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Wild Mushroom Broken Spaghetti Risotto with Arugula and Hazelnuts

Wild Mushroom Broken Spaghetti Risotto with Arugula and Hazelnuts


  • 1 package dried mixed wild mushrooms or porcini mushrooms

  • 1 quart chicken stock

  • 2 cups water

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus a drizzle

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 2 large cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 pound spaghetti, broken into small pieces

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine

  • 3/4 cup hazelnuts

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 3/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano, (a few handfuls)

  • 4 cups arugula

  • 1/2 lemon, juiced


Place mushrooms, stock and water in a sauce pot and heat, keep warm on low.

Heat a medium sauté pan or risotto pan with 3 tablespoons EVOO, 3 turns of the pan, over medium to medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic to pan, season with salt and pepper, to taste, and sauté until tender 4-5 minutes. Add pasta and toast until deeply golden in color and very nutty in fragrance, 6-7 minutes. Stir in wine and let it cook away, 1 minute. Ladle in stock every few minutes, stirring for a good minute with each addition of stock to develop starches. Evaporate almost all of the liquid before each addition of stock. Pasta will cook up quicker then rice. Start tasting after about 8-9 minutes of cooking time once you begin to add stock. When you are down to the last cup of your liquids, remove mushrooms, chop and add to pasta.

While the pasta cooks, toast hazelnuts in a skillet until fragrant. Peel nuts by rubbing the skins off in a clean kitchen towel.

When pasta is cooked to al dente, stir butter into the pan then stir in the cheese.

Dress arugula with lemon juice, a drizzle EVOO, and salt and pepper, to taste.

Serve risotto in shallow bowls topped with greens and nuts.

NOTE: Oven Roasted Chicken Tenders Saltimbocca may be sliced and served atop or as a first or second course to meal.