• Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, any variety, cleaned and sliced
  • 6 ounces pancetta, diced
  • 2 tablespoons pinoli (pine nuts)
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 pound fusilli or penne
  • Grated Parmigiano

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  1. In a large skillet, over medium heat sauté the onion in the olive oil until golden. Add the mushrooms and cook until they lose their liquid and are browned. Cover and set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
  3. In another skillet, over medium heat, sauté the pancetta in a little olive oil until crisp. Remove the pancetta with a slotted spoon and add to mushrooms. In the skillet where the pancetta was cooked, add the pinoli and sauté, over medium-low heat until golden brown. Add the pinoli to the mushroom and pancetta mixture. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  4. Cook the pasta until al dente (about 2 minutes less than the package directions). Drain, and retain 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Add the pasta to the mushroom mixture and cook together for 1 minute. Add a little of the retained cooking water if the mixture seems too dry.
  5. Serve with grated Parmigiano.