Pappardelle with Peas and Bacon

Pappardelle with Peas and Bacon
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    Servings
    2 people
    Servings
    2 people
    Pappardelle with Peas and Bacon
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      Servings
      2 people
      Servings
      2 people
      Ingredients
      Servings: people
      Instructions
      1. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a gentle boil.
      2. Meanwhile, heat a medium skillet over medium heat and cook bacon until crisp-tender. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel lined dish reserving a tablespoon of bacon fat in the pan.
      3. Add pasta to boiling water and cook according to package directions. Drain pasta, reserving a cup of hot pasta water.
      4. Heat remaining bacon fat over medium-low heat and add garlic. Sauté for 1-2 minutes until starting to soften but not brown.
      5. Stir in cream, peas and salt. Heat to a full simmer and allow to reduce for 1 minute.
      6. Reduce heat to low and stir in pasta, reserved bacon, parmesan cheese and parsley and toss until combined and creamy. Add a small amount of hot pasta water as needed to bring everything together. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
      7. Serve immediately with additional parmesan cheese.
      Recipe Notes

      -Linguini, fettucini and penne rigate work well in this recipe if pappardelle is not available.  Simply substitute your favourite using the same quantity size as stated in the recipe.

      -Fresh summer peas are optimal in this recipe if you have them.  Simmer your fresh peas in lightly salted water for 6-7 minutes until just tender and add at the end with the parmesan cheese

      Tuna Noodle Casserole

      Baked golden Tuna Noodle Casserole in a yellow serving dish on a wooden trivet.
      Tuna Noodle Casserole
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        Servings Prep Time
        6-8 people 30-35 minutes
        Cook Time
        35-40 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        6-8 people 30-35 minutes
        Cook Time
        35-40 minutes
        Baked golden Tuna Noodle Casserole in a yellow serving dish on a wooden trivet.
        Tuna Noodle Casserole
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          Servings Prep Time
          6-8 people 30-35 minutes
          Cook Time
          35-40 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          6-8 people 30-35 minutes
          Cook Time
          35-40 minutes
          Ingredients
          Servings: people
          Instructions
          1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
          2. Cook noodles for slightly less time than package instructions so they are al dente (firm to the bite). Drain well.
          3. While noodles are cooking, melt the 1/4 cup of butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour until combined. Slowly add a cup of hot milk whisking constantly until the mixture is smooth and starts to bubble. Continue adding hot milk and whisking until all the milk has been added and the mixture is smooth. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, whisking often.
          4. Remove sauce from heat and whisk in mushroom soup, 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Stir in half of the cheddar cheese, tuna, and peas until combined. Add drained noodles and stir to evenly coat.
          5. Spray a 9"x13" casserole dish with non-stick spray and pour casserole into the dish, spreading out evenly. Top with remaining cheddar cheese.
          6. Stir together breadcrumbs, melted butter, parsley and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Spread evenly over casserole and bake on the centre rack for 35-40 minutes until bubbly and the top is golden. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

          Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry

          A scoop of Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry from a green casserole dish with serving bowls in the background.
          Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry
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            Servings Prep Time
            6-8 people 35-40 minutes
            Cook Time
            30-35 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            6-8 people 35-40 minutes
            Cook Time
            30-35 minutes
            A scoop of Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry from a green casserole dish with serving bowls in the background.
            Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry
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              Servings Prep Time
              6-8 people 35-40 minutes
              Cook Time
              30-35 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              6-8 people 35-40 minutes
              Cook Time
              30-35 minutes
              Ingredients
              Servings: people
              Instructions
              1. Melt butter in a large pot or Dutch oven until foamy. Stir in carrots, celery and diced onions (add pearl onions with potatoes). Sauté for 5 minutes until starting to soften.
              2. Sprinkle in flour and stir to coat all the vegetables. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring often.
              3. Over medium heat, slowly add one cup of hot chicken broth stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil (mixture will be very thick).
              4. Add another cup of broth and stir until smooth and the mixture comes to a simmer. Repeat with remaining broth.
              5. Reduce heat to low and add potatoes, herbs, salt and pepper. Simmer, partially covered for 10-12 minutes until potatoes are almost tender (this will depend on the size of your diced potatoes).
              6. Stir turkey and peas into the stew and adjust to taste with salt and pepper. Pour mixture into a greased 12"x8" or 2-quart equivalent casserole dish.
              7. Preheat oven to 400°F.
              8. Meanwhile prep the puff pastry dough if you have purchased unrolled. Dust your work surface with flour and roll pastry into a rectangle large enough to fully cover your casserole dish. Dough should be about 1/8" thick.
              9. Drape rolled puff pastry over the casserole, tuck in the corners and edges but allow the pastry to come up the sides a little (this helps prevent the sauce from bubbling up over the pastry).
              10. Cut 6-8 slits in the puff pastry to allow steam to escape.
              11. Whisk egg and cream together in a small bowl and brush evenly over puff pastry.
              12. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden and pastry is cooked through. Remove from oven and serve immediately.
              Recipe Notes

              -It's important to use hot chicken or turkey broth.  Pouring cold liquid into the hot flour mixture will cause the flour to congeal and you will have lumps in your sauce.  Using hot broth maintains a steady temperature of the mixture allowing all flour particles to become incorporated before the flour cooks.

