I'll never pass up the opportunity to make a homemade pasta dish. I find the process of kneading and rolling out the dough therapeutic and a great way to destress at the end of a long day. This dish was inspired by the 'Fun Run' episode of the office in which Michael decides to carbo load with a huge bowl of fettuccine Alfredo right before the big race. This is definitely not a classic Alfredo but it has the salty savoury notes from the bacon in place of the ham and is otherwise just as creamy and delicious. Making it without making the homemade pasta makes it an even easier weeknight meal.
Time: 30 minutes (store bought pasta)
60 minutes (Homemade Pasta)
Serves: 4 people
Difficulty: Easy (store bought)
2 Cups 00 Flour
3 Whole Eggs
3 Egg Yolks
OR 500g Dried Fettuccine Pasta
6 Rashers of Bacon
1 Tbsp Butter
250g Mushrooms of your choice
4 Cloves of garlic
2 Tsp Dried Oregano
100ml Dry White Wine
50g Fresh Parsley
Salt & Pepper
For the pasta pulse the flour and eggs in a processor till just coming together, tip onto a clean floured surface and knead for 10 minutes then rest for 30 minutes before rolling out and cutting into fettuccine. You can find a video on basic pasta dough on our IGTV feed.
For fresh pasta cook in salted boiling water for 3-4 minutes, for store bought cook as per the package instructions. Make sure to reserve a cup of pasta water for use later.
Start the sauce by dicing the bacon and adding to a cold pan before turning the heat to medium. Allow the fat to fully render and the bacon to begin to crisp before removing from the pan
Add the crushed garlic to the bacon fat on medium low heat and cook for 1 minute before adding the chopped mushrooms, butter and oregano. Season with salt and pepper and fry for 3-4 minutes before deglazing the pan with the wine.
Allow the alcohol to cook off before adding the cream and returning the bacon to the pan. Simmer on low to thicken and add some pasta water to help thicken the sauce up as well.
Add the cooked pasta to the pan with the sauce and toss everything together before garnishing with fresh parsley and parmesan.