Friday, 17 May 2013

Creamy Tuyo & Eggplant Pasta

with parmesan cheese

When our generous neighbor gave us a plate full of pasta with cream, diced chicken, pork bacon, and bits of shrimps in it then topped it with grated cheddar cheese, I vowed to cook pasta with creamy white sauce too.  My husband  doesn't like the idea of pasta with white sauce as he gets cloyed easily by its creaminess so he just shrugged without caring much, after all, he won't be eating it anyway.

Since we have a few left-over food inside the refrigerator and my husband doesn't want me to cook anything unless we finish all of those food I waited 2 days to cook this pasta dish.  And when the day came, I was truly excited.  I've been planning for a long time to cook tuyo pasta but I often end up postponing it and most of the times I totally forgot about it specially when my husband asks me to cook "something" else or when I see "something" interesting that I decide to cook that "something" instead.

Tuyo is what we Filipinos call the dried salted small fish.  Tuyo is  a poor man's food for one simple reason that it is cheap.  One tuyo is good enough viand that makes one finishes off a plate of rice. So 4 pcs of tuyo can feed a family of four for one meal.  That's how affordable it is.  Am I making sense?  Tuyo is a staple food in most households in the Philippines specially those in the provinces and far flung baranggays.  For people who has to travel once a week (or even less frequent than that) to the nearby town to purchase their food to last a week or more, aside from canned goods, tuyo is one of the most important thing to purchase as tuyo last till their next purchase or even longer.   I'm not sure if the rich people eat tuyo, I have no idea as we are poor :-) ask them.

Tuyo may be a poor man's dish but don't be deceived by what this simple and humble tuyo can be made into.  Tuyo can be made into an extraordinary delicious gourmet dish.  All you need is an ingenuous taste bud and a little bit of wit ;-)

You might have heard it or might have even tasted somebody else's version of this tuyo pasta dish.  Mine is simple, lovely, and tasty.  I put everything I love in this dish - my favorite eggplant which I love to add to any pasta dishes, parmessan and cheddar cheeses that were always  my best buddies in flavoring my dishes, and tuyo which is one of my favorite breakfast food.

without parmesan cheese (I forgot :D)



Spaghetti - 100 g
Eggplant, thinly sliced - 1 medium
Tuyo - 7 pcs or more to your liking
Olive Oil
Garlic, minced - 3 cloves 
Basil leaves, ground and dried


Olive oil - 2 tbsp
All purpose Flour - 3 tbsp
Fresh Milk - 1 1/2 c ++
Parmesan, grated - 1/2 c
Cheddar, grated - 1/2 c
Egg - 1 pc

Cooking Procedure:

1.  Cook spaghetti as per package direction.  Drain and set aside
2. Brush olive oil on both sides of the eggplant and pan grill them until they turned brown.
3.  In the same pan, add a small amount of olive oil and pan fry the tuyo until cooked.  flake the tuyo, remove the fish bones, mash the head.
4.  In the same pan, add a small amount of olive oil and saute in it the garlic until it is aromatic.  Add in the tuyo then the eggplant.  Remove from fire.


5. Heat olive oil then add the all purpose flour, stir to mix well.  Continue to cook rue for a minute under low fire.
6.  Pour  the fresh milk on the rue and stir vigorously to make it homogenous.
7.  When the sauce thickens slightly, add the parmesan and cheddar.  Stir well until the sauce thickens.  Remove from fire but continue stirring it for a minute
8. Add the egg and beat the sauce well until well incorporated.
9.  Add in the tuyo-eggplant mix then the spaghetti noodles.

Serve.  Sprinkle with more parmessan cheese if you like.  I did :-)

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