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June 11, 2013

Indulge, but eschew gluttony

(Continued)

Chicken

Carbonara   

2 teaspoons olive oil

4 ounces thinly sliced pancetta, chopped

2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 1/2 cups whipping cream

1 cup freshly grated Parmesan

8 large egg yolks

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves

1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves

Salt

1 pound spaghetti

4 cups coarsely shredded chicken (from 1 roasted chicken)

Freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel


Heat the oil in a heavy large frying pan over medium heat. Add the pancetta and garlic and saute until it is brown and crisp, about 8 minutes. Cool slightly.

In a large bowl, whisk together the cream, cheese, yolks, basil, and parsley to blend.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the spaghetti and cook until it is just tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Drain.

Add the chicken to the pan with the pancetta and stir to combine. Next, add the spaghetti and the cream mixture and toss over medium-low heat until the chicken is heated through and the sauce coats the spaghetti thickly, about 4 minutes (do not boil or you might end up scrambling the eggs). Season the pasta, to taste, with pepper and salt if needed.  Transfer the pasta to a large wide serving bowl. Sprinkle the walnuts and lemon zest over, and serve. (This makes a lot and is hard to reheat due to the creamy egg-based sauce. You could turn it into a frittata or a casserole, if you have lots of leftovers.)

Chocolate Pizza

1 pound purchased pizza dough

2 teaspoons butter, melted

1/4 cup Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread)

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

2 tablespoons milk chocolate chips

2 tablespoons white chocolate chips

2 tablespoons chopped hazelnuts, toasted

Position the oven rack on the bottom of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees.

Line a heavy large baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out the dough to a 9-inch-diameter round. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet. Using your fingers, make indentations all over the dough. Brush the dough with butter, then bake until the crust is crisp and pale golden brown, about 20 minutes. Immediately spread the chocolate-hazelnut spread over the pizza then sprinkle all the chocolate chips over. Bake just until the chocolate begins to melt, about 1 minute. Sprinkle the hazelnuts over the pizza. Cut into wedges and serve.

Source for all recipes: Giada De Laurentis, www.foodnetwork.com.

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