When You’re Feeling Fancy [tagliarelle with truffle butter]

tagliarelle with truffle butter.
I’m no Fancy Nancy.
There’s nothing in my house so precious it can’t be trampled on by an invasion of small children, you can find me in yoga pants as often as possible, and I can’t be bothered to do my grocery shopping at the upscale local market all the time.
But I can eat Ina’s tagliarelle with truffle butter.
Mostly because I can get all the ingredients at my regular grocery store, and get the sauce made in the time it takes the pasta water to boil.
We whipped this up on Christmas Eve between an early pageant and a late service, and I inhaled it faster than humans should ever consume food, no matter what it is.  It is every bit as decadent and wonderful as its name might lead you to believe.
To make tagliarelle for two, you will need:
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 C heavy cream
  • 3 oz. white truffle butter (D’artagnan brand, which is what Ina uses on her show, is now sold in my regular chain grocery store, in the case with the organic meat)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 oz. tagliarelle dried pasta, or other egg fettucine
  • 3 T chopped, fresh chives
  • 3 oz. shaved Parmesan

Add 1 tablespoon salt to a large pot of water and bring to a boil.

Meanwhile, in a large (12-inch) saute pan, heat the cream over medium heat until it comes to a simmer. Add the truffle butter, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, lower the heat to very low, and swirl the butter until it melts. Keep warm over very low heat.

Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook for 3 minutes, exactly. (If you’re not using Cipriani pasta, follow the directions on the package.) When the pasta is cooked, reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water, then drain the pasta. Add the drained pasta to the saute pan and toss it with the truffle-cream mixture. As the pasta absorbs the sauce, add as much of the reserved cooking water, as necessary, to keep the pasta very creamy.

Serve the pasta in shallow bowls and garnish each serving with a generous sprinkling of chives and shaved Parmesan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve at once.

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