Tagliatelles with Parmesan-Clove Emulsion

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Servings: 12


Ingredients:

Sauce:
6 whole cloves
2 garlic cloves
6 allspice berries
2 sprigs Italian flat leaf parsley
2 quarts chicken stock
1 pound butter
2 ounces (approx. 1/4 cup) extra virgin olive oil
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

Pasta:
2 pounds fresh tagliatelle pasta
20 slices bacon, cooked until crisp and minced
2 pounds Wisconsin Parmesan Cheese, finely grated and divided.
Wisconsin Parmesan Cheese shavings, optional
1 black truffle, thinly sliced*
1 cup chives, finely chopped
12 sprigs chervil for garnish

Cooking Directions:

Sauce:

Combine cloves, garlic, allspice and parsley in a cheesecloth sachet. Bruise spices and garlic to release flavor. Bring to boil with chicken broth. Boil for one hour, until reduced by half.

Remove herb sachet from broth. Place broth in a blender. Add butter and olive oil. Whip on high for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper.

Pasta:

Cook pasta al dente in boiling water. Drain. In a sauté pan, heat the pasta and bacon with 1/2 the sauce and 1/2 Parmesan cheese.

Final Preparation:

Divide the remaining sauce among 12 pasta bowls. Place 1/12 of the pasta-bacon mixture on top of the sauce. If desired, place Parmesan Cheese shavings on the sauce. Top each with portion of remaining grated Parmesan Cheese, truffle slices, chives and chervil. Serve immediately.

*Or, substitute truffle oil and drizzle over each serving.

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And ..... the home cook just happens to have 1 black truffle around???
Reviewed on 6/28/2011 by kldudek