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Truffle Pasta

Posted on 2008/09/14 14:11:41 (September 2008).

[Wednesday 10th September]
Having bought a whole 250 grams of truffles meant that we weren't going to be eating anything else this week. So tonight for dinner I knocked up some truffle pasta. The 250 grams translated to six truffles of varying size, all slightly bigger or slightly smaller than golf balls. Tonight I carefully nosed each of the five remaining specimens (having used one in a risotto the day before) and chose the best, on the basis that they lose their pungency in just a few days, so it was probably best to eat the prime specimens ASAP.

The result was particularly successful this evening - I used a slightly unusual and interesting pasta shape (fusilli lunghi bucati), managed to cook it to a perfect al dente, and then just added some olive oil, a little grated Twineham Grange cheese, and then the shaved truffle, and tossed it all together to give the truffle a chance to warm through but not cook (as that seems to quickly kill off the flavour).

Comment 1

CHEESE ON TRUFFLES!?!?!!? Oh well, maybe it was good, but generally we tend to avoid it here in Italy because it kills the flavour... :P You should try a TRUFFLE CARBONARA (without bacon, just the egg and some pepper)...

Posted by Lox at 2008/09/14 18:21:19.

Comment 2

Well these were English truffles (and for that matter an English cheese) so I didn't have to listen to you opinionated Italians for once! :P

Posted by John at 2008/09/14 23:02:45.

Comment 3

In the evening me anc Chiara had some Spinach Gnocchi with Parmesan Zabaione and Truffles! :D:D:D:D

Posted by Lox at 2008/09/15 07:57:34.

Comment 4

My ! Truffles here (in France) cost a fortune ! How much did you pay for them ? Are you a rich man, John ?

Posted by Sheri at 2008/09/23 12:36:04.

Comment 5

Sheri: I paid 45 pounds for 250 grams (quite a lot) of truffles. Compared to other truffles I've bought in the past that was relatively cheap. I suppose that is something like the equivalent of 225 Euros / Kilo at current exchange rates.

Posted by John at 2008/09/23 21:20:59.

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