Friday, August 8, 2014

Lemon Basil Fettuccine and Beer Pairing: Dogfish Head Namaste



I love pasta. More than anyone should love pasta. It is an easy meal that is even better the next day or two after all of the flavors have married together become more familiar with each other. Pappardelles Pasta is some of my favorite out there. They are a small company that creates wonderfully flavored fresh pasta that is then dried and distributed nationally to small vendors and farmers markets. They even have an online shop so no excuses if you can't find a decent farmers market to explore. Pappardelles does not use do not use preservatives or unnatural flavorings in their pasta and all of their pasta is made by hand, using the finest-quality ingredients available and following traditional methods of production.

OK enough of my infomercial for Pappardelles. :) Onto the recipe for my fool-proof meal.

Ingredients:

Lemon Basil Fettuccine (Use regular pasta is that is all you can find)
1 fresh lemon
2 cloves garlic
1 cup dry white wine
4 oz goat cheese (Or grate any hard cheese you have on hand. I have also used parmesan-reggiano)
1/2 stick butter
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 tbs capers
1 container sliced portabella mushrooms
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts

First I grill the chicken on my stove top grill pan. It is way too hot in Texas to be grilling outside in August. I usually just brush the chicken with evoo and garlic powder. 

Next I make my sauce. Swirl your pan with olive oil and roast chopped garlic cloves just about 1 minute to release flavors. Then add wine until boiling, then add juice of one lemon, butter, cheese, and capers. Cook for about 10 minutes. While that is cooking boil your pasta for about 8 minutes. 

Now I saute my mushrooms with a little olive oil, small amount of butter, garlic, salt and pepper until done. 

Now drain pasta and transfer to large bowl or serving platter. Add pasta, top with sauce, mushrooms, and slice your grilled chicken. Top with a little extra parmesan cheese and lemon zest. Enjoy!


BEER PAIRING:

Dogfish Head always seems to make an appearance in our house. Namaste is one of our favorites. It is a Belgian-style white that is made with dried organic orange slices, fresh-cut lemongrass and a small amount of coriander.





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