If you want longevity and to keep your nanny job after the kids start school, I have found cooking dinner for the family as a helpful skill to have. Preparing hot, fresh dinners gives the parents time to bond with their kids after arriving home from a long day of work, instead of worrying about what to make to eat. The family I work for love recipes from Emeril Lagasse. This quick and easy pasta dish can be found in
Emeril 20-40-60: Fresh Food Fast.
You Will Need:
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more
for the pasta water
1 pound fettuccine
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 cup thinly sliced shallot
1 tablespoon Emeril’s Original Essence
1 teaspoon minced garlic
8 ounces ham steak, diced (about 2 cups)
1 cup dozen green peas
2 cups heavy cream
1/4 chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for serving (optional)
Freshly ground black pepper, for serving (optional)
What to Do:
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook the fettuccine until al dente, about 12 minutes.
2. While the pasta is cooking, make the sauce: In a 12-inch or larger sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, shallot, Essence, and 1/2 teaspoon salt, and cook until the onions are translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic, ham, and peas and cook for 2 minutes longer. Increase the heat to high, add the cream, and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the cream thickens, about 5 minutes.
3. Drain the pasta in a colander, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water.
4. Add the drained pasta, 1/2 cup of the reserved cooking water, and the parsley and cheese to the sauce and cook, tossing constantly, until heated through and well combined, about 1 minute. If the mixture seems dry, add the raining cooking water, a little at a time, as needed.
5. Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the pasta mixture to a large serving bowl or to individual bowls. Sprinkle with additional cheese and black pepper if desired.
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