Thursday, February 26, 2009

Paglia E Fieno Alla Papalina

First, let me start by apologizing to the late Pope Pius XII and to Italians everywhere. This is not really Straw and Hay for the Pope. This is only hay (egg fettuccini) because there is a certain small town in Arkansas where you can not find straw (spinach fettuccini). I know. It's a shame, isn't it? I think I'll write my congressman. But first, here's a great recipe for those Friday dinners during Lent.

Straw and Hay for the Pope (original recipe from Nancy Berzinac's gift book, Pasta Favorites)

1 (9 oz) package fresh spinach fettuccine
1 (9 oz) package fresh egg fettuccine
1/2 butter, divided
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup (about 1/4 lb) sliced mushrooms
1 (10 oz) package frozen baby peas, thawed
1 cup julienned prosciutto or ham (opt out if your abstaining from meat)
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 grated Parmesan cheese

In a medium sauce pan, bring cream, 1/4 cup butter and pepper to a simmer (I add a little garlic powder).
Cook fettuccine according to package directions. Drain and keep warm.
Melt remaining 1/4 cup butter over low heat. Add onion and saute until soft. Increase heat to medium, add mushrooms and saute until tender. Add peas and proscuitto and saute another couple of minutes. Remove from heat and add to fettuccini. Add cream sauce to fettuccini, as well, and toss to combine.

P.S. Word is that before Eugenio Pacelli became pope, he requested a dish similar to carbonara but a little lighter, and this is what he got. With all that butter and cream, I'm not sure if I would call it "light" but it is good!

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  1. The name sounds intimidating, but I see it's an easy recipe! Looks delicious.

  2. I am sorry to say that this is a dish that I would probably pass on, not a green pea kind a gal!!

  3. Oooh. That looks yummy! Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love anything with peas in it. This looks yummy, although Hubby is a bit anti-cream.

  5. I would like to try that...but without the peas, mushrooms, onions, and spinach fettuccine. :-D

  6. Looks yummy even if it is a heart attack on a plate!

  7. OK, don't hate me, but I have weird pregnancy aversions. And the picture of that pasta dish sort of turned my stomach. I swear, it's not you. It's the pasta.

  8. That looks like something my mother makes that I LOVE. Thanks!

  9. It looks super...but I gave up peas for lent so I'd have to leave those out.

  10. I am going to write this recipe down. Peas are one veggie that we will all eat and ham is one meat we will all eat. Perfect! I am so making this soon! Thanks for the recipe!

  11. I wish my family liked peas, that looks awesome!

  12. man I am so hungry right now I could eat that picture right off the screen. Yum!


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