The Chew: What You Should Have In Your Kitchen
The hosts of The Chew showed us some food basics that we should have in our kitchen, so we’re always prepared to cook. First up was Carla Hall, who showed us what was in her pantry. She had spaghetti noodles and penne pasta, canned beans, canned pasta sauce, a full array of spices and oil and vinegar. She said a lot of these things are good for pastas and salad, which she eats a lot. She also had a variety of dried nuts and fruits for a snack or for baking. Carla Hall said the spices you stock should depend on your cooking style and what you like to eat.
Next was Mario Batali with what was in his refrigerator. He had onions, tomato paste, parmigiano, a variety of meats and eggs. Mario Batali said these ingredients have a lot of versatility.
Daphne showed us what was in her freezer. She had a lot of smoothie ingredients, like frozen vegetables and fruit. Daphne also kept frozen chicken meat and stock and sauce. She said that if you set yourself up for success, there’s no way to fall away from it.
The Chew: Michael Symon’s Stove Top Pastistio
Finally, it all came down to Michael Symon, who was challenged to make something from these ingredients. He decided to make a stove top pastistio. Symon also had only five minutes to make a full meal. Daphne Oz lent him a hand as the rest of the hosts laughed at him scramble and move to get the meal done in time.
Stove Top Pastistio Ingredients:
- 3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/2 pound Lamb Sausage (casing removed and crumbled finely)
- 1/2 medium Yellow Onion (diced)
- 3 Garlic cloves (sliced)
- Salt and Pepper
- 4 tablespoons Tomato Paste
- 2 teaspoons Red Chili Flakes
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated Nutmeg
- 1 bunch fresh Parsley (leaves torn and roughly chopped)
- 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
- 1 pound fresh Penne
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
The Chew Stove Top Pastistio Directions:
- Start by bringing a large pot of well-salted water to a boil.
- Heat up oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add lamb. Flatten it out a little to help it brown.
- After about two minutes, add onions and garlic and chili flakes.
- After another minute, add tomato paste.
- Meanwhile, boil pasta for three to four minutes.
- In the meat pan, add cream and nutmeg.
- Add herbs last, after the meat is done cooking.
- Combine pasta and sauce, grating cheese on top.