Everyone knows about Parmesan, also known as Parmigiano Reggiano, but what about Pecorino Romano? It is aged and hardened especially for grating and can be exactly the same way that Parmesan is. So what’s the difference? One, Parmesan is made of cow’s milk whereas Pecorino comes from ewe’s milk. Two, Pecorino has a saltier and sharper taste and brings a lot of Italian dishes to a new level. Cheese is a fascinating subject with so many varieties in the world there is much to learn.
P.S. This dish joins Presto Pasta Nights.
Creamy Pecorino & Lemon Pasta
Preparation: 5 mins – Cooking: 10 mins
- 450g (16 oz) dried pasta, e.g. spaghetti, fettucini or trompetti
- 175 (6 oz) Pecorino Romano, finely grated
- grated rind of 1 lemon
- 350ml (12 fl oz) double (heavy) cream
- salt and pepper
- shredded basil, as garnish
- Add the fettucini to a pot of boiling salted water and cook for 8-10 minutes or until al dente.
- Mix the cheese with the grated lemon rind and cream and season to taste.
- Heat gently, season to taste and pour over pasta.
- Since the pasta is all jazzed up, it would be best to eat something plain with it, e.g. grilled fish and/or roasted vegetables. Even a green salad will go well with it.
- If you would like to have a lighter and healthier version of this pasta dish, substitute the cream with crème fraîche.
- For an even stronger lemon flavour you can use the rind of 2 lemons.