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Cacio e Porcini Paradiso

Pasta BURSTING with umami flavor from a porcini Paradiso sauce, LOADED with luxuriously creamy burrata cheese and earthy mushrooms! Decadent comfort food to the max!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Side, Entree, Pasta, Lunch, Dinner
Cuisine: Californian, Italian
Servings: 4
Author: Daniela Gerson

Ingredients

  • kosher salt
  • 1/2 pound long pasta such as pappardelle, tagliatelle or spaghetti (8oz)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • ½ pound mushrooms (8oz) any variety or a mix, cleaned, trimmed and sliced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Porcini Paradiso
  • 2 ounces Pecorino Romano cheese very finely grated (on a Microplane or the smallest
  • holes of a box grater)
  • 8 oz balls fresh burrata cheese 8oz balls

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to boil; add pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until about 2 minutes less than the package directions (it will finish cooking in the sauce). Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water.
  • Meanwhile, met 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, season with salt and cook until they release their juices and begin to caramelize, about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add the Porcini Paradiso; cook, swirling the pan, until very fragrant, about 1 minute. Add a pinch of salt and stir; take 1 tablespoon of this porcini Paradiso mixture out and set aside.
  • Add ½ cup of the reserved pasta water to the porcini Paradiso skillet; bring to a simmer. Add pasta and remaining tablespoon of butter to the skillet; toss with tongs until pasta is evenly coated and perfectly al dente. (Add more pasta water if sauce seems dry.)
  • Remove pan from heat and add pecorino; stirring and tossing with tongs until cheese melts.
  • Transfer pasta to serving dish or bowl, top with sauteed mushrooms and pieces of burrata cheese then drizzle with remaining porcini Paradiso mixture.

Notes

  • Absolutely start with heavily salting your pasta water! Salted water flavors the pasta from the inside out as the pasta absorbs the water, leading to tastier pasta.
  • Let the Porcini Paradiso bloom in the olive oil butter mixture until very fragrant! To release more of the dreamy blends flavor and infuse the base of our sauce! 
  • For a perfectly al dente finished dish, undercook the pasta in boiling water by 1-2 minutes! 
  • Remember to save some of that starchy pasta water for the sauce!
 
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