Pasta alla Boscaiola (with sausage & mushrooms) – The Pasta Venture

Pasta alla boscaiola is among the most scrumptious conventional autumn/fall sausage and mushroom pasta recipes ever! Initially made with contemporary foraged mushrooms, significantly porcini, this Italian traditional is simply as scrumptious when you use dried porcini and different kinds of mushrooms.

pasta alla boscaiola with sausage and mushrooms.

What does boscaiola imply?

In Italian, the phrase ‘boscaiola’ means woodsman or woodcutter. The title comes from the truth that this recipe is historically based mostly on the most well-liked foraged meals to be discovered within the Italian woods, mushrooms. In Italy, most alla boscaiola recipes embody porcini mushrooms. Porcini are the king of foraged mushrooms right here and given their divine, distinctive umami flavour, it’s not stunning!

Pasta alla boscaiola with sausage and mushrooms.

Can you utilize different mushrooms?

In fact, when you don’t have contemporary porcini you should use different wild mushrooms comparable to chanterelles. You can too use cultivated mushrooms. I made this model of boscaiola pasta with portobello mushrooms and champignons. Prior to now, I’ve used pioppini and cremini. Nonetheless, pasta alla boscaiola with out porcini isn’t actually what it might be! So, for an genuine flavour add dried or frozen porcini too.

Ingredients for pasta alla boscaiola with sausage and mushrooms in white bowls  on marble worktop.
Step 1 Collect your components: sausages, pancetta, mushrooms, onion, canned tomatoes and parsley.

The place does alla boscaiola come from?

You’ll find boscaiola pasta made in lots of components of Italy, significantly the place mushroom searching is widespread. The orginal model is claimed to come back from Tuscany and Emilia Romagna.

Broken up sausage meat and pancetta in white bowl. Chopped onion in white bowl. Cut mushrooms in 2 white bowls. Canned tomatoes in white bowl.
Step 2 Put together your components.

Completely different variations of pasta alla boscaiola.

Though ‘pink’ boscaiola (with tomatoes) might be the unique solution to make this recipe, there isn’t really a single commonplace recipe for Italian pasta alla boscaiola. There are a variety of variations together with with or with out tomatoes or with cream as an alternative or cream as properly. Many individuals make this pasta dish with peas. And the meat may be sausage or pancetta or each.  

Pancetta cubes and sausage meat in skillet.
Step 3 Brown the pancetta in a skillet after which add the sausage meat.

Recipes with cream.

Many Italians love the model with cream and no tomatoes (bianca), however after all this can make the dish style extra delicate and fewer sturdy, particularly when utilizing solely pancetta as an alternative of sausage as properly. The cream must be contemporary and never long-life and it must be added on the finish, when the sauce is prepared.

Browned sausage meat and pancetta in skillet.
Step 4. Brown the sausage meat. Then take away it from the skillet along with the pancetta.

What sort of pasta goes properly?

Italians make sausage and mushroom pasta alla boscaiola with differnt kinds of pasta and I believe you should use your favorite. The most well-liked are normally contemporary pasta ribbons comparable to tagliatelle or dried penne. This time I made my boscaiola with campanelle, additionally referred to as gigli in Italy.

The campanelle pasta I used comes from a Sicilian firm, Pasta Minardo. They’re in Modica, Ragusa, part of Sicily we all know properly. Minardo pasta is made with Sicilian heritage grains, plus it’s bronze extruded and natural. Really helpful when you come throughout it! (my opinion).

Fresh mushroom pieces in skillet with cooked onions.
Step 5 Sauté the onion in olive oil. Then add the contemporary mushrooms. Prepare dinner the mushrooms for 10 minutes. Then add the dried or frozen porcini if utilizing.

I believe campanelle is among the many prettiest wanting pasta varieties! Each bit of this conventional Tuscan pasta seems to be like a cone with ruffled edges. In Italian, ‘campanelle’ means bell flowers or little bells. Italians additionally name this pasta‘riccioli’ which means curls. Nonetheless, the extra frequent title for it in Italy is gigli, which is the Italian phrase for lilies. The lily is the symbol of Florence.

Cooked mushrooms in skillet with browned sauage meat and pancetta.
Step 6 Add the sausage meat and pancetta again to the pan. Combine with the mushrooms and add the wine.

What’s on this boscaiola sauce?

The sausage and mushroom boscaiola pasta recipe I adopted is predicated on what many imagine to be the unique recipe however, in Italy, that may rely on which area you come from! Alla boscaiola is taken into account conventional in plenty of areas together with Campania, Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany.

Canned cherry tomatoes added to sausage, pancetta and mushrooms in skillet.
Step 7 As soon as the alcohol has evaporated, add the canned tomatoes or passata and blend it into the sauce. Season with salt and pepper.

I made it with frozen porcini (I wasn’t capable of finding contemporary ones) tomatoes, pancetta and sausage meat. I additionally added portobello and champignon mushrooms. In case you’d like so as to add peas, they’d go properly with it too.

Boscaiola sauce in skillet.
Step 8 Simmer the sauce for about Half-hour.

Making this pasta alla boscaiola with sausage and mushrooms.

It is a very simple crowd-pleasing recipe. In fact, it’s good in autumn when freshly picked mushrooms can be found, however makeable all 12 months spherical utilizing dried or frozen porcini and different contemporary mushrooms.

