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Milk Street Bowtie Pasta with Parmesan Cream

Pasta with Parmesan Cream

25 minutes

Pasta with Parmesan Cream

Free

The key to this rich, simple pasta dish is starting with a good-quality chunk of true Parmesan cheese (Parmigiano-Reggiano). Domestic Parmesan or even real Parmesan that’s pre-grated will not yield the right flavor and consistency. We simmer a piece of Parmesan rind into the cream for added flavor and umami; some supermarkets and cheese shops sell just rinds, or simply cut the rind off your chunk of Parmesan.

4-6

Servings

Tip

Don’t use domestic Parmesan or even true Parmesan that’s pre-grated. Neither will yield the correct flavor and consistency.

25 minutes

2½ cups heavy cream
2 inch Parmesan rind, plus 6 ounces Parmesan cheese, finely grated (3 cups)
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
1 pound linguini fini or spaghetti
Ingredients
  • cups heavy cream

  • 2

    inch Parmesan rind, plus 6 ounces Parmesan cheese, finely grated (3 cups)

  • 2

    bay leaves

  • 2

    tablespoons lemon juice

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

  • 1

    pound linguini fini or spaghetti

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Pasta with Parmesan Cream

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4-6

Servings

25 minutes

Tip

Don’t use domestic Parmesan or even true Parmesan that’s pre-grated. Neither will yield the correct flavor and consistency.

Ingredients
  • cups heavy cream

  • 2

    inch Parmesan rind, plus 6 ounces Parmesan cheese, finely grated (3 cups)

  • 2

    bay leaves

  • 2

    tablespoons lemon juice

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

  • 1

    pound linguini fini or spaghetti

Step 1 of 4

Combine Ingredients In Saucepan

cups heavy cream
2
inch Parmesan rind
2
bay leaves

In a medium saucepan over medium, combine the cream, Parmesan rind and bay. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally and adjusting the heat as needed, until slightly thickened and reduced to 2 cups, 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 2 of 4

Add Cheese

2
tablespoons lemon juice
6
ounces Parmesan cheese, finely grated (3 cups)
Ground black pepper

Remove the pan from the heat, then remove and discard the cheese rind and bay. Whisk in the lemon juice; the mixture will thicken slightly.


Whisk in the cheese a handful at a time, then continue to whisk until completely smooth. Taste and season with pepper, then set aside uncovered.

Step 3 of 4

Cook Pasta

Kosher salt
1
pound linguini fini or spaghetti

In a large pot, bring 4 quarts water to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons salt and the pasta, then cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Reserve ½ cup of the cooking water, then drain. Return the pasta to the pot.

Step 4 of 4

Taste, Season and Serve

Kosher salt and ground black pepper

Pour the sauce over the pasta and toss until well coated, adding cooking water as needed to thin. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with additional black pepper.

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