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Pasta Amore

If These Meals Could Talk - "Clodagh McKenna"

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For the pasta

  • 500g (1lb 3oz) bucatini, linguine, spaghetti or other long pasta shape
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 200g (7 oz) Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 100g (3½ oz) Pecorino cheese, finely grated
  • 8 slices Parma ham
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt

For the salad

  • To make the salad, place all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly.
  • Toss the leaves with a little of the dressing and serve.


For the pasta

  1. To make the pasta, bring a large pot of water to the boil. Season with salt and add the pasta. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. When pasta is cooked, drain, reserving a cup of the pasta cooking water.
  3. Over a medium heat, melt 2 tbsp butter in a large frying pan.
  4. Add the pepper and cook for a minute, swirling the pan.
  5. Add half of the reserved pasta cooking water and bring to a simmer.
  6. Stir in the drained pasta and the remaining butter.
  7. Reduce the heat to low and add the grated Parmesan.
  8. Stir and toss the cheese with the pasta using tongs.
  9. When the cheese has melted, add the grated Pecorino, stirring and tossing again until the cheese melts.
  10. The pasta will now be coated with the sauce.
  11. Cut the Parma ham into slices, crisp them in a hot pan with the oil and add to the sauce.
  12. Serve with an extra grating of cheese.