Pasta with Pancetta and Mushroom Cream Sauce

    35 minutes

    I threw this dish together for lunch one day with what I had around and it was so good I saved the recipe.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 375g penne pasta
    • 90g pancetta, diced
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 300g sliced mushrooms
    • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
    • 1/2 cup thickened cream
    • 1/4 teaspoon Italian herbs
    • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and set aside. Meanwhile, cook pancetta in a large frypan over medium heat until browned but not crispy, about 5 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate and set aside.
    2. Pour pancetta grease out of the frypan and add butter. Increase heat to medium-high and stir in sliced mushrooms. Cook and stir until the mushrooms have softened and released their liquid. Add the minced garlic and cook 2 more minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, then stir in cream and Italian herbs. Simmer until the sauce has thickened slightly.
    3. To serve, toss the cooked penne with the sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

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    My family loved it! It was definitely a restaurant quality dish. I substituted evaporated milk for the cream and added some Parmesan cheese to the sauce during cooking. Fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, and shredded Parmesan garnished the top. We will be making this again.  -  09 Oct 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I tried this last night and it was very good! I did kind of wing it when it came to ingredient amounts. The only thing I may do differently next time is add in a bit of chicken stock to make it a little less rich. I also added way more than the 1/2 cup of cream, just because I was afraid it wouldn't be enough sauce for us and I'm glad I did. There are a lot of possibilities for the recipe. It would be great w/ chopped tomatoes on top. Thanks for the recipe!  -  24 Oct 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was pretty good however it does need twice the sauce. We used bacon instead of pancetta. And it was still good!  -  26 Nov 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)