I’m working this weekend. To be brutally honest, I don’t like giving up my weekends. We sometimes take the opportunity to visit friends or, with a toddler that doesn’t much enjoy long car journeys, more often just spend time together as a family. Lazy Saturday mornings walking by the river or shopping in the Grainger Market and a family lunch; when Jessica takes her nap we read the papers, watch some sport, and I prepare dinner.
However people admitted to hospital at a weekend deserve the same level of care as those admitted during the ‘working’ week. Its not their fault they became ill on a Saturday or Sunday. So off to work I go, reasonably willingly, and in truth I always enjoy it when I’m there (especially today when I worked alongside an old friend).
A working weekend means a quick and easy supper. I found this recipe in an old book a few months ago (as part of Dom from Belleau Kitchen’s December Random Recipe challenge). I made the recipe (with chorizo rather than the original italian sausage) and even took a rather mediocre overhead photograph but didn’t got round to posting it before the end of the month. It was surprisingly tasty and as its a bit of a store cupboard recipe I rustled it up again tonight. Crispy chorizo, creamy mushrooms, to me they weren’t an obvious pairing, but I was pleasantly surprised. Tomorrow we’ll probably be reduced to cheese on toast, but tonight we feasted.
- 250g pasta (recipe said penne, I used conchiglie)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- ½ onion, chopped
- 250g mushrooms, sliced
- 120g chorizo, cut into small cubes
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- 2 fl oz (~60ml) dry white wine
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsely
- 4 fl oz (~125ml) double cream
- Cook the pasta in boiling water until al dente. Drain and place in a heated bowl.
- Heat olive oil in a saute pan & gently fry the chopped onion until soft.
- Add mushrooms, chorizo & garlic & fry for a couple of minutes.
- Add white wine & parsley & cook until liquid is reduced by half.
- Reduce heat, add cream and warm gently.
- Serve over or toss with pasta.