Thursday, April 14, 2016

Fettuccine Alla Panna

     I am completely afraid of the dentist.  It is not rational, I know.  It is not that I am actually afraid of the person.  Frankly, I am afraid of the noise.  And the potential pain even though the entire side of my face is totally numb.  I have a very good dentist and I think that somewhere in my file, it probably states that I am a total nut case and to tread lightly.

    So even though the side of my face was numb, I was in need of comfort food yesterday afternoon.  In every Italian restaurant in Germany, there was always Tortellini Alla Panna on the menu.  It is a very simple dish:  pasta, butter, cream, Parmesan and Prosciutto.  With ingredients such as these, it is obvious that the dish is absolutely delicious.  While I did not have tortellini, I did remember that I had fettuccine in the refrigerator.  With already cooked pasta, the dish took all of 5 minutes to create.  While I must have looked ridiculous eating from one side of my mouth, it did make me feel a whole lot better.

     No worries about a definitive recipe.  Here is what you do.  Melt about a teaspoon of butter in a sauce pan.  When it is melted, add a few strips of prosciutto and swirl in the butter.  Pour in about 1/2 cup of cream and as much grated Parmesan as you want.  Bring just a boil.  Add the cooked pasta and cook for a minute or two.  Place in a warmed bowl, top with additional Parmesan and pour yourself a glass of red wine.


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