Thursday, March 7, 2013

Linguine al Limone

Linguine al Limone
(Lemon Linguine)
serves 4 to 8
Parmesan cheese and the subtle, bright flavour of lemon combine in this dish to transport the diner to the sunny slops of the Amalfi coast.
                                                                                  Prep time:  3 minutes
                                                                                  Cook time:  10 minutes
                                                                                  Total time: 10 minutes

2 pounds linguine
2 egg yolks
2/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1 lemon, zested
 juice of ½ lemon, plus more juice, to taste
Kosher or sea salt, to taste, to taste
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
2 to 3 tablespoons roughly chopped parsley leaves


prepare the linguine:

Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil and cook the linguine according to package directions until al dente, about 8 to 10 minutes.

 prepare the sauce:

When the linguine has been cooking for about 5 minutes you can begin the sauce.  In a medium size bowl whisk the egg yolks until they turn a pale yellow and frothy.  Whisk in the cream, Parmesan, and lemon zest.  When they are incorporated, add ½ of the lemon juice, taste the sauce and add more lemon if you desire and some salt if needed.

bring it all together:

Once you are satisfied that the Linguine is al dente, reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water and drain the pasta.  Toss the cooked pasta back into the still warm pot, which you have taken off the heat.  Add the butter and toss to melt and coat the linguine with it.  Add the lemon/egg sauce and again toss to coat the pasta, if the pasta looks too tight (dry) slowly add a little of the reserved pasta cooking water, about a tablespoon at a time, we don’t want to much liquid.


Divide the pasta amongst 4 service plates and garnish each with some of the chopped parsley as both a garnish and as a flavouring, not too much as we don’t want to overwhelm the subtle flavour of the lemon sauce.

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