I just heard the making of this recipe on NPR's "The Splendid Table". It sounds amazing! Pasta with an orange caramel sauce. "Serves 10 to 12 as dessert or as a side dish with Christmas capon At 16th-century banquets this pasta accompanied poultry and meats. Try the combination with Christmas Capon for an important dinner. The sweet pasta makes an unexpected and very good dessert."
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- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (4 ounces)
- 1 1/2 cups orange juice, fresh squeezed
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper (Generous)
- 3 large oranges, shredded zest of (Valencia or navel )
- 6 quarts water (heavily salted about 1/3 cup)
- 1 lb tagliatelle pasta noodles (imported dried)
- 3 -4 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2/3 cup italian parmigiano-reggiano cheese, freshly grated (5 ounces)
- 1 cup blanched almond, toasted and coarsely chopped
- 1Working Ahead: The sauce can be made several hours ahead, covered and set aside at room temperature. Reheat to bubbling before adding the pasta.
- 2Making the Sauce: Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
- 3Use a wooden spatula to stir in about l/4 cup of the orange juice and the 2/3 cup of sugar.
- 4Melt sugar in the butter over medium heat, stirring in spoonfuls of orange juice frequently to keep the sauce from crystallizing (reserve about l/3 cup orange juice for finishing the sauce).
- 5Once sugar is dissolved, heat can be turned up to medium high or high.
- 6Stir occasionally as the mixture bubbles and slowly turns amber.
- 7When mixture becomes deep golden amber, stir in the pepper and two-thirds of the orange zest. Cook only a second or two to protect rind from burning.
- 8Then step back from the skillet and pour in the last 1/3 cup of orange juice at arm's length. It will bubble up and possibly spatter, then it will thin the sauce to ideal consistency. Turn off the heat. If making ahead, remove the pan from the heat, cool and cover.
- 9Cooking the Pasta: Have a large platter and dinner or dessert dishes warming in a low oven. If serving with the capon, have it ready to serve.
- 10Make sure pasta water is at a fierce boil. Drop in the pasta and cook until tender but still resistant to the bite.
- 11Drain in a colander.
- 12Reheat the sauce to a lively bubble.
- 13Add the pasta to the skillet and toss to coat thoroughly.
- 14Turn onto the heated platter, and sprinkle with the remaining sugar, cinnamon, cheese, almonds, and lastly, the remaining orange rind.
- 15If serving pasta as a dessert, mound small portions on heated dessert plates and serve hot.
- 16*For a 16th century Christmas dinner: Place the capon atop the pasta and serve. Carve the bird at the table. Spoon a small mound of pasta onto each dinner plate and top it with slices of capon.
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Nutritional Facts for Tagliatelle With Caramelized Oranges and Almonds
Serving Size: 1 (629 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 10
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 472.2
- Calories from Fat 181
- Total Fat 20.1 g
- Saturated Fat 7.8 g
- Cholesterol 66.5 mg
- Sodium 117.1 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 63.1 g
- Dietary Fiber 4.4 g
- Sugars 26.9 g
- Protein 12.5 g