Pappardelle with mixed mushroom ragù

Preparation time
less than 30 mins

Cooking time
10 to 30 mins

Serves 4


By Gennaro Contaldo


For the pappardelle

  • 200g/7oz ‘00’ flour
  • 2 large free-range eggs

For the mushroom ragù

  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • ½ red chilli, finely chopped
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 20g/¾oz dried porcini, reconstituted in a little warm water
  • 500g/1lb 2oz mixed wild or cultivated mushrooms, cleaned and roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp white wine
  • 400g tin chopped plum tomatoes
  • 300ml/10fl oz hot vegetable stock
  • grated Parmesan (or alternative vegetarian hard cheese), to serve
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. To make the pappardelle, put the flour in a large mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the eggs and mix together to form a dough. Cover and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

  2. Roll the pasta out using a pasta maker and cut into thick pappardelle strips ready to cook.

  3. To make the mushroom ragù, heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat, add the onion, celery, carrot, garlic, chilli and thyme, and sauté for about 5 minutes until softened. Squeeze out the soaked dried porcini (reserve the soaking water) and stir into the pan. Add the fresh mushrooms and sauté for 1 minute or so.

  4. Increase the heat, add the white wine and allow to evaporate. Add the tomatoes, the reserved porcini soaking water and the stock, and season with some salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat, partially cover with a lid and cook gently for 45 minutes.

  5. Just before the mushroom ragù is ready, bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook the pappardelle pasta until al dente, about 2–3 minutes.

  6. Drain the pasta and combine well with the ragù. Serve with a sprinkling of grated Parmesan.

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