Impress your family and friends with this popular Italian pasta dish, which is surprisingly easy to recreate at home. The best bit? It takes 20 mins to make!
400 g dried fettuccine or other pasta
2 tbsp butter
about 24 (250 g) button mushrooms, sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 cups (400g) diced ham
1 cup (250ml) cream
½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup grated Parmesan
salt and pepper, to taste
- Cook fettuccine for 2 minutes less than the instructions on the packet.
- While pasta cooks, heat butter in a heavy pot and cook mushrooms over medium heat until lightly brown (about 5 minutes). Add garlic and sizzle for a few seconds then add ham and cream, stirring to lift pan brownings. Bring to a simmer. Mix in nutmeg, lemon juice, parmesan and salt and pepper to taste.
- Drain pasta, leaving about ¼ cup water in the pot. Add pasta and reserved pasta water to the pot with the ham sauce and toss over heat for a minute or two to allow the pasta to absorb the flavours. To serve, pile into a serving bowl and top with more black pepper.