October 3, 2023


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Pasta alla Boscaiola (with sausage & mushrooms) – The Pasta Venture

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Pasta alla boscaiola is likely one of the most scrumptious conventional autumn/fall sausage and mushroom pasta recipes ever! Initially made with recent foraged mushrooms, significantly porcini, this Italian traditional is simply as scrumptious in case you use dried porcini and different varieties of mushrooms.

pasta alla boscaiola with sausage and mushrooms.

What does boscaiola imply?

In Italian, the phrase ‘boscaiola’ means woodsman or woodcutter. The identify comes from the truth that this recipe is historically based mostly on the preferred foraged meals to be discovered within the Italian woods, mushrooms. In Italy, most alla boscaiola recipes embrace porcini mushrooms. Porcini are the king of foraged mushrooms right here and given their divine, distinctive umami flavour, it’s not stunning!

Pasta alla boscaiola with sausage and mushrooms.

Can you employ different mushrooms?

In fact, in case you don’t have recent porcini you should use different wild mushrooms corresponding to chanterelles. It’s also possible to use cultivated mushrooms. I made this model of boscaiola pasta with portobello mushrooms and champignons. Prior to now, I’ve used pioppini and cremini. Nevertheless, pasta alla boscaiola with out porcini isn’t actually what it may very well be! So, for an genuine flavour add dried or frozen porcini too.

Ingredients for pasta alla boscaiola with sausage and mushrooms in white bowls  on marble worktop.
Step 1 Collect your substances: sausages, pancetta, mushrooms, onion, canned tomatoes and parsley.

The place does alla boscaiola come from?

You’ll find boscaiola pasta made in lots of elements of Italy, significantly the place mushroom looking is in style. The orginal model is claimed to come back from Tuscany and Emilia Romagna.

Broken up sausage meat and pancetta in white bowl. Chopped onion in white bowl. Cut mushrooms in 2 white bowls. Canned tomatoes in white bowl.
Step 2 Put together your substances.

Totally different variations of pasta alla boscaiola.

Though ‘purple’ boscaiola (with tomatoes) might be the unique solution to make this recipe, there isn’t really a single customary recipe for Italian pasta alla boscaiola. There are a variety of variations together with with or with out tomatoes or with cream as an alternative or cream as effectively. Many individuals make this pasta dish with peas. And the meat could be sausage or pancetta or each.  

Pancetta cubes and sausage meat in skillet.
Step 3 Brown the pancetta in a skillet after which add the sausage meat.

Recipes with cream.

Many Italians love the model with cream and no tomatoes (bianca), however after all this may make the dish style extra delicate and fewer strong, particularly when utilizing solely pancetta as an alternative of sausage as effectively. The cream must be recent and never long-life and it ought to be added on the finish, when the sauce is prepared.

Browned sausage meat and pancetta in skillet.
Step 4. Brown the sausage meat. Then take away it from the skillet along with the pancetta.

What kind of pasta goes effectively?

Italians make sausage and mushroom pasta alla boscaiola with differnt varieties of pasta and I believe you should use your favorite. The preferred are normally recent pasta ribbons corresponding to tagliatelle or dried penne. This time I made my boscaiola with campanelle, additionally referred to as gigli in Italy.

The campanelle pasta I used comes from a Sicilian firm, Pasta Minardo. They’re in Modica, Ragusa, part of Sicily we all know effectively. Minardo pasta is made with Sicilian heritage grains, plus it’s bronze extruded and natural. Advisable in case you come throughout it! (my opinion).

Fresh mushroom pieces in skillet with cooked onions.
Step 5 Sauté the onion in olive oil. Then add the recent mushrooms. Prepare dinner the mushrooms for 10 minutes. Then add the dried or frozen porcini if utilizing.

I believe campanelle is among the many prettiest wanting pasta sorts! Each bit of this conventional Tuscan pasta seems like a cone with ruffled edges. In Italian, ‘campanelle’ means bell flowers or little bells. Italians additionally name this pasta‘riccioli’ which means curls. Nevertheless, the extra frequent identify for it in Italy is gigli, which is the Italian phrase for lilies. The lily is the logo of Florence.

Cooked mushrooms in skillet with browned sauage meat and pancetta.
Step 6 Add the sausage meat and pancetta again to the pan. Combine with the mushrooms and add the wine.

What’s on this boscaiola sauce?

The sausage and mushroom boscaiola pasta recipe I adopted is predicated on what many imagine to be the unique recipe however, in Italy, that may depend upon which area you come from! Alla boscaiola is taken into account conventional in a lot of areas together with Campania, Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany.

Canned cherry tomatoes added to sausage, pancetta and mushrooms in skillet.
Step 7 As soon as the alcohol has evaporated, add the canned tomatoes or passata and blend it into the sauce. Season with salt and pepper.

I made it with frozen porcini (I wasn’t capable of finding recent ones) tomatoes, pancetta and sausage meat. I additionally added portobello and champignon mushrooms. In case you’d like so as to add peas, they’d go effectively with it too.

Boscaiola sauce in skillet.
Step 8 Simmer the sauce for about Half-hour.

Making this pasta alla boscaiola with sausage and mushrooms.

This can be a very straightforward crowd-pleasing recipe. In fact, it’s excellent in autumn when freshly picked mushrooms can be found, however makeable all 12 months spherical utilizing dried or frozen porcini and different recent mushrooms.

