Angel Hair Pasta with Ancho Paste

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Angel hair pasta is served with a simple sauce combining ancho paste, garlic, chicken stock, vegetable oil.  The pasta is then served with Romano cheese and avocado slices.
Recipe By: Alexandra Weeks
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  • Serves 2


    • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock or water
    • 2 tbsp ancho paste (see recipe link below)
    • 2 whole cloves
    • 1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped
    • 1/8 tsp cumin seeds
    • Salt
    • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
    • 4 oz angel hair pasta or very fine vermicelli, preferably in nests or skeins
    • 1/3 cup finely grated Romano cheese,
    • Avocado slices
    • Quartered limes


Pour 1/4 cup of the chicken stock into the blender add the cloves, garlic and cumin seeds and blend until smooth. Season with salt. Add 1 more cup of the stock and the ancho paste, a few at a time, and blend until smooth, adding more stock if necessary. 

Heat the oil in a large heavy saucepan. Add the pasta and fry, turning, until it has turned a deep golden color, about 3 minutes (keep the nests intact). Strain off excess oil. 

Add the blended sauce to the pasta in the skillet and fry over moderate heat for about 3 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pan to prevent sticking. Cover and cook over low heat, adding the remaining stock a little at a time to prevent sticking, until the pasta is just cooked through, 5 to 8 minutes. 

Transfer to a serving dish, sprinkle with the cheese and serve with the avocado and limes.

Chile Pastes
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