Venetian Pasta with Radicchio, Speck and Taleggio

 

Venetian Pasta with Radicchio,Speck and Asiago cheese
Venetian Pasta with Radicchio,Speck and Asiago cheese

Anyone who knows me, knows I’m OBSESSED WITH PASTA. But at the moment, I have a little problem. As well as cooking, I love 80/90s fashion and recently have acquired 2 pairs of vintage Moschino jeans to go back to 2 matching shirts. I literally love them. However, my little pasta belly is not allowing me to get the jeans on properly. Now, I never would give up pasta, but I’m going to have a pasta cull for a couple of months. That means I’m only going to have pasta at least twice a week until I get my running back on track and a slightly smaller pasta belly. (I eat pasta at least 4 times a week at the moment).  So the challenge is that I’m going to make sure that when I cook or eat pasta it has to be a new recipe from a different Italian region. No repeats allowed. It’s going to be hard as I think and dream about pasta often. But I will be so happy when I can get into my Moschino suit! Watch this space. Here is Venetian pasta with radicchio, speck and asiago cheese. A recipe inspired by the regions cooking and ingredients.

Equipment needed: large saucepan, large (deep) wide frying pan, cheese grater.

Ingredients

  • 300g Radicchio, outer leaves removed, chopped and cubed
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 200g Speck, (or smoked pancetta) diced
  • 100ml prosecco (or white wine)
  • 75g Asiago, grated
  • 250g Pappardelle (egg pasta)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper

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Directions

  1. In a frying pan, fry the onion and speck in a drizzle of olive oil for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the chopped radicchio into the pan
  3. Pour in the prosecco and a little water into the frying pan.
  4. Cook the vegetable and speck for 10-15 minutes.
  5. In a saucepan , bring water to the boil, season with salt and cook the pasta al dente (as instructed on the packet).
  6. Drain the pasta, and add to the frying pan with the other ingredients.
  7. Add the grated asiago cheese
  8. Mix all the ingredients well together. This will give the dish a creamy texture
  9. Serve up in a pasta bowl with more cheese!!!!

 

 

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