Pasta alla Norcina

pasta alla norcina
The dish derives from the town of Norcia and is named after the spicy salami produced by Norcia’s artisans who are real experts, and famous worldwide, in the production of salami and sausages.
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Preparation time 10 min
  • Cooking time 40 min
  • Serves 5

Ingredients

  • 7 tbsp Filippo Berio Umbro Gran Cru Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 220 gr pork sausage, casing removed, crumbled
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 450 gr orecchiette
  • 1 garlic cloves, minced
  • 220 gr fresh porcini mushrooms,cleaned and pureed coarsely in a food processor
  • 1/2 tbsp minced fresh rosemary
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • sea salt
  • 1/2 cup dry white win
  • 60 gr Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
  • 2 tbsps minced fresh parsley
  • 3 tbsps lemon juice

Method

Heat 4 tbs extra virgin in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until slightly hot. Add the sausage and cook it until lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes, mixing frequently. Remove pan from heat, transfer sausage a to bowl and add cream. Mix and set aside.
Cook pasta in boiling salted water until al dente, drain and reserve 1 1/2 cups cooking water. While pasta cooks, place a large skillet to medium heat. Add 3 tbs
extra virgin, garlic, mushrooms, and pinch salt cook, stirring frequently, until mushrooms are cooked, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir 1/2 teaspoon rosemary,freshly ground black pepper and nutmeg to taste. Cook for 3 minutes. Pour in wine, and cook until completely evaporated. Stir in sausage/cream mixture and 1/3 cup reserved cooking water. Simmer until meat is no longer pink, 1 to 3 minutes. Remove pan from heat and stir in Pecorino until smooth. Tranfer the cooked pasta to sauce. Add parsley, and lemon juice to pasta and blend well. Cook together for 1 minute. Before serving, adjust consistency with remaining reserved cooking water if neededand season with salt and pepper to taste.

Wine pairing

Pasta alla Norcina combines the succulence and savouriness of sausages with the richness of heavy cream and the slight sweetness of the pasta. The wine to pair with it should have a dry and slightly acidic palate, as the Torcigliano Chardonnay DOC from Umbria, which will beautifully balance the richness of the ingredients.