Cooking for children
Spaghetti with bacon, mushrooms and Parmesan
Saturday 05 April 2008
This is more or less a carbonara, but mention mushrooms to some kids and their little faces will screw up in disgust. If, on the other hand, you chop the mushrooms into a creamy, cheesy sauce, they will go down unnoticed most of the time – just make sure your kids don't read these food pages...
4-6 servings of spaghetti
1 small onion, peeled, halved and finely chopped
60-80g thick-cut streaky bacon or pancetta, cut into 1/2 cm cubes
A couple of good knobs of butter
150-200g button or oyster mushrooms, cut into small dice
200ml double cream
2-3tbsp freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
1tbsp chopped chives
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Gently cook the onion and bacon in the butter for 2-3 minutes until soft, stirring every so often, add the mushrooms and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes with a lid on, stirring occasionally. Add the mascarpone, cream and Parmesan, season, bring to the boil and simmer for about 6-7 minutes until the sauce thickens to a coating consistency. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to manufacturer's instructions then drain in a colander. Add the chives to the sauce and toss with the pasta and re-season if necessary. Serve in warm bowls and let the kids help themselves to extra Parmesan.
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