Shitake & Broccoli Cream Spaghetti

Pasta is such an ubiquitous so-called western dish here in Singapore. It’s becoming more or less a staple among younger generations. Because it’s fast, it could take on virtually any ingredients and most of all, it’s so satisfying.

As much as I like a good pasta dish from an authentic Italian restaurant, SGD 24 – SGD 30 ++. My pocket hurts after every trip. Yes, I’m stingy.

So, when I am able to find time to get fresh & cheaper ingredients from supermarket or open-air market. I’m all for a good ol’ homemade pasta dish.

Also,  it’s very economical to make a decent and tasty pasta dish for two as well!

Shitake Broccoli Cream Spaghetti served with Turkey Snail Sausage

Ingredients:

  • 1 handful of broccoli cut up in small florets
  • about 180 g of spaghetti (or any long thread pasta of your choice)
  • about 150 g of sliced fresh shitake
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 200 ml of cream
  • 1 small chilli, chopped (optional)
  • black pepper & sea salt for seasoning to taste
  • a handful of strong hard cheese shaving or to taste

Method:

  • Cook the pasta as usual in a deep pot. Meanwhile, prepare the following.
  • Bake the sausage in an oven at the same time, and leave aside.
  • Heat up a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil in a pan. Toss in shallots to sweat, then followed by garlic and chilli to stir fry until just fragrant.
  • Add in slice shitake to stir fry until they are softened.
  • Now, stir in the cream. Season the cream sauce.
  • The pasta should be cooked in about 20 mins time. Add in the broccoli to be boiled briefly for a minute or two before being drained with the pasta.
  • When the sauce tastes good, add in the cooked pasta and broccoli to coat by the sauce evenly.
  • Season again.
  • Serve it hot with shaved cheese on top. Finally place the baked sausage aside.
  • Done! Enjoy!

Freshly cooked shitake broccoli cream pasta

Here’s my pricing breakdown:

  1. Shitake S$1.35 (offer from S$1.75) for  a pack of 200 g – Fair price
  2. Broccoli S$1.80 for a handful size of floret – wet market
  3. 1 tube of 200ml of Pure Cream at S$4.50 – Fair price
  4. 2 X snail sausages (chicken & turkey) atS$6.45 (optional) – Cold storage

Total: at most of S$15  for two persons including garlic,shallots, seasoning, gas and washing up (bear in mind that not all the ingredients above mentioned were used up)

I encourage home cooking at least 1 – 2 times a week, squeeze some time out during weekend for it. It’s worth the fun!

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