“The best way to cook with truffles is as simply as possible,” says chef Karen Akunowicz, of the Northern Italian restaurant Fox & the Knife in Boston. Bold in scent and flavor, black winter truffles require very little coaxing to lend their heady punch to a dish, though Akunowicz does recommend using a bit of gentle heat, which helps develop and release their deepest flavor, as in this elegant-yet-hearty dish, which pairs creamy butter, nutty farro pasta, and a fortifying mix of wild mushrooms with just enough truffle to elevate each forkful. Black truffle paste, available year-round, melts beautifully into the buttery sauce, but when they’re in season (November through February), Akunowicz recommends splurging for fresh black truffles, and using a rasp grater to get as much truffle goodness as possible into each perfect bite.

Karen Akunowicz

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Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Rishon Hanners / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

Recipe Summary

active:
25 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
2
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Stir together butter, truffle paste, lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in small bowl until combined. Set aside.

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  • Toss together mushrooms, 1 tablespoon oil, pepper, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl until coated. Spread in an even layer on a small rimmed baking sheet. Roast in preheated oven until tender and golden brown, about 15 minutes, stirring halfway through cook time. Let cool to room temperature.

  • Meanwhile, cook pasta in boiling salted water until al dente, 5 to 6 minutes. During final 2 to 3 minutes of pasta cook time, cook garlic and remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high, stirring constantly, until garlic begins to brown, about 2 minutes. Stir in broth and cooled mushrooms.

  • Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid. Add pasta and truffle butter to mushroom mixture in skillet over medium-high; toss to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce is emulsified, about 1 minute, adding reserved cooking liquid 1 tablespoon at a time until desired sauce consistency is reached. Remove from heat. Add parsley and 1 tablespoon cheese; toss to combine. Divide pasta between 2 bowls; sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon cheese.

Notes

Farro mafaldine may be purchased from pappardellespasta.com. Truffle paste is available on amazon.com.

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