I love one-pan dishes, I find them fun, easy to make and no chance of towering up dishes in the sink which will have to be cleaned after the meal! I made this dish for my mother and myself one day we were running short of time but now that I’ve tried it, I’d totally remake it for an evening between friends, maybe with a nice platter of dried meat as a starter and a nice glass of wine (the latter is not a “maybe”). I found the base for this recipe in my Swiss Cooking book (by Alfred Haefeli) and adapted it in order to make it become a one-pan dish to save time and clean kitchenware.
Tip: To make this recipe a little lighter, instead of using whole milk I used the half-fat kind and I found it didn’t affect the final result.
One Pan Alpine Pasta
Recipe for 4
Prep time: 5-7 min
Cook time: 15-20 min
200g short pasta (choose a kind of pasta that takes between 12-15 min to cook, I used rigatoni)
500g peeled potatoes
1 large onion
1-2 garlic cloves
5 dl vegetable stock
1 dl milk
2 dl cream
1 tsp. cornstarch
200 g alpine cheese or Gruyere
Cut the potatoes into 2cm cubes and chop the onion and the garlic.
Place the pasta, potatoes, onion and garlic and in a pan.
In a small bowl place the cornstarch along with a little milk and mix until the combined.
Pour over the stock, milk, cream and diluted corn starch, nutmeg and pepper and bring to a rolling boil and leave to cook stirring occasionally until the pasta and potatoes are cooked and the whole become creamy. If needed reduce heat.
Meanwhile grate the cheese.
Once the ingredients are cooked through, remove the pan from the fire, add the grated cheese and mix. Should the cheese not be completely melted, add the pan back to the fire for a short moment while constantly stirring. Optionally sprinkle a little more pepper and serve.