Grown Up Alphabet Pasta

Recipe courtesy Chuck Hughes
Show: Chuck's Day Off Episode: The Upstairs Neighbor
TOTAL TIME: 30 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 20 min
 
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons or a good nub butter, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • 2 cups dried alphabet pasta
  • 3 cups chicken stock, plus more as needed
  • 1 cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 good handful fresh parsley, chopped
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Directions

Melt the butter over high heat in a saucepan. Add the shallot and cook, stirring often, until golden brown, about 6 to 8 minutes. Cook's Note: Be attentive to this. You don't want any brown crispy shallot edges.

Reduce the heat to medium, and add 2 tablespoons butter along with the alphabet pasta. Cook, stirring often, until the pasta is coated in the butter and is light and golden, about 2 minutes.

Add 1 cup chicken stock, and bring everything to a boil. Let the liquid get incorporated, then once absorbed add another 2 cups or more stock about a cup at a time. Continue boiling, stirring all the while, until the pasta absorbs the stock, about 10 minutes. If the mixture becomes too thick before the pasta finishes, pour in a little more stock or water.

Stir in the grated Parmesan, salt and pepper to taste.

Check the pasta's consistency, and add more stock, if needed. Cook's Note: You are looking for a slightly loose consistency with the pasta having a bit of a bite in its center.

Fold in the chopped parsley, and add a bit more salt and pepper, if needed.

Transfer the pasta to warm shallow soup bowls alongside Fried Chicken.

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  • on January 19, 2012

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    This is a wonderful dish, very simple to prepare. Its buttery, and warm, and hard to stop eating. Not only is it for grownups, but my kids loved it too. Thanks Chuck!

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