Pasta thermidor

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Pasta thermidor
Pasta thermidor
Servings:Serves 2
Calories per serving:1264
Ready in:30 minutes
Prep. time:20 minutes
Cook time:10 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:Chef
First published:22nd January 2013
Ready for the grill

Posh macaroni cheese!

This is such a great recipe that it is worth making your own pasta if you have the time. You don't need a special pasta cutter, just roll it out and slash it into strips. However, this will still be good with dried spaghetti or pasta.


Thermidor sauce

Ingredients

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Pasta

or

Mise en place

Method

pasta

  1. Add to lightly salted boiling water and boil:
  2. 3 to 5 minutes (fresh pasta)
  3. 7-10 minutes (dried spaghetti / thin pasta)
  4. 10-13 minutes (thicker pasta)
  5. There is a detailed list of pasta cooking times here.
  6. Drain well and add a dash of olive oil and mix well to prevent sticking

sauce

  1. Melt half of the butter in a pan and gently sauté the onions until translucent.
  2. Add the flour, mix into a roux and then gradually stir in the milk. Whisking will quickly remove any lumps.
  3. Add the parsley and tarragon.
  4. Mix in the sherry and spices, season to taste and adjust to your liking.
  5. Add the remaining butter and half of the cheese. Mix well.
  6. Mix in the cooked pasta. Spoon the mixture into a lightly greased baking tray.
  7. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and brown under the grill.

Variations

Add lots of Crushed garlic with the onions.

Chef's notes

If you are struggling to get hold of fresh tarragon, at a push you could add 1 heaped teaspoon of dried tarragon to a little boiled water, allow it to rehydrate, drain any liquid and then use, however, fresh is plainly better.

See also

Make your own pasta from scratch

A 2 minute step-by-step video showing how to make pasta dough from 2 eggs, 100g of flour and a food mixer.

The normal (non-Youtube) recipe for home-made pasta is here if you prefer.

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