              -Flour does not reach its full thickening capacity until it comes to a full boil.

              -Use pre-rolled puff pastry dough for more convenience.

               

              One Pot Turkey Mushroom Pasta

              One Pot Turkey Mushroom Pasta
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                Servings Prep Time
                4 people 20 minutes
                Cook Time
                25 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                4 people 20 minutes
                Cook Time
                25 minutes
                One Pot Turkey Mushroom Pasta
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  4 people 20 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  25 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  4 people 20 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  25 minutes
                  Instructions
                  1. In a large skillet heat oil over high heat. Add sliced mushrooms and allow to cook until golden on one side and moisture is starting to evaporate. Stir mushrooms and cook for an additional minute. Add chopped onion and garlic. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally until starting to soften, 3-5 minutes.
                  2. Add wine and stir to deglaze the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes until most of the wine has cooked out. Stir in 3 cups of chicken broth, pasta, thyme and parsley. Cover and cook for 10 minutes on low, stirring once.
                  3. Whisk cornstarch into remaining 1/4 cup of chicken broth. Stir into pasta and allow to come to a full simmer to reach full thickness. Stir in cream cheese, turkey, peas, salt and pepper. Allow to cook 1-2 minutes to heat turkey and peas. Serve immediately with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

                  Caraway Crusted Pork Pot Pie

                  Caraway Crusted Pork Pot Pie is braised pork shoulder and vegetables nestled beneath a flaky caraway pastry crust.
                  Caraway Crusted Pork Pot Pie
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                  Beer braised pork shoulder and vegetables nestled beneath a flaky caraway pastry crust.
                    Servings
                    6 people
                    Servings
                    6 people
                    Caraway Crusted Pork Pot Pie is braised pork shoulder and vegetables nestled beneath a flaky caraway pastry crust.
                    Caraway Crusted Pork Pot Pie
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                    Beer braised pork shoulder and vegetables nestled beneath a flaky caraway pastry crust.
                      Servings
                      6 people
                      Servings
                      6 people
                      Ingredients
                      Caraway Pastry
                      Pork Pot Pie
                      Servings: people
                      Instructions
                      Caraway Pastry
                      1. In a food processor bowl add flour, salt, baking powder, caraway seeds and butter. Pulse until the butter in broken down and crumbly. Add sour cream and pulse until just starting to pull away from sides. With processor running, add water and mix until just combined. Dump out dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap and form into a flat disc and wrap with plastic wrap. Mixture may still appear crumbly when dumping out onto plastic wrap, however once you start to form the dough it will start to come together. Chill for at least an hour, but can be done a day in advance. Let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes prior to rolling.
                      Pork Pot Pie
                      1. Heat a large heavy bottom dutch oven over medium high heat, add pancetta and cook until rendered and starting to crisp. With a slotted spoon remove pancetta to a paper towel lined plate, reserving fat in the dutch oven. Over high heat add half the pork, searing meat on all sides. Scoop out pork leaving the fat behind and set aside. Repeat with remaining pork.
                      2. Preheat oven to 350℉. Add enough butter to the existing fat to equal approximately 6 tbsp, add garlic and sauté for one minute over medium low heat. Add flour and stir to combine, cooking over medium heat until bubbling and starting to turn a light caramel colour. Stir in beer and whisk until smooth and bubbling. Whisk in chicken stock and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
                      3. Add pork, pancetta, mushrooms, bay leaf, sugar and pepper. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Add pearl onions, stir and continue to bake for an additional 30 minutes until pork is tender. Add potatoes, celery, carrots and dill. Bake for 20 minutes or until vegetable are just tender. Remove from oven and discard bay leaf. Stir in sour cream and peas and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Ladle a scant 1 1/2 cups into 6 ramekins or cocotte dishes.
                      4. Increase oven to 400℉. Roll out pastry to at least 1/8" thickness. Cut rounds slightly bigger than cocotte dish and lay each round on top of stew. Cut 4 slits in each pastry. Whisk egg with 1 tbsp of water and brush each pastry round with egg wash. Place cocotte dishes on a large baking sheet to catch any drips. Bake for approximately 25 minutes until golden. Serve immediately.
                      Recipe Notes

                      When adding the vegetables to the braise, remember to take pastry out of the fridge and allow to rest at room temperature for 20 minutes.

                      This pot pie can also be made in a 9"x13" pan if desired.

                      Any leftover pastry can be re-rolled very thin and cut into rounds or squares and baked on a parchment line baking sheet at 350℉ for 12-15 minutes for caraway crackers.