Pink spaghetti chitarra with wild mushrooms


First published in 2021
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Begin by making the pasta. Beat the egg in a bowl with the beetroot purée
Place the flour in a bowl, add the salt and mix well. Make a well in the middle and pour in the beaten egg mixture. Working from the centre outwards, start to mix the egg into the flour until a dough forms. Knead slightly until smooth and pliable, then leave to rest for 30 minutes covered with a damp cloth
Use a rolling pin to roll out the pasta dough until 5mm thick, then press through a Chitarra machine (you could also use a sharp knife to cut the pasta into very thin strips). Place the spaghetti on a flour-dusted surface and set aside to cook later
Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil
While you wait for the water to boil, place the oil in a frying pan and add the shallots and garlic. Cook over a low heat for 2 minutes
Turn up the heat to high, then add the mushrooms and thyme. Stir well, add the wine and bring to a simmer. Once the wine has reduced completely, add the vegetable stock and cream, then leave to reduce by half over a low heat for around 7 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste, then keep warm
Cook the pasta for 2 minutes in the boiling water, then drain and add to the sauce. Mix well, then add in a little of the parsley and cheese (reserving some for garnishing)
To serve, divide the dressed pasta between 2 serving dishes, using a metal ring to shape it into a neat cylinder if desired. Sprinkle with a little parsley, with some extra Parmesan on the side
First published in 2021
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