Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr
This is a nice dish using button mushrooms and porcini mushrooms to give it a wonderful earthy flavor. The recipe makes alot, but can be scaled down easily. It can also be made ahead.
- 4 ounces dried porcini mushrooms
- 4 cups hot water
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 large onions, finely chopped
- 5 lbs hot Italian sausages, casings removed
- 4 lbs button mushrooms, sliced
- 4 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped
- 2 cups dry white wine
- 4 bay leaves
- 2 (14 ounce) cans beef broth
- 4 cups half-and-half
- 4 lbs rigatoni pasta
- 6 cups parmesan cheese, grated
- parmesan cheese, for topping
- fresh rosemary sprig, for garnish
- Rinse porcini mushrooms. Place in medium bowl. Add 4 cups hot water, cover, and let stand until softened, about 20 minutes. Drain, reserving soaking liquid. Chop porcini.
- Heat 2 tablespoons oil in each of 2 heavy large pots over medium heat. Divide onions between pots; sauté until tender, about 10 minutes.
- Divide sausage between pots. Increase heat to high and cook until no longer pink, breaking up into small pieces with back of fork, about 12 minutes.
- Divide button mushrooms and chopped rosemary between pots and stir until mushrooms begin to soften, about 8 minutes.
- Divide porcini, wine, and bay leaves between pots and boil until almost all liquid evaporates, stirring frequently, about 6 minutes.
- Divide porcini soaking liquid between pots, leaving sediment behind. Divide beef broth between pots. Boil until sauce is syrupy, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes.
- Divide half and half between pots; boil until thickened slightly, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. (Sauce can be made 1 day ahead. Cool slightly, then cover and chill. Rewarm before continuing.).
- Brush four 3 1/2-quart glass or porcelain baking dishes with oil. Cook pasta in 2 large pots of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain. Divide pasta between sauce in pots; stir to coat. Mix 3 cups cheese into each pot. Season pasta with salt and pepper. Divide among prepared baking dishes. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before continuing.).
- Preheat oven to 375°F Cover dishes with foil. Bake pasta just until hot but not bubbling, about 25 minutes. Sprinkle with additional cheese. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and serve with additional cheese.