Pasta with pancetta and mushrooms

    35 min

    I threw this dish of penne pasta, pancetta and mushrooms together when that's all I had - it turned out to be delicious!

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    Serves: 4 

    • 350g penne pasta
    • 75g pancetta or bacon, diced
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 275g sliced mushrooms
    • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
    • 120ml double cream
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
    • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and set aside. Meanwhile, cook pancetta in a large frying pan over medium heat until browned but not crispy, about 5 minutes. Remove pancetta and set aside; pour any grease out of the frying pan, and add butter.
    2. Increase heat to medium-high and stir in sliced mushrooms. Cook and stir until the mushrooms have softened and released their liquid. Add the minced garlic and cook for 2 more minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low; stir in cream and dried herbs. Simmer until the sauce has thickened slightly.
    3. To serve, toss the cooked penne with the sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

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    My family loved it! It was definitely a restaurant quality dish. I substituted evaporated milk for the cream and added some Parmesan cheese to the sauce during cooking. Fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, and shredded Parmesan garnished the top. We will be making this again.  -  09 Oct 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I tried this last night and it was very good! I did kind of wing it when it came to ingredient amounts. The only thing I may do differently next time is add in a bit of chicken stock to make it a little less rich. I also added way more than the 1/2 cup of cream, just because I was afraid it wouldn't be enough sauce for us and I'm glad I did. There are a lot of possibilities for the recipe. It would be great w/ chopped tomatoes on top. Thanks for the recipe!  -  24 Oct 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was pretty good however it does need twice the sauce. We used bacon instead of pancetta. And it was still good!  -  26 Nov 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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