Fettucine with Mushroom Sauce

Thursday, 23 February 2012
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This foolproof recipe from Julie Biuso's Viva L'Itali cookbook is the surest way to your impress your guests without having to slog in the kitchen. I've made the mushroom sauce more times than I can remember with countless requests to share the recipe. This is the original recipe but you can just about use any kinds of mushrooms - wild, chestnut, portabellini or oyster as long as skip the first step. If you don't care for spring onion, replace it with flat leaf parsley as I've done here.


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Serves 4 as a main course.

30g (1 tightly packed cup) dried porcini (or cepe) mushrooms
50g butter
1 spring onions, finely sliced
salt
freshly ground
70g ham off the bone, sliced and cut into thin strips
125ml (1/2 cup) cream
400g fettuccine
freshly grated parmesan cheese for serving

1. Put the porcini mushrooms in a small saucepan using 250ml(1 cup) hot water and bring it to a simmer for 10 minutes. Reserve 175ml of the strained porcini liquid.
2. Heat a large frypan over a medium heat and add the butter. When it is sizzling, add the spring onions and cook until they are wilted and a pale golden color.
3. Mix in the chopped porcini mushrooms, stir well, sprinkle with salt and grind on some black pepper.
4. Pour in the reserved porcini mushroom liquid and bring the sauce to the boil. Lower the heat and cook gently for about 15 minutes or until reduced by about two-thirds (the porcini should be floating in the liquid but not drowned in it).
5. Add the ham and cream, cook gently for a minute or two until combined, then turn off the heat.
6. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in plenty of gently boiling, well salted water until al dente. Drain briefly and turn into a heated serving dish. Pour on the sauce, toss well and serve immediately with parmesan cheese.




27 comments:

  1. I *have* to make this soon. I'm drooling over the pictures even now--and that's after having eaten dinner. Thank you!

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    1. It's remarkable easy to make. Let me know how you like it.

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  2. Fettucini with Alfredo sauce with mushroom is one of my favorite dishes in the world! I rarely cook but am seriously going to save this and try to make it, dumb question but for 2 do I just divide everything in half?

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    1. Kat, just half the recipe. I normally add more mushrooms than the recommended amount. It doesn't matter if you've got too much porcini stock or cream, just continue simmering until you've reduced the sauce.

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  3. I'm definitely going to try this recipe on the weekend, looks delish! :)

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  4. Yum-o. Definitely going to have to try this soon!

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  5. This look absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing :) Now you just need a glass of vino!

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  6. I'm always on the lookout for easy pasta recipes and this one looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Is this the receipe for the scrummy pasta you made for that lunch we had? Your receipes are the best! You keep me so well fed.

    xx Mandi
    www.findmeamuse.com

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    1. Yup, this is the one! I'm happy to have such an appreciative guest :)

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    2. Honestly, the flight from Austrlia to the UK is worth it if only to sit at your dinner table (and have the great company).

      I'll be making the pasta tomorrow night. I'll give you an update on my culinary skills after that :) xx

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    3. Mandi, you're so easy to please :) Can't wait to have you over again on your next visit.

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  8. YUM M!! This looks so good!! And poor Little L's finger! Hope she's okay!

    xo, sam

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    1. It's a teeny tiny paper cut. We go through a whole box of band-aids for the slightest mishap. So miniscule you'll need a microscope to see that it's a cut.

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  9. Did someone say fettuccine?!!! LOL I love it and portabello mushrooms. So trying this M! Oooh paper cuts hurt the worse. Hope she feels better.
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  10. This looks delicious! Too bad my boyfriend hates mushrooms :( I will have to make this sneakily!

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  11. Perfect timing! I was just thinking about what to make for dinner! I guess we will try this tonight. Thank you.

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  12. I LOVE pasta and mushroom!! This recipe sounds like heaven to my tummy. Wish i live next door to you

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  13. that looks DELCIOUS, I love pasta of any sorts lol

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  14. this looks amazing! and not super unhealthy like they serve in restaurants.

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  15. I made this last night and got thumbs up from DH! This is going in my recipe book for sure. Thanks again for sharing!! Delish!

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  16. YUM! fettucine is my absolute favorite pasta noodle! and i LOVE a good cream sauce.. and the hubs loves mushrooms.. i will be attempting this recipe this weekend :)!!!

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  17. This sounds achievable for the dumb chef in me. ;p

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  18. I'm always on the lookout for easy pasta recipes and this one looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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