Spaghettini with Warm Bacon-Mushroom Vinaigrette


This wonderfully versatile dish that Tim Cushman at Covina in Manhattan pairs with a juicy Sicilian Nero d'Avola from Tamì can be served as a main course or a reimagined pasta salad. Key to the mixed mushroom topping is a splash of balsamic vinegar, which adds both tang and subtle sweetness.

Spaghettini with Warm Bacon Mushroom Vinaigrette
Photo: © Con Poulos
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil  

  • 1 pound sliced bacon, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch strips

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped

  • 8 ounces mixed mushrooms, such as cremini and stemmed shiitake, thinly sliced  

  • 2 teaspoons finely grated garlic

  • Kosher salt and pepper

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

  • 1 pound spaghettini  

  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for garnish  

  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced basil, plus basil leaves for garnish  

  • White truffle oil, for drizzling (optional)


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the bacon and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and the fat is rendered, about 8 minutes. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and garlic, season with salt and pepper and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the balsamic vinegar.

  2. Add salt to the boiling water. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water. Return the pasta and water to the pot. Add the bacon-mushroom vinaigrette and the ½ cup each of grated cheese and sliced basil and toss over moderate heat until the pasta is evenly coated. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to plates and garnish with additional cheese and basil leaves. Drizzle with truffle oil if desired and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Juicy Nero d’Avola: 2014 Tamì Terre Siciliane.

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