Spinach Tagliatelle with Ham-Mushroom Sauce

Spinach Tagliatelle with Ham-Mushroom Sauce
  • 4Servings


  • salt and pepper
  • 1 pound spinach tagliatelle
  • 1/4 cup EVOO
  • 1/2 pound cremini mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1/4 pound chunk pancetta or guanciale, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1/4 pound chunk prosciutto cotto or other mild ham, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 3/4 pound ground veal
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 - 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • nutmeg, for grating
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated grana padano or parmigiano-reggiano (a generous handful)


Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.

While the pasta is working, in a dutch oven, heat the EVOO, 4 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring, until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the pancetta and prosciutto and cook until crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Crumble in the veal (I use a potato masher). Cook until lightly browned. Add the onion, garlic and bay leaf; season with salt, pepper and grated nutmeg. Partially cover and cook until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the tomato paste for 1 minute. Add the stock, wine and milk; simmer at a rapid bubble, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 10 minutes. Discard the bay leaf.

Add the pasta, reserved pasta cooking water and cheese to the sauce; toss. Serve in shallow bowls.