Grown Up Alphabet Pasta

Easy, Moderate, Complex

Yield: 4 main dish servings.


  • 2 cups dried alphabet pasta (500 g)
  • 1 tablespoon salt (15 g)
  • 3 cups chicken stock (750 ml)
  • 1 large shallot
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (coarse grated) (250 g)
  • A good nub of butter + 2 tablespoons (30 g)
  • A good handful of fresh parsley, chopped
  • A pinch of coarse salt
  • A grinding of freshly ground pepper


  1. Melt butter over high heat. Add shallots and cook, stirring often, until they are golden brown. About 6 – 8 minutes. [Keep attentive on this. You don’t want any brown crispy edges]
  2. Reduce heat to medium and add 2 more tablespoons butter and the alphabet pasta; stir often until pasta is light and golden, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add 1 cup chicken stock and bring to a boil. Let liquid get incorporated and then add another 2 + cups of stock a bit at a time. Continue,  stirring all the while, until pasta absorbs the stock each time –  for about 10  minutes. If mixture becomes too thick before pasta is done, add a little more stock or water.
  4. Stir in about a cup grated parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Check consistency and add more stock if needed. [You are looking for a slightly loose consistency with the pasta having a bit of a bite in it’s centre.]
  6. Fold in fresh chopped parsley, add a bit more salt and pepper if needed.
  7. Serve in shallow soup bowls alongside your Fried Chicken.