Shrimp Angel Hair Pasta With Cream Sauce (海虾白酱意大利天使面)

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INTRODUCTION

Me and my wife was having dinner in an Italian restaurants with our friends.. Though we are not really happy with the other dishes that we ordered, but we are generally pleased with the angel hair pasta in carbonara sauce.

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It definitely did not look delish but it was tasty with a slightly different texture will the normal pasta. I told my wife that I will replicate the pasta and that is the reason of this post.

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As per Wikipedia,

“Capellini (Italian pronunciation: [kapelˈliːni], literally “thin hair”) with its diameter between 0.85 mm and 0.92 mm is a very thin variety of Italian pasta. Like spaghetti, it is rod-shaped, in the form of long strands. Capelli d’angelo ([kaˈpelli ˈdandʒelo], literally angel hair — hence, “angel hair pasta” in English) with a diameter between 0.78 and 0.88 mm is an even thinner variant of capellini. They are often sold in a nest-like shape. Capelli d’angelo has been popular in Italy since at least the 14th century. As a very light pasta, it goes well in soups or as “pasta asciutta” with a seafood or other light sauces.”  (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capellini)

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As I can’t get the nested like Capelli d’angelo or angel hair pasta,  I have used the capellini instead. 

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As for the sauce, it is my own creation and taste like a combination of béchamel (white sauce) and carbonara sauce…. Since I can’t find a relevant name for my own sauce, I have decided to use the common name “cream sauce”.

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WHAT IS REQUIRED

Servings: 2 adults

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  • 150 grams of angel hair pasta or capellini
  • 1/2 cup of cooking cream or double cream
  • 3 cloves of garlic , minced
  • 10 canned or fresh button mushrooms, sliced into thin pieces
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil or cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano or Italian mixed herbs
  • 6-8 prawns, shelled
  • 3 pieces of hams, sliced into thin stripes
  • Dashes of black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 piece of chicken stock mixed with 1/2 cup of water or 1/2 cup of ready made chicken stock

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STEPS OF PREPARARTION

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  • Bring a large pot of water with some salt to boil. Add the pasta and cooked for about 10 minutes or until al dente , drained and set aside. It is best that you refer to the capellini packaging for cooking instructions.

  • In a pan, sauté the garlic with butter for 1-2 minutes (ensure that the garlic are not golden brown like oriental cooking) . Add the chicken stocks.

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  • Add in the cut mushrooms, cooking cream and prawns. Let it simmer until the prawns are cooked and become pink (about 2-3 minutes). Add in dashes of black pepper, oregano or Italian mixed herbs and salt to taste. Stir until well mix. Add in the drained pasta, toss until well mixed and the pasta is ready to be served. Can be garnished with additional Italian herbs or freshly chopped parsley.

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CONCLUSION

An easy recipe with great taste. If you never try angel hair pasta, do give it a try. It is less chewy due to its small diameter and it pairs well with white sauce.

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Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.

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What? Baked Your Rice? Yes, Try Carbonara Cheesy Bacon Baked Rice

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INTRODUCTION

The main staple food for Asians are rice. We have porridges, fried rice, plain white rice, steamed rice, braised rice ….. But we seldom have baked rice.

Bake is usually associated with oven which is rather uncommon to Asians until the last 5 decades (pardon me if I am wrong)….Baking rice is still something not really common especially in Malaysian and Singaporean Chinese household cooking. One could easily have baked rice especially in Portuguese restaurants particularly in Malacca, Malaysia and Macau SAR in Peoples Republic of China.

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Is baked rice nice? If you are a generation who get use to Western cuisines, I presumed you will concur with me that it is another good way of appreciating cooked rice! Children who are exposed to Western numerous fast food chains such as Kentucky, McDonalds, Pizza Huts etc. will definitely like this simple comfort food that is packed with milks and cheeses.

Creamy, cheesy and soft are the words to describe the textures of this baked rice.

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Of course there are many different types of baked rice, as an Asian, I will definitely prepare using ingredients that are well liked by the kids here.

This post is  about CARBONARA CHEESY BACON BAKED RICE. It is prepared using Carbonara sauce with lots of bacons, kernel corns, canned button mushrooms and etc.… In addition, sensing not many households may have a conventional oven, this recipe called for a mini oven that is movable .. Of course you can used an oven if you wish to!


WHAT IS REQUIRED

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  • 500 grams of cooked rice (overnight rice is acceptable)
  • 50 grams of bacon – small pieces
  • 100 grams of onion– chopped
  • 100 grams of canned button mushrooms – slices
  • 100 grams of canned creamy sweet corns
  • 30 grams of Japanese “crab meat” (optional)
  • 200 ml of cream + fresh milk (preferred 50% cream : 50% fresh milk)
  • 150 grams of mozzarella cheeses
  • 2 teaspoons of dried/fresh herbs (basil, dill, oregano etc.) (Optional)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil/butter

Note:

This is a good way to get rid of your overnight rice. Of course you can cook with fresh rice for the dish.

This is a dish with full flexibility, except rice, cream+milk and cheeses, almost other ingredients can be substituted.

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STEPS OF PREPARATION

  • Get ready an 8”x8” inches baking tin or any casserole that are able to withstand high heat.

  • Put the rice in a big mixing bowl and set aside for later use.

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  • In a sauce pan, put in the olive oil and bacon and stir fry until the bacon were fully fried and the aroma of bacon starts to emit.

  • Add in the chopped onion, stir fried until the onion is soft.

  • Add in 1 cup of water, add in chopped mushrooms, creamy sweet corns and bring to boil under medium heat.

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  • Once boiled, add in the cream and herbs and off the heat. Stir and mixed well.

  • Pour on top of the rice and use spoon to mix well.

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  • Transfer the well mixed rice to the baking tin. Add in more milk if possible.
  • Place in more creamy sweet corns or other side ingredients such as crab sticks if desired.

  • Sprinkled sparingly with mozzarella cheeses and more herbs.

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  • Bake the rice in the mini oven for about 30 minutes or until all the cheeses have become soft and melted. It should be noted all ingredients are cooked ingredients. Therefore, baking the rice is only to ensure that all the cheeses have melted and  speed up the process of sauces absorbed by the rice.

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VARIATIONS

Of course, if you want to cut short the preparation process, you can used the ready made carbonara sauces or cream of mushroom soup or cream of chicken soup. The end results will be equally tasty.

You can also substituted with fresh corns, baby corns, even Asian fish cake if your kids like it and anything that will wake up your families palates!

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CONCLUSION

An easy to make comfort food good when you runs out of time to cook a decent meal. It’s full flexibility make it easy to tailor your family taste buds. Try this way to get rid of your overnight rice.

Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day ahead.

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I am submitting this to Welcome To All My Bloggy Friends and Recipe of the Week.

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