Lumberjack Mushroom Penne (+ a cookbook review)
Oh man. This pasta.
It might be my favorite pasta in the history of pastas. And just wait until you see the ingredient list. It’sÂ so simple.
I’m participating in a blogging book tour (hosted by Ginny of Cooking with Chopin, Living with Elmo) for the cookbook A Family Farm in Tuscany. I chose to make this pasta which in Italian is called Penne alla BoscaiolaÂ - that just sounds delicious, right? Like I said, it’s so simple! It’s just a basic red sauce but with a ton of mushrooms. My kids don’t eat mushrooms but they gobbled this up and asked for seconds.
I cannot even get over how much I loved this. I, sadly, am low-carbing it until my husband comes homes (I know!) so I only allowed myself one serving of it. It KILLED me to heat up the leftovers for the kids the next day. The smell of the sweet Italian sausage I used with the mushrooms and the sauce was too much. I can’t wait to make it again so I can eat my weight in it.
The book is an absolutely gorgeous cookbook with photos of Fattoria Poggio Alloro as well as recipes. It’s written by Sarah Fioroni who is the chef, cooking instructor, sommelier, and the manager of the farm. The first 40 pages of the book is all the history of the farm and of San Gimignano, the small city where the farm is located. It’s fascinating and made me really want to visit! The recipes in the book are divided by month and showcases the ingredients that are in season during that time. (This recipe is from the October section – imagine that!) The recipes all use simple, fresh ingredients and all of them sound delicious. There are recipes for pasta, cakes, soup, crostini, mousse – you name it, it’s in here.