Where My Truffles At?


Truffle Pasta, originally uploaded by jaxies.

As the (lack of) Summer draws to a close I can begin to turn my attention more fully to comfort food. Creamy sauces, rich meals that make you fall into a food coma shortly afterwards… nothing short of wonderful. Winter is the time to get fat. At least if you’re around me, that is. Well, let’s be honest, around me you’re going to get fat no matter the season…

This particular recipe, then, was my last hurrah to summer. I was lucky enough to stumble across some truffle butter and summer truffle at bargain prices, so I could finally make one of the recipes that was screaming out to me from Ina Garten’s Back To Basics – a book I had purchased on a whim and then completely and utterly fallen in love with. Truffle butter tagliatelle was finally going to be on the menu, baby.

I tweaked Ina’s recipe slightly with the inclusion of some lovely fresh wild mushrooms I found in the supermarket, as well as a little shaved summer truffle. I also lacked chives, but can imagine the flavours would work beautifully together, so you should have chives.

So before we get to the recipe a couple of announcements: first off thank you all so much for the encouragement, the comments and the offers of accommodation whilst I’m on my travels! I would love to be shown around your cities by such lovely and kind people! Email me if you have any more recommendations (or drop me a comment)!

Secondly, the new website is coming along beautifully, thanks to the fantastically talented (and patient) David. Seriously, he is being such a superstar about the whole thing, especially when he asks me a question about whether I want x, y or z and I haven’t got the foggiest what he’s on about and make him explain it all in painstaking detail, which he does without complaining. Patience of a saint. Thank you!

Thirdly, as I should’ve mentioned a few days ago, entry for my summer-themed recipe competition is now closed, but I’ve still got two or three recipes that I’m finally getting to this week that were submitted before the deadline. I’ll announce the winner by the end of the month!

Okay. Enough about all that. Make this and you’ll understand why Ina is my domestic goddess…

Adapted from Ina Garten’s Back To Basics

1/2 cup double cream
2 tbsps truffle butter (I got mine from Carluccio’s)
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
A good handful of tagliatelle (about one bunch per person)
3 tbsps fresh chives, chopped
Parmesan (whole)
Handful of fresh wild mushrooms (I used chanterelle and brown button mushrooms)
1 tbsp olive oil
Summer truffle (I found mine in Waitrose, amazingly)

1. Bring a pot of water to the boil – add about 1 tbsp salt just as it’s reaching the boil.
2. In a small pan sautee the wild mushrooms until golden. Set aside.
3. In a large pan bring the cream to the boil, then add the truffle butter, 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper and lower the heat to very low. Stir to melt the butter and keep warm – you may want to thicken it up a little if it’s too runny, and to do so simply let the cream boil a little, stirring all the while. When it has reached your desired consistency add the sauteed wild mushrooms.
4. Cook the pasta until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water and drain the pasta. Toss the cooked pasta with the truffle-cream mixture, adding as much of the reserved cooking water as necessary to keep the pasta very creamy.
5. To serve: place in bowls, shave some parmesan and some truffle on top, season with a little salt and black pepper, and chow down. You can thank Ina later.

That’s all for now, then. More very soon, so until then: peace and love.

Jax x

9 Responses to “Where My Truffles At?”

  1. Chef Dennis Says:

    that is an incredible pasta dish! The flavor of that truffle butter with the wild mushrooms and the double cream must have been mind blowing!! wow….this is pasta taken to the next level!!! I haven't seen any truffle products in our local markets…..I think a road trip might me in order!!

  2. Ashley Says:

    That looks so good I am salivating right now!!!!!!!!!

  3. Monet Says:

    Can you please have me over for dinner? This looks so so good! I wish we lived closer (we could eat together and then talk about our writing) I'm still swamped but I promise to get to that email. I am honored to know you sweet girl!

  4. Chanel11 Says:

    Oh man truffle, pasta and butter is heaven!

    In terms of Melbourne sightseeing, apart from just walking around the laneways in the CBD you can also do the following:


    this website is great for knowing whats going on in Melbourne in regards to music, art, food everything!

    Eureka Tower skydeck as some awesome views of Melbourne through their clear box that protrudes out from the building, not for the squeamish though as even the floor becomes see through

    From January to March there are free Summer Fun in the Park events at the various CBD parks – things like free tai chi, painting, concerts, dance lessons etc it's lots of fun

    There is also the free St Kilda Festival down by the beach in St Kilda (February)

    I would also recommend seeing the National Gallery of Victoria and then having lunch at Persimmon (inside the gallery and my fave lunch spot)

    There's the Queen Victoria Market which is full of food produce, clothing, toys – people pretty much sell everything there – as a kid we always ended the day with a hot jam donut from one of the caravans out the front

    Crown in Southbank is nice to stroll through and they have some good restaurants like Rockpool, Maze and Nobu.

    You could also drive along Great Ocean Road for awesome beaches, waterfalls or wildlife

    In terms of restaurants it all depends on what cuisine you like, a recent one I liked was Attica in Ripponlea (near St Kilda)- I've got a few reviews on my restaurant blog of some places as well

    Hope you have an awesome time here!

  5. A Thought For Food Says:

    Just had my sister bring back some delightful truffle oil from France and I'm so excited to try it out in this pasta dish. Ok… now I'm hungry. :-/

  6. Margaret Murphy Tripp Says:

    Holy cow, that looks AMAZING!!!

  7. Mochachocolata Rita Says:

    whoa! hello truffle! I haven't tried working with this product yet…maybe one day :D

  8. Reeni Says:

    This sounds so incredibly rich and decadent! I can't help but love it. And contest? How on earth did I miss that!?

  9. Jackie Says:

    Dennis – I was amazed at how readily available truffles were to me! They seem to be in all the major supermarkets at the moment, and for ridiculously cheap prices! If you can do make this – it is sooo tasty.

    Ash – you and me both, girl. Sigh.

    Monet – that would be AMAZING. But sadly distance negates that wonderfulness… but not for long! I'll be on your side of the pond before too long =) Don't worry about the story – get to it whenever you have time! No rush!

    Chanel11 – wow, that's an amazingly comprehensive list! You are awesome. I shall put it into my travel folder! Thank you =)

    Brian – truffle oil is fantastic – drizzled into a salad? Ho-em-geez. Heaven.

    Margaret – thank you! And thanks for swinging by!

    Reets – it's pretty simple, but it's delicate so you've gotta be careful with it. One day ;)

    Reeni – it was totally delicious =) Yeah, my contest sort of slipped under the radar a little, but I'll probably do another one, this time winter/Christmas themed? Stay tuned!

    Jax x

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