Adapted from Memorie di Angelina
- 500g (1 lb) penne
- 100g (3-1/2 oz) pancetta, cubed
- 1 or 2 garlic clove, slightly crushed and peeled
- 250g (8 oz) mushrooms, roughly chopped (see Notes)
- A fresh sage leaf and a sprig of parsley, finely chopped
- 250ml (1 cup) passata di pomodoro or crushed canned tomatoes
- Salt and pepper
- Olive oil
- Start with a soffritto, this one consisting of some cubed pancetta and a crushed garlic clove sauteed in olive oil over moderate heat. (As always, make sure that the garlic hardly browns.)
- Once you scent the garlic’s aroma, add some roughly chopped mushrooms (125g or 4 oz. for 2 people), raise the heat to high, give the mushroom a good flip (or a stir if you’re feeling timid) to coat them with the soffritto-infused oil and continue sauteing. Very soon thereafter, add a pinch of salt to encourage the mushrooms to give off their liquid. Continue until the mushroom liquid as evaporated completely. You will begin to hear the mushrooms sizzle.
- add a few sage leaves and a sprig of parsley, both nicely chopped, a good grinding of black pepper, and mix well with the mushrooms.
- When the mushrooms are quite tender and just begin to brown around the edges, add a good dollop of passata di pomodoro or crushed canned tomatoes. Lower the heat and allow the sauce to simmer gently until the tomatoes have reduced and separately from the oil, having turned a nice darkish color, somewhere between red and mahogany.
- Meanwhile, you will have cooked your penne in well salted boiling water until very al dente. Add the penne to the pan, mix well and allow it to simmer gently for a few moments with the sauce.
- Serve immediately.
We cooked this last weekend, and it was fabulous. Great big saucepan courtesy of Jesse.