Grown Up Alphabet Pasta

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

1 to 2 tablespoons or a good nub butter, plus 2 tablespoons

1 large shallot, chopped

2 cups dried alphabet pasta

3 cups chicken stock, plus more as needed

1 cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon coarse salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 good handful fresh parsley, chopped

Directions

  1. Melt the butter over high heat in a saucepan. Add the shallot and cook, stirring often, until golden brown, about 6 to 8 minutes. Cook's Note: Be attentive to this. You don't want any brown crispy shallot edges.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium, and add 2 tablespoons butter along with the alphabet pasta. Cook, stirring often, until the pasta is coated in the butter and is light and golden, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add 1 cup chicken stock, and bring everything to a boil. Let the liquid get incorporated, then once absorbed add another 2 cups or more stock about a cup at a time. Continue boiling, stirring all the while, until the pasta absorbs the stock, about 10 minutes. If the mixture becomes too thick before the pasta finishes, pour in a little more stock or water.
  4. Stir in the grated Parmesan, salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Check the pasta's consistency, and add more stock, if needed. Cook's Note: You are looking for a slightly loose consistency with the pasta having a bit of a bite in its center.
  6. Fold in the chopped parsley, and add a bit more salt and pepper, if needed.
  7. Transfer the pasta to warm shallow soup bowls alongside Fried Chicken.

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