Prep 30 mins
Cook 15 mins
- 1 (750 ml) bottletuscan red table wine (Rosso di Montalcino or Chianti)
- coarse salt
- 1 lb bucatini pasta or 1 lb spaghetti or 1 lb perciatelli
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1⁄4 lb deli-sliced pancetta
- 3 portabella mushroom caps, thinly sliced
- 2 -3 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves finely chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- red pepper flakes (a couple of pinches)
- 4 -5 cups chopped chard leaves or 4 -5 cups escarole or 4 -5 cups spinach or 4 -5 cups kale
- black pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg
- grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
- Pour the entire bottle of wine into a large pan; add water and fill the pot up as you would to cook pasta.
- Bring the wine and water to a boil over high heat.
- When the liquids boil, add salt and the pasta; cook to al dente. (you will use some of the cooking liquid later).
- Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; add 2 tablespoons of olive oil; then chop and add the pancetta.
- Brown the pieces until they are golden at the edges and transfer them to a paper-towel lined plate.
- Add the mushrooms to the olive oil in the same skillet; season with rosemary; cook 6-8 minutes until deeply golden.
- Push the mushrooms to the sides of the skillet; add in the garlic and red pepper flakes; cook for a minute or so, then toss the mushrooms together with the garlic.
- Add the greens to the pan; season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
- When the greens have wilted down, add a couple ladles of the starchy pasta cooking liquid to the pan; cook for a minute to reduce it a little.
- Drain pasta well and add it to the skillet.
- Add in the pancetta and a handful of cheese to the pan; toss the pasta for a minute or so to allow it to absorb the remaining liquid.
- Adjust the seasonings and serve; pass the extra cheese at the table.
We really enjoyed this dish. We didn't substitute anything, just made it exactly as the recipe is written. The only gripe I would have is that I felt the pasta turned out too dry, even after pouring plenty of reserved cooking water into the whole thing. Other than that, the flavor was great and the wine was a cool idea. Thanks!
This is one of my favorite pasta recipes. The more wine the pasta cooks in, the richer the taste. I usually substitute bacon for the pancetta and regular mushrooms for the portabella caps, and it still tastes delicious!
I just made this pasta last night and used escarole. It was amazing.. I have to say I hated using an entire bottle of wine though, but it was very different. I think next time I'll change it up and add sausage and replace the wine with some chicken stock. Overall, very tasty and even better the next day.