Ready boscaiola sausage and mushroom sauce in skillet and sprinkled with chopped fresh parsley.
Step 9 When the sauce is prepared, add some contemporary parsley.

In case you use dried porcini don’t overlook to soak them in some heat water for 20-Half-hour earlier than making the sauce. Drain them properly, however don’t throw the water away! You possibly can add it to the sauce for a extra intense porcini flavour!

Dried campanelle pasta from pasta makers Minardo
Step 10. Prepare dinner the pasta al dente in response to the directions on the packet.

After making ready the components, you simply must brown the pancetta and sausage meat. Then take away out of your pan and sauté the onions and mushrooms. Add the dried or frozen mushrooms as soon as the others have began to melt and brown.

Cooked pasta in skillet with boscaiola sauce.
Step 11 Add the drained pasta to your boscaiola sauce and blend every part collectively.

Subsequent, add again the meats and pour within the wine. As soon as the alcohol has evaporated, add in your tomatoes. You need to use canned peeled tomatoes, passata (purée) or contemporary peeled tomatoes. Season your boscaiola sauce and simmer for about Half-hour.

Ready campanelle pasta alla boscaiola in skillet.
Step 12 Serve your pasta alla boscaiola with extra contemporary parsley and grated Parmigiano or grana.

Lastly when your sauce is nearly prepared, cook dinner the pasta, drain it and add it to the sauce. Combine every part collectively and serve with contemporary parsley and grated cheese if required.

What to do with leftovers.

In case you have any boscaiola pasta leftovers (it’s potential you gained’t), my favorite factor is to bake them in a scorching oven topped with some scamorza or mozzarella or simply grated Parmigiano. I promise you, it’s outstandingly scrumptious. Alternatively simply reheat within the microwave.

Pasta alla boscaiola with sausage and mushrooms.

The sauce alone may be frozen. I don’t prefer to freeze cooked pasta as I believe it turns into mushy when reheated!

Let me know what you assume.

I am keen on sausage meat in ragu and porcini are my all time favorite mushrooms. These two components collectively make pasta alla boscaiola so very flavourful and hearty. It is a fabulous recipe filled with warming earthy flavours that can have you ever and everybody round your desk going again for seconds. So, ensure you make sufficient!

Pasta alla boscaiola with sausage and mushrooms.

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Wanting ahead to listening to from you!

Buon appetito!

pasta alla boscaiola with sausage and mushrooms

Genuine pasta alla Boscaiola (with sausage and mushrooms)


Pasta alla boscaiola or woodman’s pasta is a hearty and flavourful simple to make traditional Italian pasta recipe initially based mostly on wild mushrooms foraged within the Italian woods. Nonetheless it is simply as scrumptious when you use different kinds of contemporary or dried mushrooms.

Prep Time 20 minutes

Prepare dinner Time 40 minutes

Whole Time 50 minutes

Course Important Course

Delicacies Italian, Mediterranean, Tuscany

Servings 4

Energy 859 kcal


  • 12 oz campanelle pasta (360g) or tagliatelle, penne and so forth
  • 1 lb mushrooms (500g) normally 40g (1.5oz) porcini, contemporary or dried plus champignons, cremini, pioppini and so forth
  • 3.5 oz pancetta minimize into small cubes
  • 10.5 oz pork sausage meat faraway from casing and chopped
  • 1 onion peeled and finely chopped
  • ½ glass white wine
  • 14 oz tomato passata (400g) or canned peeled tomatoes or each.
  • 1.5 oz Parmigiano cheese (40g) grated for serving
  • salt for pasta and to style
  • black pepper to style
  • 3-4 tbsp additional virgin olive oil
  • 1 handful contemporary parsley chopped


  • Put a big pan of water on to boil for the pasta. Add salt as soon as it begins to boil and convey to the boil once more.

  • Warmth a little bit olive oil in a frying pan or skillet and add the pancetta. Prepare dinner till it begins to brown. Add the chopped sausage meat and brown it for a couple of minutes too

  • Take away the meat from the skillet and add olive oil and chopped onion. When the onion has began to melt add the contemporary mushrooms.

  • Prepare dinner the mushrooms till they begin to soften after which add the frozen or dried porcini. Combine collectively and cook dinner for a minute or two extra.

  • Add again the meats and pour within the white wine. When the alcohol has evaporated, add the tomatoes/tomato passata. Season, combine and simmer on a low warmth for about Half-hour. Add some contemporary parsley.

  • In the meantime, cook dinner the pasta al dente in response to the directions on the packet, drain the pasta  and add it to the pan with the sauce.

  • Combine every part collectively within the pan.

  • Serve instantly with extra chopped parsley and further grated Parmigiano as required.


You can too add peas to this recipe. Add them to the sauce 5 minutes earlier than it’s prepared if they’re frozen. If they’re contemporary add them with the tomato passata.
In case you use dried porcini don’t overlook to soak them in some heat water for 20-Half-hour earlier than making the sauce. Drain them properly, however don’t throw the water away. You possibly can add it to the sauce for a extra intense porcini flavour!

Key phrase boscaiola, campanelle pasta, porcini pasta, sausage and mushroom pasta, sausage pasta

Campanelle pasta alla boscaiola on white plate.

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