This post will be doing triple duty – product review, recipe review and what’s for dinner. Recently, on Pinterest, I found this recipe for Tagliatelle with Basil and Egg Yolk. It looked delicious and easy, so I decided to make it. Of course, I modified the recipe (as I usually do) and also added on some protein, because I try to have protein with every meal. I love full carb meals, but they aren’t the healthiest.
For the pasta I used linguine instead of tagliatelle, only because that’s what I had in the house.
I followed the recipe for the sauce, adding in some crushed pine nuts and some further toasted pinenuts (about a tablespoon). I followed the recipe otherwise, but it just didn’t make enough sauce. The pasta was barely coated, as you can see from the photo – there wasn’t much green to it. Looking at the recipe photo and comparing it to mine, they look very different. Maybe if I cooked half a package of pasta (250g) instead of the full one, it would have been better. As for taste, it was too subtle, as you’d expect. It had a hint of a really lovely sauce. Next time i’ll either halve the pasta or double the sauce.
To add on top of the pasta I cooked Quorn Chicken Style Pieces with some julienned sweet peppers (1 red and 1 yellow). I sauteed them together in a pan with a drizzle of olive oil, stirring until the chicken style pieces started to get a little brown. It looks much more appetizing with some colour. I seasoned with a sprinkle of salt and then put a heaping portion on top of the pasta.
I really like the Quorn Chicken Style Pieces. It adds bulk, protein and substance. I think it tastes very good on its own, like I prepared it. It’s also good when added to a sauce. I try not to eat too much processed food, but Quorn products are generally healthy (I think), and low fat/calorie. It’s an easy way to add protein to a meal.
Overall I really liked this meal. My OH said he found the linguine and chicken a little hard to ‘blend’ – meaning the pasta was slippery so he had trouble eating the two at the same time. That wasn’t an issue for me as I pretty much hoovered it up in record time. I found the subtleness of the pasta really grew on me after a few bites, and I think the pasta will be great heating up as leftovers, as it will have a chance to really develop the flavours. It’s a nice, aromatic sauce. I just wish there was more of it!