Will wonders never cease? This is the fourth French Friday dish in a row that’s received compliments from my other half. Yes, Bill approved again. This creamy Pasta “Risotto” is a simple, delectable mac and cheese…with its name derived from the method of cooking, not the ingredients. No worries, though…this unprecedented record will end soon as Moules Marinière is up in a couple weeks…and bivalves are on his “will not pass my lips” list.
Much speedier than the classic risotto made with rice, but with the same creamy flavor coming from the addition of butter, heavy cream and mascarpone cheese. Finely chopped onions were sauteed in butter before adding chicken broth and tubetti (small, short tubes) and cooked till most of the stock was absorbed. The cream, mascarpone and Parmesan cheese were added at the end to boost the mouth feel and flavor. Sounds marvelous, doesn’t it? Dorie, as usual, had a couple bonne idées, or alternatives, such as using elbow macaroni and beef broth or the addition of dried mushrooms, thyme or rosemary, black truffle peelings or crushed black peppercorns. I would have jumped on the mushroom and herb band wagon, but then the record would have stopped at only 3 Bill approved recipes in a row. I jazzed mine up with a sprinkling of minced parsley and red bell pepper…not exactly truffles, sigh. Who wants to place a wager on next Friday’s Baked Apples?