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Pappardelle with Poached Egg & Caviar

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Serve six.

  • by Johanne Killeen, George Germon from Fine Cooking
    Issue 24

You can poach the eggs earlier in the day and keep them in cold water. Just before serving, immerse them in simmering water for about 90 seconds to warm them through without cooking them any further—you want to keep the yolks runny to blend with the butter and cheese to create the delicious sauce.

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 Tbs. kosher salt
  • 10 oz. good-quality dried pappardelle (wide, thin pasta)
  • 4 Tbs. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 6 tsp. beluga, osetra, or sevruga caviar (don’t substitute lumpfish eggs for real caviar; use chopped fresh herbs instead)

Bring a large pot of water (about 6 qt.) to a boil for the pasta. Meanwhile, fill a wide, shallow pan with water and bring to a gentle simmer. Crack each egg into a saucer and gently slide it into the simmering water. Poach the eggs until the whites are firm but the yolks are still runny, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove each egg with a slotted spoon, drain any water, and set on a warm plate.

When the pasta water is boiling, add the salt and pasta. Stir frequently to keep the pasta from sticking. Use the cooking time on the package as a guide, but start checking 2 minutes sooner. When the pasta is al dente (soft but with some resistance left), drain it in a colander, reserving about 2/3 cup of the cooking water. Return the pasta to the empty pot and toss with 2 Tbs. of the cooking water, the butter, and the grated cheese. If it seems too dry, add a few more spoonfuls of water and toss again.

Portion the pasta into six warm serving bowls, top each with a poached egg and the caviar, and serve right away.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 350; Fat (g): 16; Fat Calories (kcal): 140; Saturated Fat (g): 8; Protein (g): 16; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 5; Carbohydrates (g): 35; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3; Sodium (mg): 1200; Cholesterol (mg): 265; Fiber (g): 2;

Photo: Mark Ferri

I just love this pasta. I use spaghetti instead of pappardelle, omit the caviar and add freshly chopped chives. I first discovered this dish at a favorite restaurant of mine in New York called L'Atelier at the Four Seasons but didn't have a recipe until now. In fact, I think this recipe is even better!

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