Prawns or chicken thigh (prepare beforehand/ cut into bite sizes)
B. Double cream
1 pinch (or 1/8 cube)
Plain flour (look at Helpful Hints)
Parmesan cheese (optional)...D
Cover the dried porcini in more than 60 ml of lukewarm water for at least 30 minutes to dehydrate.
After they have softened, drain the mushrooms. Save the soaking water for later use.
Put 3 L of water into a large pot and bring to the boil. Just before it comes to the boil add 2 tablespoons of salt (1 % to the water).
The amount of salt in the pasta cooking water is a factor in deciding the resultant taste. Measure the salt precisely. *After (3) comes to the boil turn the heat to very low. Keep it constant.
Put A ingredients in a cold frying pan. Place the pan over a low heat and cook slowly until the garlic infuses its flavour into the oil.
After the bottom side of the garlic is golden brown turn over. Remove the garlic after both sides are golden brown.
Add the onion to (6) and sprinkle with C ingredients. Stir gently.
Add the prawns or chicken to (7) and sprinkle with C ingredients. * Put the chicken in with the skin sides down. Keep the heat lowish medium heat...
Add the white wine to (8) and cover with a lid. Steam the content of the pan and turn over the prawns or chicken half way through.
Meanwhile add the pasta to (4). Cook until al dente and drain the pasta 30 seconds to 1 minute earlier than the package instruction says. Cook the pasta over a low heat.
After (9) prawns or chicken are cooked through add (2) porcini and 50 ml of the soaking water.
When (11) starts to bubble turn the heat to low. Add B ingredients and heat slowly.
When it starts to bubble around the edges of (12) frying pan turn off the heat. Just before the pasta is cooked, add the flour and stir quickly.
Drain the pasta in a colander quickly (do not drain completely) and transfer the pasta including some of its cooking water to (13). Cook over a lowish medium heat.
When (14) starts to bubble and thickens, turn the heat off. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with coarsely ground pepper.
Sprinkle with D ingredients, which are optional. The fragrant porcini will make a luxurious dish ^^
I like to use both prawns and chicken, but enjoy different ingredients such as other kinds of mushrooms.
Recipe ID: 183995 for porcini and cream risotto. Please have a try.
Story Behind this Recipe
This has been one of my favorite pasta dishes. Every autumn I intend to upload this recipe, but I haven't. The autumn has gone, but I uploaded this recipe before it starts to get warm.
* At Step 13 and 15 do not overcook the sauce otherwise it will be too thick. * This small amount of flour works very well to give the sauce the right consistency. If you reduce the sauce too much at Step 13, omit this flour.