01 July 2010
I have a confession to make. I am totally hooked on Korean dramas right now. The one that got me started on them all was one called "Pasta," a 20-episode series set in the kitchen of a fictional Italian restaurant in Seoul. After hours of watching the characters cook and eat plate after plate of spaghetti, linguine, and ramen, I developed a deep craving for wrapping my mouth around some well-twirled pasta of my own! So I took inspiration from a favorite family recipe that combines pasta, chicken, sauteed mushrooms, and broccoli in a delicate sauce. (This was one of the few dishes my mom made when I was growing up that had a name other than a mere descriptive title. We called this "Yum Yum" because it was, well, yummy. Rather an original name, eh?)
The combination of the main ingredients is pretty hard to beat, but to make the sauce extra flavorful, I decided to use some sweet Marsala wine. Then, to get the pasta and sauce to really meld together, I added the linguine--slightly undercooked--to the prepared Marsala sauce and finished cooking the pasta while tossing and coating it in the sauce.
While I do not endorse many of the kitchen practices portrayed in "Pasta" (e.g. sticking your fingers into the plated dish for a taste-test), I did pick up a couple of fun things to try out, one of them being a plating technique for long, twirl-able pasta. Basically, you pick up a whole serving of pasta strands on a large two-pronged fork and twirl the pasta into a nice mound and then place it, all neat and tidy, onto the serving plate. I think I still need some practice to get the same results everyone in the show was producing, but the learning curve shouldn't be too steep....
Anyways, I thoroughly enjoyed making and eating this dish, with the luscious linguine all coated with light Marsala sauce, and chunks of chicken, earthy sauteed mushrooms, and steamed green broccoli adding a variety of flavors, colors, and textures. I'm not gonna force you to love K-dramas, or to call this dish Yum Yum, but I do think you should at least try this pasta! Here's my recipe:
Linguine with Mushrooms, Chicken, and Broccoli
1/2 lb. linguine
1 lb. brown mushrooms, sliced 1/4-inch thick
2 Tbs. butter
1 Tbs. flour
1/2 cup Marsala wine
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup milk
1/3 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
2 large chicken breasts, poached in chicken broth and cut into pieces
1 head broccoli, cut into florets
salt and pepper to taste
handful Italian parsley, finely chopped
Cook linguine in salted boiling water until not quite al dente. While pasta cooks, saute sliced mushrooms in melted butter over high heat. Deglaze mushroom pan with Marsala, letting alcohol evaporate. Sprinkle pan with flour and whisk into the reducing wine, then add chicken broth, milk, and grated cheese, whisking and allowing to further reduce until a sauce forms.
Add linguine and stir to coat, continuing to cook the pasta until it is al dente, and adding pasta cooking water if too dry. Meanwhile, steam broccoli florets in salted water. Add broccoli and cubed chicken and stir to combine, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.
Posted by erica at 6:59 PM