Main Dishes

Pappardelle alla Boscaiola

Recipe Credit: The Glorious Pasta of Italy (Chronicle Books, 2011) by Domenica Marchetti. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large cloves garlic, lightly crushed
  • 8 oz mixed fresh mushrooms, trimmed (see Chef's Note)
  • 8 oz fresh shiitake mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
  • 1 tsp minced fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup passato di pomodoro (tomato puree)
  • 1 tsp kosher or fine sea salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 lb dried pappardelle or bucatini
  • Freshly grated pecorino romano cheese for serving
Directions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil and salt generously.
  2. Place the extra-virgin olive oil and garlic in a large, deep frying pan over medium-low heat. Cook the garlic, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until fragrant but not browned. Add all the mushrooms and rosemary. Raise the heat to medium-high and cook the mushrooms without turning them for about 2 minutes, or until they are browned on the underside. Toss and then cook them for another 2 minutes or so before tossing them again. Continue to cook the mushrooms in this way for about 15 minutes total, or until they are golden brown. Remove and discard the garlic.
  3. Stir in the tomato puree and reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the salt, season with pepper, and stir in the parsley. Turn off the heat and cover the pan to keep the sauce warm.
  4. Add the pasta to the boiling water, stir to separate the noodles, and cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions until al dente. Drain the pasta in a colander set in the sink, reserving about 1 cup of the cooking water.
  5. Transfer the pasta to the frying pan and gently toss the pasta and sauce to combine thoroughly, adding a splash or two of the cooking water if necessary to loosen the sauce. Transfer the dressed pasta to warmed shallow individual bowls and sprinkle with the cheese. Serve immediately.
Time Level Yield
45 minutes Easy 4 servings

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