* Exported from MasterCook * Pastorio's Half-Assed Bastard Sauce Recipe By :Bob Pastorio Serving Size : 0 Preparation Time :0:00 Categories : pasta sauces/gravies Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method -------- ------------ -------------------------------- 1/2 cup milk 3 tablespoons butter 1 clove garlic more butter -- if desired 2 tablespoons bacon fat -- if desired 1 large egg 1/4 cup parmesan cheese flat leaf parsley fresh ground black pepper Use some milk. Real milk. Or some skim crap (my how often that shows up in culinary discourse) with butter in it. The start of a cream coating for the pasta. For a pound of pasta, let's build a hypothetical dressing. 1/2 cup milk, three tablespoons butter and a garlic clove (mashed and very finely minced) heated until the butter melts and it comes to a boil. Stir to distribute the butter and to poach the garlic. Reduce to about 1/3 cup - the reduction will thicken a bit and have a richer mouthfeel. More butter wouldn't hurt it, nor would a couple tablespoons bacon fat. Meanwhile, break an egg into a large bowl and add 1/4 cup parmesan cheese and some fresh, flat leaf parsley. A good grating of black pepper. When the pasta is done, drain it. Dump the milk reduction into the bowl with the egg and whisk furiously to mix it all together. Dump the pasta in and toss quickly to full coat. Serve immediately. More cheese at table. Description: "This is a half-assed approximation of a French Sauce Batard (q.v.) that itself is enormously flexible." - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - NOTES : This is a satisfying, creamy dish that can be extended by dropping in some cooked, chopped bacon for a fake Carbonara or some veggies for a fake primavera or some leftover lobster, truffles and caviar if the queen pops in suddenly unannounced. It's a good base for adding lots of different things either as extenders or as flavorings. Or both.