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Black Pepper Tagliatelle with Parsnips and Pancetta

This recipe is one of the signature dishes in Mario Batali's "The Babbo Cookbook."

  • Servings: 4
Black Pepper Tagliatelle with Parsnips and Pancetta

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television


  • Semolina flour, for baking sheet
  • Black Pepper Pasta
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 pound pancetta or slab bacon, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 pound parsnips, peeled, halved lengthwise, and cut into 1/4-inch half-moons
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for serving
  • 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup), plus more for serving


  1. Lightly dust 2 baking sheets with semolina; set aside. Cut pasta dough into 2-inch pieces. Roll each piece of dough through the pasta machine from the thickest to the thinnest setting. Transfer dough to one of the prepared baking sheets. Let dough dry, 2 to 3 minutes. Roll up each piece, and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-wide strips. Place the tagliatelle onto a second prepared baking sheet, cover with a clean kitchen towel; set aside.

  2. Bring 6 quarts water to a boil in a large pot and add 2 tablespoons salt.

  3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add pancetta, and cook until brown and fat has rendered, about 10 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove pancetta to a paper towel-lined plate; set aside. To the pan, add butter and melt. Add parsnips. Cook, over high heat, without shaking the pan too much, until golden brown and slightly crispy, 5 to 6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. To the boiling water, add tagliatelle, and cook until al dente, about 2 minutes. Add 1/4 cup cooking liquid to parsnips, and continue to cook for 1 minute. Drain pasta, and add to the pan with parsnips. Cook over high heat, tossing to coat pasta. Add Parmigiano-Reggiano, and toss to coat. Stir in parsley. Divide equally between warm plates. Sprinkle additional Parmigiano-Reggiano and parsley over pasta. Serve immediately.

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