Soup, salad and pasta, 176pp.
by Derek and Ursel Norman
Gallery Books, New York City, 1982
Cooking on page 132–33
This is one of the first cookbooks I bought when I came to Australia in 1982. I was drawn to it because of all three kinds of dishes mentioned in the title.
There are about 60 pages of each type and I have cooked from all three sections, but never on a page 32.
Page 32 had a cream soup recipe. It’s been super hot in Australia this month, and not really soup weather, so I moved on to a pasta dish on page 132. This dish is apparently named after the owner of a famous restaurant, Alfredo, in Rome.
I’ll come back and do page 32 later.
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
8 oz fettucce
Melt the butter is a small saucepan over a low heat, Don’t let it brown.
Off the heat add the cream and the grated Parmesan. Put back on the fire to heat the sauce through and melt the cheese. Do not boil, however, because of the fresh cream. Stir in the salt and pepper.
Cook the fettucce in plenty of boiling water (add salt when boiling) until al dente. Drain well.
Combine the noodles and the sauce and leave to stand, covered, for 2 minutes before serving.
Note: You can substitute fettuccine for fettucce. Homemade noodles are especially fine for this dish.
How it played out
I’m sheepish to admit that I’ve never heard of fettucce pasta. Put me out of my misery and say you haven’t either. I decided it wasn’t worth prowling the supermarkets for it and decided to use the pasta I had on hand—rigatoni. It’s a tubular pasta and I figured the sauce would nestle inside the holes.
I then followed the rest of the recipe. How could I not with such easy instructions. Served with a caesar salad garnished with a page-32 recipe for croutons (coming soon).
Such simple ingredients to produce a lovely quick meal that turned out fine with rigatoni. Poor John and I thought the balance of flavours was just right.
I almost always have these ingredients on hand so will add this to my list of go-to recipes for busy days.
Speaking of busy days, check out amazing walking we did at Uluru (Ayers Rock) in central Australia.