Pancetta, Tomato & Mascarpone Fettuccine

This is one of those recipes I have on a tiny, stained piece of paper.  It’s shoved in my giant binder of recipes that I’ve pulled from magazines or printed from websites.  It’s practically committed to memory.   I’m not sure where the original idea for this recipe came from, but it’s current iteration is a family favorite.
pancetta, tomato & mascarpone fettuccine | Cheater Bites

you will need:
1 large sweet onion, diced
6 oz. pancetta, cubed *
1-28 oz. can plum (or crushed) tomatoes
1 lb. fettuccine
8 oz. mascarpone cheese
handful fresh basil, roughly chopped
olive oil
salt & pepper

Heat a large saucepan over medium heat and add a couple tablespoons of olive oil.  Toss in the onion and cook until translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes.  Add your pancetta and sauté until the fat is rendered and the edges begin to brown, about 8 minutes more.  Meanwhile, get your water ready for cooking the pasta.  Cook fettuccine al dente according to package directions.

Add the tomatoes to the pan, crushing them with your hands as you add them to the pan.  Do not add in the liquid, it will make the sauce too thin.  {You could use a can of crushed tomatoes instead of plum.  I just prefer the flavor and texture of doing it myself.}  Bring sauce to a simmer and cook for another 8 to 10 minutes.

Just before the pasta is ready, add the mascarpone to the sauce and mix well.  Drain pasta, reserving about ½ cup of the cooking water, and place directly into the pan with the sauce.  Toss well and season with salt and pepper to taste.  If the sauce needs thinned, add some of the reserved pasta water.  Serve in bowls and top with chopped basil.

*You can buy pancetta from a good Italian deli counter and ask them to cube it for you.  Large grocery stores usually have packages of diced pancetta, which makes life super easy.  If you don’t feel like searching for it, you can easily replace the pancetta with a thick cut bacon instead!

serves: 4
time: 30 minutes
from: CB original

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2 Comments

  1. Posted December 17, 2013 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    This is my first time visiting your blog and I am absolutely a new fan! This looks so decadent and easy to make. I am a pasta addict, so thank you for sharing!

    • Ali
      Posted December 22, 2013 at 12:08 am | Permalink

      Thanks for stopping by Courtney! I am a pasta addict myself, it’s such delicious comfort food! Let me know how this recipe works out for you!

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