Spelt spaghetti with wild mushrooms and Parmesan cream

Spelt spaghetti with wild mushrooms and Parmesan cream

Spaghetti di farro con funghi e crema di parmigiano

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From
Venice
Serves
4
Photographer
Helen Cathcart

Paolo Lazzari, who runs a restaurant called Vini da Gigio, loves his food and is justly proud of his wine list. He runs the restaurant with his sister, Laura, and chef Davide. They took it on from their late parents to keep on the family tradition. Paolo is wheat intolerant so many of the dishes are low in gluten. Yet he is able to eat spelt (an ancient wheat). We tried his spelt pasta made with chanterelles and a cream of Parmesan made from the 24-month old variety, which is crumbly, dry and full of intense flavour. I really like this cheese cream and in fact it is a useful sauce for all sorts of dishes. A Venetian luxury would be to top with some shaved black truffle.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
320g dried spaghetti, such as spelt, wholewheat or white
5 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, peeled and lightly crushed
sprig rosemary
5 sprigs thyme
250g chestnut or wild mushrooms, sliced, such as chanterelles
10g dried porcini, soaked in 100 ml water for 15 minutes, (optional)
extra-virgin olive oil, to serve

For the parmesan cream

Quantity Ingredient
50g parmesan, finely grated
100ml cream

Method

  1. Put the spaghetti into a large pan of fiercely boiling well-salted water and stir through. Cook according to the packet instructions. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a high heat, add the garlic, rosemary and 4 sprigs of the thyme and cook for a 2 minutes. If using the porcini take them out of the water when soft and slice. Add all the mushrooms to the pan and fry them for 5–7 minutes until cooked through and the water has evaporated from them. Remove the pan from the heat and discard the sprigs of rosemary and thyme.
  2. To make the cheese cream, melt the Parmesan into the cream in a small pan and keep over a very low heat.
  3. Drain the pasta as soon as it is ready and tip it into the mushroom mixture allowing a little of the cooking water to drip into the sauce to loosen it. Toss through and serve in warm bowls drizzled with the cheese cream, a swirl of extra-virgin olive oil and the rest of the thyme leaves pulled from the stems.
Tags:
Venice
Giancarlo
Katie
Caldesi
Venetian
Italian
European
Mediterranean
Italy
Europe
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