Saturday, 26 September 2015

Spaghetti Bonanza #sikandalouscuisine


I am a big fan of one dish meals and if it happens to be with pasta , even better - and if you get to mop up bits and ends sitting oin the fridge , what better - that's he bonanza in the bowl! Here is what I did with what I had in the fridge.
One Portion Spaghetti - Boil Al dente , strain and retain some liquid .
1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic
5-6 Whole Garlic Cloves ( Optional , I love garlic )
1 Teaspoon Coarsely Pounded Black Peppercorn.
1 Teaspoon Chili Flakes .
2 Rashers Bacon - Chop Large ( Had these leftover so used them , bacon gives a superb flavor ).
150 Grams Boneless Thigh Chicken 1" Pieces ( Again too little to use elsewhere so in the wok it went ).
10-12 Cherry Tomatoes - Cut in half / Use regular 1 tomato.
Lots of Basil Leaves.
Lots of Cheese - I used 3 Tablespoons Grated Parmesan .
These are all suggestions , go with what you have , bell peppers / mushrooms your canvas , paint it to suit your palate .
60 Ml Olive Oil.
Heat olive oil , add bacon if using , cook bacon for one minute , this releases bacon fat and flavoring which is delicious.Remove bacon , add black pepper , garlic and chicken to the fat / oil and cook covered on low 5-7 minutes , chicken will be nearly done . Now add back the bacon , chili flakes if using , tomatoes and half the basil and after one minute add spaghetti.

Add 2-3 tablespoons water you retained after boiling spaghetti , cook covered for 1-2 minutes for spaghetti to take in all the delicious flavors - you don't wish to overcook anything - look at the tomatoes in my photograph to get an idea.Turn the heat off , stir in cheese and balance basil leaves , allow pasta to sit covered for 3-4 minutes while you pour yourself a glass of white wine and Bon Appetit !


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