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You have to make this, I’m not even kidding. It’s so good I made it twice in a week lol…my friend couldn’t stop eating it. He was upset he forgot to take some home with him, but like I told him “These. Are. The breaks!” *shrug*
There are so many flavors going on here. You get the earthy woodiness of the mushrooms — which take on a very meaty flavor, the tender bite of pasta, smothered in a flavorful creamy sauce that will send you swingin’!
It’s so damn yummy, and very easy and quick to make. This is a great “weeknight pasta” dish for those evenings when you’re really hungry but want something fast and full-bodied. I used farfalle (bow tie) pasta, but you can use rigatoni, penne, linguini, spaghetti, or fettuccine. Whatever you use, you’ll love
If you don’t have access to pancetta you could use bacon, but note that it will have a stronger flavor. What’s the difference between “pancetta” and “bacon”? Well, they’re both from the pork belly region, but are prepared and cured in different ways. Bacon is smoked, pancetta is cured. Use less bacon than you would pancetta for this dish, so that it doesn’t overpower the other flavors due to its signature smokiness. I really liked the pancetta for this dish because it was a milder flavor, and even after crisping it up completely, it still soaked in some of the sauce and turned it into a tender meaty bite. Don’t OD on the sage, it’s a very pungent herb — delicious, but strong, so use the recommended amount so that it doesn’t overpower your entire dish.
Begin crisping up your pancetta..
All crisp, now drain and set aside
cook your onions…
add your mushrooms…
cook everything down…then add the sage and whatnot
remove all of the onion/mushroom/sage mixture and deglaze your pan with chicken stock
then add cream and seasonings of your choice
cover and let it do it’s thing for a few minutes
serve it up!
So that the sauce and pasta finish cooking at the same time, drop the pasta into boiling water after adding the cremini to the skillet. Adapted from Cooks Illustrated.
- 4oz. pancetta , cut into ¼-inch cubes
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- Table salt
- 1lb. farfalle pasta, or campanelle
- 3 to 4 large shallots, chopped fine (about 1 cup)
- 3 medium cloves garlic, minced or pressed through garlic press (about 1 tbsp.)
- 10oz. shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded, caps wiped clean and sliced ¼ inch thick
- 10oz. cremini mushrooms, wiped clean and sliced ¼ inch thick
- 1 tsp minced fresh sage leaves, plus 1 additional tsp.
- 1¼ cups low-sodium chicken broth
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice from one lemon
- Ground black pepper
- Granulated garlic, cayenne pepper to taste (optional)
- 2oz. grated Parmesan cheese (1 cup)
- 2 tbsp. minced fresh parsley leaves
Bring 4 quarts water to rolling boil, covered, in stockpot; add 1 tablespoon salt and pasta, stir to separate, and cook until just shy of al dente. Drain and return pasta to stockpot.
Meanwhile, cook pancetta in 2 tablespoons olive oil, stirring occasionally until lightly browned, about 6 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer pancetta to paper-towel lined plate. Add shallots to fat remaining in skillet, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Increase heat to medium-high; add shiitakes and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Add cremini mushrooms and 1/2 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Stir in sage and cook 30 seconds. Transfer mushrooms to bowl. Add broth to skillet and bring to boil, scraping up browned bits; off heat, stir in cream, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste.
Add mushrooms, pancetta, broth mixture, cheese, and parsley to pasta in stockpot. Toss over medium-low heat until pasta absorbs most of liquid, about 2 minutes; serve immediately.
- You may have to adjust with the amounts of cream to get it to the consistency you want. The second time I made this dish, I added a little more heavy cream than originally stated. It’s adjustable, but use the recommended amounts first, then add anything you’d like later to make it amazing.
- Try adding grilled chicken or steak to the dish!