Sometimes I have a grand plan to blog about a particular food item/concoction prior to its actual creation in the Nest Kitchen. And sometimes I make (or revisit) something so incredible, something that makes me so happy, something that, in its various incarnations, has pleased so many friends, that I realize, as I cross my eyes in sheer glee at the first forkful, that this is Seriously Something That Requires A Tribute. (And, apparently Something That Requires a Really Long Post Title.)
- Pasta in (heavily) salted, boiling water. This time I used just a half-pound of pasta, and went for the dark horse candidate… shells (a fact to which we will return shortly).
- Pancetta– I prefer it thinly sliced and then roughly chopped from there– and some portobellos hissing away in a really big pan with a little bit of olive oil, over medium-low heat. I skipped the garlic this last time and sort of loved the milder result.
- One whole egg and two egg yolks, a hefty splash of cream, as much parmigiano as I felt like grating (it ended up looking something like 1/2 cup), black pepper, and– in a surprise move– a little red pepper flake, all whisked together in a bowl.