pasta mushrooms bacon recipe

Pasta di mama

With the beautiful weather coming up, you may not think of using mushrooms in the kitchen; they feel a bit like autumn. But they are so tasty! Especially chestnut mushrooms: they have a delicious nutty and much fuller flavour than white mushrooms.

Since chestnut mushrooms are available year round in the Netherlands, we use them quite often in our kitchen, stir-fried with noodles; in a curry or we make a delicious classic sauce with a good piece of meat.

Today I have a recipe in which the chestnut mushroom is the hero of the dish. Bit of seasoning, some al dente spaghetti: simple as that!My mother in law once made this recipe on a weekday; from “you know, that pasta your mother made the other day” this has become a regular dish. These days we simply call it “pasta di mama”.

There’s a splash of Noilly Prat in this pasta; a French dry vermouth that is widely used in the kitchen. I find the Noilly Prat flavour typical for this dish and therefore actually essential. But of course you can leave it out, you will still serve a very tasty and easy weeknight pasta.

pasta mushrooms bacon recipe

Pasta di Mama
Serves 2

    • 150-200 gr spaghetti (preferably tasty thin spaghettini)
    • Salt
    • 4 slices of bacon
    • Oil for frying
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
    • 125 gr chestnut mushrooms, cleaned and quartered (large ones in 6)
    • Splash Noilly Prat to deglaze
    • Few sprigs of parsley, chopped
    • Freshly ground pepper
    • Tasty olive oil
    • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  1. In a large pan bring water with a pinch of salt to boil
  2. Meanwhile, fry the slices of bacon in a hot, dry pan
  3. Meanwhile cut the onion, garlic and mushrooms
  4. Remove the bacon from the pan and allow resting on a plate. Heat a small amount of oil in the same pan (you do not have to clean it between
  5. If the water boils: Cook the spaghetti according to the instructions on the package
  6. Fry the onion and garlic briefly. Note that it does not burn: the pan is probably still hot from frying the bacon!
  7. Add the mushrooms and cook until tender
  8. In the meantime cut the cooled bacon into fine strips
  9. Deglaze the vegetables with a dash of Noilly Prat (optional) and then add the bacon to the pan
  10. If the spaghetti is cooked: drain and mix with the vegetables
  11. Finish with a dash of tasty olive oil, freshly ground pepper, chopped parsley and Parmesan cheese

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