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Summer pasta - The Lyorn's Den

Tue Jun. 25th, 2013

02:28 pm - Summer pasta

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N___ asked for the recipe, so here it is:

Spaghetti with sage and lemon sauce

I did this with added chicken breast, but the basic recipe is without.

For 4 people, boil 500g of spaghetti. While they do, clean a good amount of sage leaves (two double handfuls, if you have it), slice the large leaves lengthwise, leave the small ones as they are. Grate the peel off two lemons and press the juice from them. Sieve to remove the seeds.

Drain the pasta, put them in the serving bowl and mix with a tablespoon or so of good olive oil and the grated lemon peel. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Wipe the inside of the pot dry. Put back on stove. Throw in a handful of sunflower seeds and roast dry until they just start to brown, then add a good amount of butter (40 grams or so), when it's melted and sizzling, add the sage (do not stir), when it shrinks (about 20 seconds or so) the lemon juice. Add a teaspoon of sugar if you like, reduce a little (this takes less then half a minute), then pour it hot on the pasta and serve.

If you want chicken breast with it, slice it. Melt the butter first, then put in sunflower seeds and chicken breast, when it's done all around, the sage, then the juice. You might have to add a little more water. It will feed five (instead of four).

You can also crumble some sheep's' cheese, mix it in a bowl with a little bit of pepper, olive oil, and a tablespoon of lemon juice, and put it on the table for people to serve themselves.

Or go the classic route of parmesan shavings, or grated Gruyere.

You could also take a bunch of sardines from a tin, drain the oil, rip them apart with two forks, drip lemon juice on them, and serve them with the pasta.

Sliced black olives also make a good add-on for those who like it. Take care to get real black olives, not coloured green ones.

If you feel playful, try replacing one of the lemons with an orange, or the sunflower seeds with pine seeds, chopped walnuts, or chopped or sliced almonds.

If you want to keep portion sizes, adding
- 200 to 250 grams of chicken breast, OR
- 100 to 150 grams of sheep's' cheese, OR
- 80 to 120 grams of sardines
will make this serve five instead of four.

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