Pork Ragu

Pork Ragu
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Sounds very good. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Pork Ragu
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Sounds very good. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Ingredients
For the Ragu
For the Garlic Butter Pasta
Servings: servings
Instructions
For the Ragu
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a Dutch oven or heavy pot. While the pot is heating, in a large bowl, season the pork with the salt and pepper. Sear the pork on all sides, about a minute per side, remove from the pot and set aside.
  2. Heat the remaining oil in the pot and then add the sausage, break up the sausage with a spatula and cook until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. To the pot, add the onion and carrot and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring often. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper as desired and cook until the vegetables are soft, about 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the white wine, tomato paste, brown sugar, tomatoes, thyme, oregano, bay leaves, and cheese rind if you have that. Mix together then add the meat back to the pot and stir in. Season with additional salt and pepper to your liking.
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 hours, the meat should be fall apart tender and the sauce slightly thickened. Use two forks and shred the pork and stir into the sauce.
For the Garlic Butter Pasta
  1. In a large non stick pan on medium heat, add the butter, when melted, stir in the garlic and parsley and cook for 1 minute until the garlic is fragrant. Turn off the heat and add your cooked pasta and toss to evenly coat the pasta.'
  2. Serve the ragu over the pasta and garnish with Parmesan.
Recipe Notes

Figure 85 Baht for the pork shoulder and 50 Baht for the sausage, if you make the sausage yourself from pork shoulder, the cost would be much less. For 6 servings, this is about 67 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Italian Sausage.

Variant: 1. This screams of using a slow cooker to simmer the ragu.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Shrimp Alfredo Pasta

Shrimp Alfredo Pasta
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Sounds like a great sauce paired well with shrimp, on my to cook list. I can finally put that wine to use I bought just for cooking.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Shrimp Alfredo Pasta
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Sounds like a great sauce paired well with shrimp, on my to cook list. I can finally put that wine to use I bought just for cooking.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a pot of salted water to boiling, add the pasta and cook until just tender. Drain only, no rinsing, set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet on medium heat with the oil. Lightly season the prepared shrimp with salt, pepper, and just a light sprinkling of paprika. When the pan is hot, add the shrimp in a single layer, work in batches if needed and cook just 1 to 2 minutes per side or until pink on the outside and opaque inside indicating they are just fully cooked through. Do not over cook the shrimp or the result will be tough shrimp. Remove the shrimp when just cooked through to a plate and cover.
  3. Using the same pan add the butter and bring to medium heat, add onion when the butter is melted and the pan is hot, cook until onion is golden. Mix in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Now stir in the wine and stir, scraping up any bits from the pan and simmer and reduce by 1/4 of the volume. Stir in the cream and simmer for another 2 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese and stir until smooth and creamy and remove from heat. Do not let the sauce boil. Add and mix in about 1/4 teaspoon of paprika and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Add the shrimp and pasta and mix into the sauce, garnish parsley or basil, grate some Parmesan on top and black pepper to taste.
Recipe Notes

The shrimp, that price can very from store bought to fresh local caught from fishermen. Medium Whites in Tesco will run about 135 Baht/500 grams. Fresh local caught will run about 100 Baht/500 gram or less. Going with store bought shrimp, for 6 servings, this is about 67 cents per serving.

Variant: Use slice chicken breasts in place of the chicken. Add mushrooms, Straw mushrooms, cut in half lengthwise would be perfect.

This recipe for Creamy Shrimp Alfredo Pasta is from Natasha's Kitchen.

Mom’s Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

Mom’s Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo
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Not my Mom, Natasha's Mom. Chicken, pasta, and Alfredo sauce, I'm in! This is a light sauce, not heavy or rich like a typical Alfredo sauce. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Mom’s Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo
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Not my Mom, Natasha's Mom. Chicken, pasta, and Alfredo sauce, I'm in! This is a light sauce, not heavy or rich like a typical Alfredo sauce. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil then add the pasta and cook until just tender, drain then set aside.
  2. In a large pan heat 2 tablespoons of olive over medium heat and salt and pepper the chicken slices well and add to the hot pan and cook until slightly golden brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan to a plate and cover with a lid to keep it warm.
  3. Using the same pan on medium high heat, add the remaining oil and the butter, when hot add the onion and cook for about 3 minutes or until soft, then add the mushrooms and cover, stir often and cook until soft, about 4 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and stir continuously and cook for 30 seconds more. Now add in the milk and cream and simmer for 5 to 8 minutes, sauce should just bare be starting to thicken (it thickens slightly more when it is rested afterwards).
  4. Add the chicken and parsley to the pan and season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix the chicken into the sauce. Add the pasta and mix into the sauce to coat. Heat the pasta and chicken through then remove from heat, cover and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Stir again to mix and serve.
Recipe Notes

Chicken breasts will run about 70 Baht/kilo. For 6 servings, this is about 35 cents per serving.

