This sauce is so simple, yet truly intense in flavor. The dish makes a great meat-free entrée or first course for any special meal.
Makes: 4 servings
- Salt and pepper
- 1 pound pappardelle or fettuccine pasta
- 1 32 ounce container (4 cups) vegetable or chicken stock
- 1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 4 large shallots, chopped
- 1 cup packed flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
- 1 cup dry white wine
- A wedge of pecorino romano cheese, for grating at the table
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain.
- While the pasta is working, in a saucepan, simmer the vegetable stock and porcinis until the porcinis are softened, 15 minutes.
- In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the shallots; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 7 to 8 minutes. Stir in the parsley, then the wine. Lower the heat to low.
- Remove the mushrooms from the stock and finely chop; add to the parsley-shallot mixture. Ladle in the stock up to the last ladleful (to avoid the grit at the bottom).
- Toss the pasta with the porcini-parsley sauce and serve with a little grated pecorino romano on top.
Tip PAIR WITH:
- Pair with: Patch Block Pinot Noir 2008 (France)