Ready boscaiola sausage and mushroom sauce in skillet and sprinkled with chopped fresh parsley.
Step 9 When the sauce is prepared, add some recent parsley.

In case you use dried porcini don’t neglect to soak them in some heat water for 20-Half-hour earlier than making the sauce. Drain them effectively, however don’t throw the water away! You possibly can add it to the sauce for a extra intense porcini flavour!

Dried campanelle pasta from pasta makers Minardo
Step 10. Prepare dinner the pasta al dente in keeping with the directions on the packet.

After making ready the substances, you simply have to brown the pancetta and sausage meat. Then take away out of your pan and sauté the onions and mushrooms. Add the dried or frozen mushrooms as soon as the others have began to melt and brown.

Cooked pasta in skillet with boscaiola sauce.
Step 11 Add the drained pasta to your boscaiola sauce and blend every part collectively.

Subsequent, add again the meats and pour within the wine. As soon as the alcohol has evaporated, add in your tomatoes. You should use canned peeled tomatoes, passata (purée) or recent peeled tomatoes. Season your boscaiola sauce and simmer for about Half-hour.

Ready campanelle pasta alla boscaiola in skillet.
Step 12 Serve your pasta alla boscaiola with extra recent parsley and grated Parmigiano or grana.

Lastly when your sauce is sort of prepared, prepare dinner the pasta, drain it and add it to the sauce. Combine every part collectively and serve with recent parsley and grated cheese if required.

What to do with leftovers.

You probably have any boscaiola pasta leftovers (it’s doable you received’t), my favorite factor is to bake them in a scorching oven topped with some scamorza or mozzarella or simply grated Parmigiano. I promise you, it’s outstandingly scrumptious. Alternatively simply reheat within the microwave.

Pasta alla boscaiola with sausage and mushrooms.

The sauce alone could be frozen. I don’t prefer to freeze cooked pasta as I believe it turns into mushy when reheated!

Let me know what you suppose.

I am keen on sausage meat in ragu and porcini are my all time favorite mushrooms. These two substances collectively make pasta alla boscaiola so very flavourful and hearty. This can be a fabulous recipe stuffed with warming earthy flavours that may have you ever and everybody round your desk going again for seconds. So, be sure to make sufficient!

Pasta alla boscaiola with sausage and mushrooms.

In case you make this pasta alla boscaiola with sausage and mushrooms, I’d love to listen to the way it seems and in case you favored it. So, please depart a remark right here on the weblog or on The Pasta Project Facebook page.

Trying ahead to listening to from you!

Buon appetito!

pasta alla boscaiola with sausage and mushrooms

Genuine pasta alla Boscaiola (with sausage and mushrooms)


Pasta alla boscaiola or woodman’s pasta is a hearty and flavourful straightforward to make traditional Italian pasta recipe initially based mostly on wild mushrooms foraged within the Italian woods. Nevertheless it is simply as scrumptious in case you use different varieties of recent or dried mushrooms.

Prep Time 20 minutes

Prepare dinner Time 40 minutes

Whole Time 50 minutes

Course Predominant Course

Delicacies Italian, Mediterranean, Tuscany

Servings 4

Energy 859 kcal


  • 12 oz campanelle pasta (360g) or tagliatelle, penne and many others
  • 1 lb mushrooms (500g) normally 40g (1.5oz) porcini, recent or dried plus champignons, cremini, pioppini and many others
  • 3.5 oz pancetta reduce into small cubes
  • 10.5 oz pork sausage meat faraway from casing and chopped
  • 1 onion peeled and finely chopped
  • ½ glass white wine
  • 14 oz tomato passata (400g) or canned peeled tomatoes or each.
  • 1.5 oz Parmigiano cheese (40g) grated for serving
  • salt for pasta and to style
  • black pepper to style
  • 3-4 tbsp further virgin olive oil
  • 1 handful recent parsley chopped


  • Put a big pan of water on to boil for the pasta. Add salt as soon as it begins to boil and convey to the boil once more.

  • Warmth slightly olive oil in a frying pan or skillet and add the pancetta. Prepare dinner till it begins to brown. Add the chopped sausage meat and brown it for a couple of minutes too

  • Take away the meat from the skillet and add olive oil and chopped onion. When the onion has began to melt add the recent mushrooms.

  • Prepare dinner the mushrooms till they begin to soften after which add the frozen or dried porcini. Combine collectively and prepare dinner for a minute or two extra.

  • Add again the meats and pour within the white wine. When the alcohol has evaporated, add the tomatoes/tomato passata. Season, combine and simmer on a low warmth for about Half-hour. Add some recent parsley.

  • In the meantime, prepare dinner the pasta al dente in keeping with the directions on the packet, drain the pasta  and add it to the pan with the sauce.

  • Combine every part collectively within the pan.

  • Serve instantly with extra chopped parsley and further grated Parmigiano as required.


It’s also possible to add peas to this recipe. Add them to the sauce 5 minutes earlier than it’s prepared if they’re frozen. If they’re recent add them with the tomato passata.
In case you use dried porcini don’t neglect to soak them in some heat water for 20-Half-hour earlier than making the sauce. Drain them effectively, however don’t throw the water away. You possibly can add it to the sauce for a extra intense porcini flavour!

Key phrase boscaiola, campanelle pasta, porcini pasta, sausage and mushroom pasta, sausage pasta

Campanelle pasta alla boscaiola on white plate.

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