Variant: Use shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails removed, in place of the chicken.

This recipe for Mom’s Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo is from Natasha's Kitchen.

Garlic Shrimp Pasta

Garlic Shrimp Pasta
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This sounds really good, a must try for me. Basic ingredients that are normally on hand.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
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This sounds really good, a must try for me. Basic ingredients that are normally on hand.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling water until tender, save 1 cup of the pasta water then drain the rest and set the pasta aside.
  2. In a large non stick skillet, melt the butter over medium heat and add the shrimp. Let the shrimp cook until starting to turn pink then add the garlic and cook until the shrimp are all pink and cooked through, then add a splash or so of olive oil. Mix together then add the pasta. Add the seasonings to your taste and add about 1/4 cup of the pasta water so that the pasta is not dry but not soaked in liquid either.
  3. Continue to toss the pasta, using additional pasta water as needed to maintain the consistency you like and is heated through, serve.
Recipe Notes

White shrimp at Tesco will cost about 140 Baht/500 grams. Everything else is low cost. For 4 servings, this is about $1.02 per serving. If you get local farmed shrimp, you can reduce the cost.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Anchovy & Garlic Pasta

Anchovy & Garlic Pasta
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Lot of room for changes as you see fit. I made this last night on 14 Aug 2016, very nice flavor but nothing to write home about. I made this again on 1 Nov 2016 and modified the recipe to reflect new findings, less oil and used Fettuccine pasta, much much better.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Anchovy & Garlic Pasta
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Lot of room for changes as you see fit. I made this last night on 14 Aug 2016, very nice flavor but nothing to write home about. I made this again on 1 Nov 2016 and modified the recipe to reflect new findings, less oil and used Fettuccine pasta, much much better.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Fettuccine that I buy, and all brands that I have seen here, the pasta is in little spirals in the package. I normally use 2-3 spirals for 2 servings. This is a 250 gram pack that has 6 spirals, this is imported from Italy and is surprisingly low cost. One spiral is about 40 grams.
  2. Cook pasta in a pot of boiling water until just tender, about 5 minutes, drain well, and set aside.
  3. Heat a heavy non-stick skillet over low heat, add the garlic and open the tin of anchovies and dump the contents into the pan, season with black pepper to your liking, use a spatula to break up the anchovies a bit most will basically melt into the olive oil and cook until garlic just begins to color, 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add the pasta and mix to coat the pasta well and heat through, remove from heat. This is 2 spirals of pasta used.
  5. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and grated Parmesan cheese if desired. A a green salad on the side would be good with this.
Recipe Notes

The anchovies cost me 125 Baht per 47 gram tin. For 2 servings, this is about $1.84 per serving. The cost is due to imported anchovies. Overall not a bad price for a once in a while meal.

This recipe screams of changes that you can make to dress this up anyway you wish to fit your taste. Think chopped spring onions, fresh chopped basil, sliced mushrooms such as Shiitake or King Oyster, cubed chicken, Italian sausage, etc.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Fettuccine with Chicken Liver & Mushrooms

Fettuccine with Chicken Liver & Mushrooms
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Pasta, chicken liver, and mushrooms, all favorites. I made this on 6 Nov 2017, excellent flavor, the white wine is perfect in this dish.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Fettuccine with Chicken Liver & Mushrooms
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Pasta, chicken liver, and mushrooms, all favorites. I made this on 6 Nov 2017, excellent flavor, the white wine is perfect in this dish.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Main ingredients prepped, purple onion, mushrooms (I used canned as I needed to rotate stock), and the chicken liver.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil, add the shallot and a pinch of salt and cook over moderately high heat until the shallot is softened and golden, about 2 minutes. Add the chopped mushrooms and season with salt and pepper and cook until the mushrooms are softened and most of their liquid has evaporated, about 10-12 minutes. Stir in the thyme. Pour the mushrooms into a bowl and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season the chicken livers with salt and pepper and coat them in flour, shaking off any excess. Fry liver over moderately high heat, turning once, until browned and crisp, about 3 minutes per side.
  4. Return the mushrooms to the skillet and pour in the wine (or chicken stock). Cook for 1 minute, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add 3/4 cup of the cream to the skillet at a time, allowing the sauce to thicken between additions. Simmer until the sauce coats the back of a spoon, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add the pasta and toss to coat. Transfer to a large bowl, garnish with the parsley.
  6. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Chicken liver will cost about 33 Baht/250 grams, with the pasta and all other ingredients, well under $1 per serving for 4 servings. Very reasonable cost for a good meal.

Adapted from an internet recipe.