I love pappardelle pasta – if you make (or buy good quality) pasta these hearty noodles are so perfect for holding on to a sauce. Tonight’s version was a way of using up leftover chicken from my Moroccan Spice Chicken. Another favorite to serve with the alfredo is panko crusted chicken – love the crunchy texture with the creamy pasta.
500 gm pappardelle pasta
1/2 cup butter
2 leeks (white and tender green parts) thinly sliced
1/2 cup sliced red onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup good white wine
1 tsp mustard powder (or dijon mustard)
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup cheese (I like to use mostly parmesan reggiano, but you can add a bit of other cheese as well, mozzarella, ementhal, romano … etc)
salt and pepper
cooked chicken/prawns/ham – whatever you have left in the fridge … or leave it as is – you will still think it is the best alfredo!
Melt butter in saucepan – add leeks and onions, cooking until tender and translucent.
While onions are cooking, add your pasta to the boiling water and cook just until al dente. Remove from heat, drain and keep warm.
To your onions, add garlic cloves, mustard, white wine, chili flakes to taste (start with 1/2 tsp and see how you like it!), and cream. Heat through, remove from heat and stir in cheeses. If you are adding any of the cooked protein, this is the time to do it.
Toss it all together, season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with extra parmesan cheese to grate over the top.