CREAMY PASTA WITH PANCETTA AND MUSHROOMS

23 Apr

 

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Okay , So this is a real easy meal to make for a week night. only about 20 min.

 

 

1/2 lb .  pasta – pappardelle,  or something else.  Pappardelle what’s that ? I did not know either .      ppp

Pappardelle pasta is an Italian flat pasta cut into a broad ribbon shape. In width, the pasta is between tagliatelle and lasagna. This pasta is traditionally served with very rich, heavy sauces, especially sauces which include game such as wild boar, and it is particularly popular in the winter, when it can make the basis of a hearty, warming meal. this pasta’s name comes from the Italian {pappare } a verb which means ” To gobble up ”

1 tbsp olive oil

4oz. Pancetta – cubed – a Pan of what ? Pancetta , what do mean you don’t know what that is ……………okay……………

What’s the Difference Between Bacon, Pancetta, and Prosciutto?

 

Bacon, pancetta, prosciutto: These three pork products look alike, taste somewhat similar, and even get regularly substituted for each other. It’s no wonder we get them confused! In actuality, they have very distinctive characteristics that make each ideal for different kinds of preparations.

Bacon & Pancetta: Cured Pork Belly

Bacon and pancetta have the most in common. They are both typically made from pork belly and both are cured for a certain length of time. Both are also considered “raw” and need to be cooked before eating.

What’s the Difference? The Curing Process

The process for making the two is slightly different.

Pancetta is simply cured, and the focus is really on how this happens. This can be done simply with salt, but spices and other aromatics are often added to infuse the pancetta with particular flavors.

Pancetta is sometimes sold sliced paper thin, or cubed. The thin slices can be wrapped around vegetables or meat before cooking. The pancetta cubes are often used like bacon, sautéed with onions or garlic to form the base of a soup, pasta, or risotto.

Two forms of pancetta: one thin-sliced and the other cubed. Pancetta is usually cooked before eating.

Bacon is also cured, like pancetta, but it takes things one step further: the meat is smoked after it’s been cured. This is usually a cold-smoking process, meaning that the bacon isn’t actually heated or cooked during smoking and remains raw. Smoking can be done with a wide range of woods, from apple to maple, which each give their own distinctive, delicious flavors to the meat.

So pancetta is cured and unsmoked, while bacon is cured and smoked, but both need to be cooked before being eaten. They can be used interchangeably in dishes, depending on whether or not you want a smoky flavor.

 

Prosciutto: Cured Ham

Prosciutto is very different from either bacon or pancetta, but we think it gets confusing because the words prosciutto and pancetta can sound similar to our non-Italian ears! Prosciutto is made from the hind leg of a pig (ie, the ham), and outside Italy, calling it prosciutto indicates a ham that has been cured.

The quality of prosciutto is entirely in how it’s cured. The outside of the ham is usually rubbed with just salt and sometimes a mix of spices. This draws out moisture and concentrates the flavor while the ham slowly air-dries (very much like dry-aged beef). This process can take anywhere from a few months to a several years depending on the desired result.

Delicious prosciutto.

Once cured, prosciutto is usually thinly sliced and eaten as is. In other words, uncooked — although we wouldn’t exactly call the meat raw after it’s been cured for so long. Sometimes prosciutto gets lightly cooked as a finishing touch to a pasta sauce   or other dish, but this is more to bring out the aroma and merge flavors than it is to cook the prosciutto.

So now you know !!!

 

3- garlic clove – smashed and minced

1/4 cup white wine – a Chardonnay or you can use vermouth

1 cup double cream

3 tbsp. grated Parmesan – that is right  ,     grate      grate it yourself.     None of that sawdust in a can for US !

8 oz. mushrooms  –  Portobello  or mix it up  – chopped

salt and black pepper

 

Bring a pot of water to the boil, add some  salt and cook  pasta until al dente.

Chop your mushrooms

While the water is starting to boil Start the sauce.

In a large skillet , heat oil and cook pancetta until lightly  browned ,   add garlic  , and cook for I minute until garlic is just golden.

Add mushrooms and cook until mushrooms have just releases their liquid

Pour n wine and increase heat until liquid reduces to about half.

Lower heat and add cream.

Cook until cream is heated and then add Parmesan cheese. Simmer until slightly thickened

Add a few grinds of pepper and a little salt

Drain pasta DO NOT RINSE Add to sauce and mix until completely covered Garnish with parsley and sprinkle with alittle more parmesan cheese.

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Eat and Enjoy!

 

 

 

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