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Serves : 4

Living in Oregon, Darryl and Sarah Joannides are surrounded by wild mushrooms: shiitakes, Portobellos and oyster mushrooms are staples, and chanterelles, chicken-of-the-woods and lobsters add seasonal variety. Darryl never salts mushrooms, because they'll absorb too much of the seasoning. Instead, he uses Pecorino cheese here to flavor the dish.    Fast Weekday Pastas  

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a small skillet, toast the fennel seeds over moderate heat until golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer the fennel seeds to a plate.

Step 2    

In a large deep skillet, melt the butter in 1/4 cup of the olive oil. Add the garlic and cook over moderate heat until golden. Add the mushrooms, fennel seeds, rosemary and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are tender, about 15 minutes.

Step 3    

Meanwhile, cook the pennette in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente; drain. Add the pasta to the mushrooms along with the arugula, 1/4 cup of grated Pecorino and the 1 remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Mound on plates and serve with the extra Pecorino.

Suggested Pairing

A Barbera D'Alba has dark fruit flavors, which bring out the distinctive flavors of the mushrooms in this dish.

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