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Duck Pasta with Brussels Sprouts and Goat Cheese

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Even though it's about a thousand degrees outside and you're probably avoiding your kitchen at all costs, well besides sticking your face in the freezer or grabbing an icy-cold beer out of it, you've still got to eat. Oh, and when we say eat, we mean shove a ridiculous amount of deluxe food down your throat. And because we care about your well-being, and your intake of fancy food, we've created a dish to help you reach a good old fashioned foodgasm. Larchmont Smoked Duck breast, crispy fried brussels sprouts, and tangy goat cheese come together to create an earthy and complex dish that is surprisingly simple and quick to make. How to make duck pasta with brussels sprouts and goat cheese

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 package of Molino E Pastificio Spaghetti
  • 1/3 pound of Capricho De Cabra, crumbled
  • 1 Larchmont Smoked Duck Breast
  • 2 cups of steamed brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 head of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp of LA Organic Sherry Balsamic
  • 1/2 cup pasta water

Instructions:

  1. Begin boiling water for pasta. Remove the fatty layer from the duck breast and chop into tiny pieces. Thinly slice the remaining duck breast and set aside.
  2. Over medium heat, add duck fat pieces to a sauce pan and cook until the fat is rendered and the pieces start to crisp up; about four minutes. Add chopped onion and a pinch of salt and cook; about three minutes. Add garlic and cook for a few more minutes until fragrant. Remove rendered mixture from pan while leaving the remaining duck fat. Add in the brussels sprouts, cut-side down, and turn the heat to high and fry until golden-brown; about 7-9 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar, and sliced duck and toss until balsamic is absorbed. Add the onions, garlic, and duck fat bits into the brussels sprouts.
  3. Meanwhile, when the pasta becomes al dente, strain it and reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water for sauce. In a large mixing bowl, add the pasta water and crumbled goat cheese and whisk until the sauce is smooth. Toss with cooked pasta immediately and season to taste. Top with brussels sprouts mixture and serve.

 

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Martelli Pasta

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Martelli Pasta from Lari For some of us, spending more than just a weekend with our family seems a little overwhelming. Not for the Martelli family though. Nope, these kin-loving folk are the only ones that work in their middle-of-nowhere factory in Lari, a teeny tiny Tuscan town filled with olive trees and beautiful, sprawling grassy valleys. And when we found this bright, eye-catching package of yellow pasta, we had no idea how bad ass this family actually was. The Martelli's spend no money on advertising and the the factory that they've been occupying for almost 100 years prevents a certain trendy store from manufacturing in their quaint little town. Pretty rad, huh? We think so, and what's even better is how awesome their pasta is.

By using old school techniques, this pasta, which comes in four classic shapes, has a super-porous finish that is absolutely perfect for soaking up sauce while still maintaining a nice al dente bite. Not only do they use the finest hard durum wheat flour but they actually grow it on their own property. And unlike mass produced pasta, which is dried in a giant heated air blaster, the Martelli's dry their pasta for fifty hours using a low temperature that allows the pasta to retain a beautiful flavor and a perfect texture. We recommend tossing the cooked pasta with olive oil and freshly grated Parmigiano for a simple and quick meal that is surprisingly opulent.