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Today, I’m thrilled to share one of my favorite pasta recipes with you – Tagliatelle with Mushrooms and Speck.
Inspired by cozy evenings spent with loved ones, this dish combines the rich taste of speck, mushrooms’ earthiness, and a homemade sauce’s creaminess.
Trust me, after trying this recipe once, it will also become a staple on your dinner table. So, let’s create something truly delicious now!
Tagliatelle with Mushrooms and SpeckCourse: MainCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy
Try cooking this delightful dish of Tagliatelle with Mushrooms and Speck! I recently whipped up this savory delight, perfect for a cozy dinner at home or a special gathering with loved ones. Here's how I prepared it.
4 ounces of speck, cut into strips
1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
8 ounces of white mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 cup of heavy cream
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
14 ounces of fresh tagliatelle pasta
tablespoons of chopped parsley
- Begin by bringing a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta.
- Slice the speck into narrow strips and then cut them into 1-inch pieces.
- Warm the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and sauté the speck until heated through, around 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add the mushrooms to the skillet and sauté until slightly softened, approximately 4 to 5 minutes.
- Pour in the cream and season with salt and pepper. Allow the sauce to simmer over medium heat until it thickens, which should take about 8 to 10 minutes.
- While the sauce is simmering, add salt to the boiling water and cook the pasta until al dente.
- Once the pasta is cooked, toss it with the prepared sauce, ensuring it's evenly coated.
- Finish off by sprinkling chopped parsley over the dish, adding a fresh burst of flavor.
- Serve your Tagliatelle with Mushrooms and Speck immediately, and enjoy the delicious combination of flavors!
- Ensure the pasta is cooked al dente, as it will continue to cook slightly when tossed with the sauce.
- Adjust the seasoning of the sauce according to your preference, as the saltiness of the speck may vary.
- Fresh tagliatelle pasta works best for this recipe, but you can also use dried tagliatelle if fresh is unavailable. Adjust cooking time accordingly.
1. Can I substitute speck with another type of meat?
Yes, you can use bacon or pancetta as alternatives to speck. Just adjust the seasoning accordingly.
2. Can I use dried pasta instead of fresh tagliatelle?
While fresh pasta yields the best results, you can certainly use dried tagliatelle. Follow the package instructions for cooking time.
3. How do I store leftovers?
Any leftover pasta can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. It can be reheated gently on the stovetop or in the microwave, adding a splash of water or cream to prevent drying.
4. How can I make the sauce thicker?
If the sauce is too thin, let it simmer for a few more minutes until it reaches your desired consistency. You can also add a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese to thicken it naturally.
5. Can I make this dish ahead of time?
While it’s best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare the sauce in advance and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Reheat the sauce gently on the stovetop before tossing it with freshly cooked pasta.
6. Can I freeze this dish?
Frozen dishes with cream-based sauces are not recommended as they may separate upon thawing.
7. Can I add other ingredients to customize the dish?
Absolutely! Feel free to get creative and add ingredients like caramelized onions, roasted garlic, or sun-dried tomatoes to personalize the dish to your taste preferences.