Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Farfalle Abruzzese & Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico Riserva

By: The Food Hunter

I often times will turn to my Batali cookbook collection for dinner inspiration. I recently came across his recipe for Farfalle Abruzzese and decided to give it a try.  Finally chopped porcini mushrooms, ground veal and tomato paste are turned into a simple yet rich sauce in this easy to make recipe perfect for a romantic night at home. I omitted the spinach for personal reasons but otherwise recreated the dish exactly.

Wine Recommendation:

Although Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico Riserva is unmistakably Tuscan in origin, it pairs fabulously with this classic Abruzze veal pasta.  The dominant flavors include violets, plums, cherries, orange peel, earth, licorice, cedar and smoke. Its richness, brightness and complexity are just the perfect combination to pair with this classic regional dish for the most authentic food and wine experience.

Farfalle Abruzzese
(adapted from Mario Batali)
Serves 6 as a main course

3 ounces dried porcini mushrooms, soaked in 2 cups hot water for 10 minutes
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 ½ pounds ground veal shoulder
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup double-concentrated tomato paste
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup basic tomato sauce (recipe below)
1 ½ pounds farfalle pasta

½ cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano

1. Drain the porcini, reserving the soaking liquid, and coarsely chop the porcini. Strain the soaking liquid through a fine-mesh sieve, and set it aside.

2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook until it is lightly toasted. Add the veal and the chopped porcini, and cook, stirring, over medium-high heat until the meat is well browned, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and add the tomato paste. Cook over high heat, stirring constantly, until the paste turns a rust color, 5 minutes. Then add the wine and 1 cup of the strained porcini soaking liquid, and cook for 5 minutes, until the wine has almost completely evaporated. Add the tomato sauce and reduce the heat to a very low simmer.

3. Bring 8 quarts of water to a boil in a large spaghetti pot, and add 2 tablespoons salt.

4. Drop the farfalle into the water and cook for 1 minute less than the package instructions indicate. Just before the pasta is done, carefully ladle ¼ cup of the cooking water into the veal mixture.

5. Drain the pasta in a colander, and add it to the veal mixture. Toss over medium heat for about 30 seconds, until the pasta is nicely coated. Pour into a warmed serving bowl and serve immediately, with the grated pecorino on the side.

Yield: 4 cups

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 Spanish onion, chopped in 1/4-inch dice
4 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves, or 1 tablespoon dried
1/2 medium carrot, finely shredded
2 (28-ounce) cans peeled whole tomatoes, crushed by hand and juices reserved
Salt, to taste

In a 3-quart saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft and light golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add the thyme and carrot and cook 5 minutes more, until the carrot is quite soft. Add the tomatoes and juice and bring to a boil, stirring often. Lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes until as thick as hot cereal. Season with salt and serve.
This sauce holds 1 week in the refrigerator or up to 6 months in the freezer.


  1. I love the amazing flavour that dried porcini mushrooms bring to a dish!

  2. My kids will love this. Looks super delicious.

  3. Wow! Now I am craving this for dinner! Looks amazingly delicious and savory!

  4. what a homey plate of pasta - perfect comfort food

  5. I bet the porcini mushrooms add a glorious flavour. I could eat a whole bowl of this now

  6. I think farfalle makes the dish more fun! :) The sounds sounds pretty tasty too!

  7. I love pasta so much! I will eat it every which way. This looks awesome!

  8. The sauce looks so rich and flavorful - putting this on the list for date night!

  9. The sauce looks so rich and flavorful - putting this on the list for date night!

  10. This looks like a great dinner! I think my family will love it!

  11. I love everything about this dish! Simply delicious!

  12. I don't think I have ever seen double-concentrated tomato paste. Will have to look for it! This sounds fantastic.

  13. I really don't use veal enough, but this looks amazing, so I need to make it!

  14. Love love love this kind of food, this is the kind of thing Pete and I love to cook and eat. So much flavour and great texture.

  15. this pasta is so full of flavors, i will make this recipe, thanks