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Creamy Prosciutto and Porcini Penne

Creamy Prosciutto and Porcini Penne


  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 pound penne rigate, regular or whole wheat

  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock

  • 1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 1/4-1/2 pound Prosciutto di Parma (ask at the deli counter for prosciutto ends, which are sold at a discount), cut into 1/4-inch dice

  • 1/2 pound crimini mushrooms, sliced

  • 1 large shallot, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • About 1/2 cup Marsala or dry white wine

  • Grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, for tossing

  • Flat leaf parsley, finely chopped, for garnish


Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the starchy cooking water.

While the pasta is working, in a small saucepan, bring the chicken stock and porcinis to a boil. Simmer until softened, 8-10 minutes. Puree in a food processor.

Meanwhile,in a large skillet, heat the EVOO, three turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the prosciutto and stir until the fat renders, a couple of minutes. Add the criminis and cook until browned, about 10 minutes. Add the shallot and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Stir in the cream and Marsala. Stir in the mushroom puree and cook at a fairly rapid bubble, stirring, until reduced, 10 minutes.

Add the pasta and reserved cooking water to the sauce. Add the cheese as you toss. Serve in shallow bowls; top with parsley.