Spaghetti with Mushrooms and Bacon

Posted by: on Feb 3, 2009 | 17 Comments

My mushroom obsession has been well established here. I put them on pizzas and in soup, lasagnas, you name it.  I love this pasta dish because the flavors of the mushrooms are really enhanced by the other flavors. The shitakes cooked in the bacon fat were amazing. Of course anything cooked in bacon fat is amazing, but this really brought out the woodsy smokiness of the mushrooms. The crisp bacon also adds a nice crunch to the texture of the pasta. The mushroom mixture would also be really good over simple roast chicken breasts. You could pair other mushrooms with this but the shitakes are essential for their flavor, and the stems are used to make the broth. They are very woody, and it pains me to waste them. So, I decided it was time to incorporate them in a recipe. I thought they added another layer of mushroom flavor to the sauce.

4 slices of bacon
2 tbsp olive oil
3.5 oz. shitake mushrooms sliced, reserve the stems
8 oz. cremini mushrooms
2 Portobello mushroom caps, sliced into bite sized pieces
1 garlic clove finely minced
3 tbsp good quality sherry
1 bay leaf
2 cups of water
3 tbsp crème fraiche
2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
Salt and pepper
¾ pound of spaghetti

Cook the bacon in a large pot or saucepan over medium high heat until crisp, drain on paper towel. Add additional olive oil (the exact amount needed  will vary depending on the fattiness of the bacon, the bottom of the pan should be covered), add the mushrooms. Allow the mushrooms time to brown on each side and add salt and pepper.
In a small separate pot bring water, shitake mushroom stems and a bay leaf to a boil. Allow to reduce until you have about a ½ cup of liquid. Strain and reserve. In another large pot, bring pasta water to a boil and cook until al dente.

Add the chopped garlic to the mushrooms and cook for a minute. Add the sherry and reserved mushroom broth. Allow to reduce slightly and add the crème fraiche and taste for salt and pepper. I found I really needed to add a lot of pepper, about ½ tsp and 3/4 tsp of salt. Remove from the heat and add the drained spaghetti to the pot and chopped fresh dill and reserved bacon. Use tongs to combine. Serve immediately with additional chopped dill and bacon if desired.

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17 Comments

  1. Kevin
    February 3, 2009

    Creamy mushroom and bacon pasta is one of my favorite ways to enjoy mushrooms! This pasta looks great! I like the use of dill in it!

  2. jillian
    February 3, 2009

    Thanks Kevin! I love to use dill with sherry and cream.

  3. kat
    February 4, 2009

    That is one pretty looking dish of pasta

  4. Donna
    February 4, 2009

    Wow. Does this ever look fantastic!!! Love bacon and mushrooms, how clever to use it over pasta!

  5. pigpigscorner
    February 4, 2009

    Looks amazing. I love mushrooms and bacon. Great flavours there.

  6. Happy Cook
    February 5, 2009

    Wow these look so yummy. Wish i had this for my dinner. I love mushrooms, bookmarking these for sure.

  7. Dragon
    February 5, 2009

    This is exactly what I want for dinner tonight. Wish I had seen it earlier. :)

  8. Carmen
    February 6, 2009

    Your blog is beautiful! I’m so glad you stopped by and visited mine so I could discvoer your blog. I’ll definitely be subscribing to your RSS feed. This pasta dish looks like a great weeknight meal!

  9. jillian
    February 6, 2009

    Thanks all! This is really one of my favorite savory things I have made in a while.

  10. Sharona May
    February 8, 2009

    Looks very good. I am a fan of bacon in certain pasta dishes. MMM> How can it be wrong!

  11. clumbsycookie
    February 9, 2009

    That is my kind of dish! I could eat this anyday of the week!

  12. elra
    February 11, 2009

    Wow, mushroom, bacon, dill, and crème frâiche …this sounds divine. Love it.
    Cheers,
    Elra

  13. Rosa
    February 12, 2009

    This pasta dish looks fantastic! I bet it tastes as good as it looks! Wonderful!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  14. Lori
    February 18, 2009

    This is amazing – I guess this is a new twist on your Italian roots!!

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