Penne With Pancetta, Sage, and Mushrooms

Total Time
1hr
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins

This recipe originates from "Geranio" in Alexandria, VA. It is very important to use a high quality beef stock to get the richness in the dish.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Bring the broth and wine to a boil in a medium heavy saucepan over medium-high heat and cook until reduced to 1 cup, 15 to 18 minutes.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; season with salt and pepper. Saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer the mushrooms to a plate.
  3. Add the remaining 1 tbsp of oil to the skillet. Add the pancetta and saute until the pancetta begins to brown, about 10 minutes. Add the wine reduction, butter, and herbs. Simmer until the liquid thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until almost tender but still firm to the bite. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid.
  5. Stir the pasta and 1/2 cup cheese into the mushroom mixture. Stir over medium-high heat, adding water by tablespoonfuls if dry, until pasta is aldente and the sauce thickens and clings to the pasta, about 5 minutes.Taste, and if necessary, add salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a large bowl and sprinkle 1/2 cup of cheese over the top.