- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 small onion, minced
- 1 celery rib, minced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 ounces thinly sliced pancetta, cut into thin strips
- 1/3 cup finely chopped mint
- 1 pound pork tenderloin, cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pitted Calamata olives
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 3/4 pound pappardelle or fettuccine
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
- Heat the oil in a skillet. Add the onion, celery, garlic, pancetta and 3 tablespoons of the mint. Cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until the pancetta is slightly crisp, about 6 minutes.
- Push the onion mixture to the side of the skillet. Add the pork and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in the walnuts and olives, season with salt and pepper; cook for 1 minute. Add the wine; simmer over moderate heat until reduced to 2 tablespoons, about 5 minutes.
- In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until al dente; drain well. Add the pasta to the skillet and toss with the sauce over moderately high heat for 1 minute. Serve the pasta in bowls, sprinkled with the remaining 2 tablespoons of mint and the cheese.
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Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.