Escarole Linguine with Pancetta & Ricotta Salata

Escarole Linguine with Pancetta & Ricotta Salata

Recipe by Alexa Weibel

Price per serving: $2.21

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  • 4Servings


  • 1 lb. linguine
  • 4 oz. diced pancetta
  • 5 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 3 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 1/4 lbs. escarole, cored and sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch strips
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup grated ricotta salata
  • 4 lemon wedges, for serving


1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the water, add the pasta, and cook until al dente. Drain, reserving 3/4 cup of the pasta cooking water.

2. Meanwhile, in a large deep skillet, cook the pancetta over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate. In the same skillet, add 3 tbsp. oil, the wine, tomato paste, garlic, and crushed red pepper. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add the escarole, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring often, until tender, about 5 minutes.

3. Stir the reserved pasta cooking water and the parsley into the escarole mixture. Toss in the pasta and pancetta; season. Divide among plates and drizzle with the remaining 2 tbsp. oil. Top with the ricotta salata and serve with the lemon wedges.

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