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Rigatoni with Savoy Cabbage, Bacon, and Mushroom Sauce


1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

7 to 8 large garlic cloves (about 1/2 cup), thinly sliced

8 ounces thick-cut bacon or prosciutto end, cut into 1-inch pieces

1/2 teaspoon dried peperoncino (hot red pepper flakes)

2 pound head Savoy cabbage, trimmed, quartered, cored, and shredded 1/3-inch thick

1 pound mixed mushrooms (about 6 cups), such as porcini, chanterelles, and cremini, trimmed, sliced 1/3-inch thick

1 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more for cooking pasta

1 cup homemade or canned low-sodium vegetable broth

1 pound rigatoni pasta, cooked

Freshly grated Grano Padamo cheese, for serving (optional)

1. In a Dutch-oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and bacon, and cook, stirring occasionally, until bacon fat is rendered and garlic slightly browns, 10 to 12 minutes. Add peperoncino, letting it toast slightly, before stirring in.

2. Add cabbage and mushrooms; season with salt. Briefly stir vegetables, cover, reduce heat slightly, cook for 4 minutes, and stir again. Repeat until vegetables have wilted and are mixed together. Continue to simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, for about 1 hour, adding 1/2 cup broth or water at a time, as necessary.

3. Uncover pan, and cook, stirring frequently and moistening sauce with broth or water as needed, until cabbage is completely soft; remove from heat. Use immediately, or refrigerate in airtight containers for up to 1 week.

4. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add salt. Add pasta; cook until al dente. Drain pasta; serve immediately topped with sauce and cheese.

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