Lemon Pappardelle With Toasted Almonds (a Super Romantic Valentines Meal for 2)

You will need: 8 oz pappardelle, 3/4 cup half-and-half, 3 egg yolks, 3 cloves garlic, minced, zest & juice of 1 lemon, salt & pepper, 1/8 cup chopped almonds, handful fresh parsley, chopped.
  1. 1.
    Cook the pappardelle in boiling salted water, according to the directions on the package. Drain and set aside.
  2. 2.
    Combine the egg yolks, half-and-half, garlic, lemon zest (reserve a tiny pinch for garnishing later), lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste in a heatproof bowl. Place over a pot of boiling water (see note) and whisk until the mixture thickens into a pale yellow, smooth sauce, 4-5 minutes).
    Note: If you have ever made hollandaise sauce, this is a very similar process. By putting the heat-proof bowl over the boiling water, you are essentially creating a double boiler, so it is important that the bowl is large enough to sit on top of the pot without falling in. If you own a double boiler, this is a great way to use it.
  3. 3.
    Once the sauce is thick, remove from the heat and toss with the cooked pappardelle.
  4. 4.
    Divide into bowls and top each one with almonds, parsley, and the reserved lemon zest.
  5. 5.
    Serve immediately.