Porcini Lovers' Tagliatelle

porcini lovers tagliatelle
  • 4Servings


  • About 2 oz. dried sliced porcini mushrooms
  • About 1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • About 3 tbsp. EVOO
  • 1 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 rounded tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound fresh or 12 oz. dried egg tagliatelle
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • A fat handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano


Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta.

Place the mushrooms in a small saucepan. Add enough stock to just cover, about 1 1/2 cups. Bring to a simmer over medium, reduce the heat to low, and keep warm until the mushrooms are reconstituted, 15 to 20 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the mushrooms to a work surface; chop. Reserve the mushroom soaking liquid.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the EVOO, three turns of the pan, over medium. Add the onion, garlic and thyme; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until softened, 10 to 12 minutes. Add the tomato paste and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the wine; simmer until reduced by half, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and the reserved soaking liquid (avoid any grit that may have settled in the pan). Stir in the butter; reduce the heat to low.

Salt the boiling water and add the pasta. Cook, stirring often, until al dente. Add a ladle of starchy cooking water to the sauce, then drain the pasta.

Add lemon juice and parsley to the sauce, then the pasta and some cheese; toss to coat. Serve in shallow bowls and top with more cheese.