away. It's so DELISH!! And so, so simple. The pasta was ready in probably 10 minutes (not counting time for the water to boil).