Served with mouth-watering braised pancetta and a buttery mascarpone and lemon sauce, this gigli pasta is the winter food we crave.
By Pang Wannawanit
Every week I have a day where I absolutely indulge in anything under the sun. If you are the same way, this dish is for you. One thing you need to know is that the sauce need NOT be divided equally into 6 servings.
When ready to serve, add succulent pancetta to the plate with a small ladle of sauce; you can always add more sauce if you prefer, but start small.
- 4 lbs. uncured pancetta, thick sliced
- 1 big onion, thick sliced
- 2 carrots, peeled & diced
- 2-3 cloves garlic, peeled & chopped
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 cup white wine
- 4-5 cups chicken broth
- 1 lb. small potatoes
- 1 lb. brussel sprouts, halves
- 2 lbs. cooked gigli or any kind of pasta you prefer
- 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 4 tbsp. mascarpone cheese
- 1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
- grated parmesan cheese, as needed
- salt & pepper, as needed
- Preheat the oven to 325F.
- Heat a dutch oven over high heat, add olive oil and heat to smoking point. In batches, brown each side of pancetta. Set aside.
- Spoon the fat/oil off until you left with about 2 tablespoons in the dutch oven, cook onion and carrots with a little bit of salt & pepper until onion is translucent. Add garlic and cook 1-2 minutes further. Adjust the heat to medium and add white wine; cook to reduce until almost dry. Add chicken broth and all pancetta; bring to a simmer. Cover & cook in the oven for 2 hours. Add potatoes to the dutch oven and cook for 1 hour further. Keep warm.
- Raise the oven temperature to 350F. Roast brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt & pepper until tender, about 15-20 minutes. Set aside.
- Heat butter, mascarpone cheese, lemon juice, salt & pepper in a saucepan until well-mixed. Coat gigli with the mascarpone sauce. To serve, divide the pasta to plates, gradually add pancetta sauce as needed along with pancetta & potatoes. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese. Serve along side roasted brussels sprouts.
Also, the sauce need NOT be divided equally into 6 servings. When ready to serve, add succulent pancetta to the plate with a small ladle of sauce; you can always add more sauce if you prefer, but start small