Saturday, December 06, 2008

Recipe: Penne ala Irish Breakfast

I hesitate to call this a recipe, it's just something I did for the first time today without much thought for what would be "right" but it was pretty cool. I probably would have added a rasher if I'd had one.

Ingredients:

  • pasta (I used penne because that's what I had).
  • 4 sausages - 160g (Dunnes' Simply Better or whatever you like yourself).
  • white pudding 50g (again Simply Better)
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 dried chillies with the seeds removed (I might use 1 next time)
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes (Lidl I think, not that it matters very much)

Method:

  • Start the pasta cooking.
  • Fry the sausages in some oil (I used olive oil for no particular reason) until they are mostly browned. You don't have to worry too much because they're going to cook some more later.
  • Take them out and slice them into circles about .5cm long - maybe 10 or 12 slices per sausage.
  • Slice the garlic and fry it and the chillies in the pan for about 30s or a minute. I just let them fry in the little bit of oil that was in the pan from cooking the sausages.
  • Put in the tin of tomatoes and stir it up.
  • Put back in the sausages and stir it up.
  • Mash in the white pudding - you want it to break up into little grains and be spread all through the sauce.
  • Leave it cook some more, stirring now and then to make sure it's not sticking to the bottom of the pan. About 5 minutes of cooking seemed to do the trick for me.
  • Pour it on the pasta and eat it.

That's a nice spicy, tomatoey way of getting all the vitamins and goodness contained in an Irish breakfast. Maybe it should have a fried egg on top but I was never one for fancy presentation.

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