The cremini and white mushrooms give this versatile sauce a mellow, woodsy flavor.



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Instructions Checklist
  • In a large 5-quart saucepan with a tight-fitting lid (that will be used later), cook bacon over medium heat, uncovered, stirring until crispy, about 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel to drain. Set aside.

  • Add onion; stir until golden, about 1 minute. Add mushrooms; cover. Cook until juices have evaporated, about 20 minutes.

  • Stir in tomato paste, thyme, and 2 cups water until combined; cover. Cook until sauce has thickened, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in parsley and vinegar. Add bacon, reserving some for garnish, if desired.

  • Meanwhile, cook pasta until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain and return to pot.

  • To serve, toss pasta with ragout. Garnish with reserved bacon and shaved Parmesan, if desired.

Cook's Notes

This sauce can be made a day or two ahead (keep bacon separate) and refrigerated. Gently reheat as the pasta boils; add bacon to sauce during the last few minutes of heating.

Reviews (5)

27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
Garlic *powder*? Why not use fresh garlic? This is a great recipe.
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Unfortunately, I found this bland - I had to spruce it up with an assortment of seasonings (garlic powder, chipotle chili powder, cayenne, etc.). It tasted great and rich in the end, but needs a little extra something something.
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This is a "must try"! I had white button and portabella mushrooms on hand so that's what I used. I also used a little extra bacon and served it over whole wheat linguine. I must say that this is definitely a keeper, truly delicious and memorable. I prepared it 2 nights ago and already crave it again. Btw, I'm a retired professional chef. Thanks for the recipe!
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A great recipe. For mine yesterday I took out the bacon, and added carrots instead.
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I made this without the bacon (vegetarian), added a little garlic and it was really delicious. I will definitely make it again and recommend it.