Pasta al forno with wild mushrooms, chestnuts, burrata, fontina and truffle

Preparation time
less than 30 mins

Cooking time
30 mins to 1 hour

Serves
Serves 4

Dietary
Vegetarian


By Ben Tish
From Saturday Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 400g/14oz ziti pasta (or rigatoni)
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 30g/1oz butter, plus extra for buttering the dish
  • 60g/2¼oz plain flour
  • 800ml/1½ pint hot full-fat milk
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 70g/2½oz parmesan, grated
  • 70g/2½oz fontina, grated
  • glug truffle oil
  • 130g/4½oz wild mushrooms, trimmed and rinsed
  • 100g/3½oz chestnuts, roasted and peeled (see method below), or alternatively 70g/2½oz pre-cooked chestnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 small bunch flat parsley, leaves only, chopped
  • 180g/6oz burrata, drained
  • good handful Japanese panko breadcrumbs
  • black truffle slices, to finish (optional)
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Cook the pasta in a pan of boiling salted water until al dente and then drain and toss with olive oil. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 190C/170C Fan/Gas 5 and butter an ovenproof baking dish.

  2. Heat the butter in a saucepan until foaming, stir in the flour and cook until pale and sandy in texture. Gradually whisk in the milk and add the bay leaves.

  3. Turn the heat to low and continue to stir until rich and thickened. Now whisk in half of the parmesan and fontina until melted. Season well, add a good glug of truffle oil, reserve and keep warm.

  4. Heat a large pan over a high heat, add a glug of olive oil, and then the mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper, and then fry until cooked through. Stir in the chestnuts and the parsley. Turn off the heat.

  5. Place the cooked pasta in a bowl, pour over the sauce and mix through the pasta to fully coat it. Add the mushroom mixture and tear in the burrata. Mix well, transfer into the prepared baking dish and then top with the breadcrumbs and the remaining cheese.

  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until piping hot and the top is nicely browned. Top with more truffle oil and slices of fresh truffle, if using.

Roasting chestnuts:

  1. preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6
  2. using a small, sharp knife, cut a cross into the skin of each nut
  3. put in a roasting tin and bake until the skins open and the insides are tender (about 30 mins)

 

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