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pancetta, radicchio and lemon linguine

i have dozens of cookery books but still love nothing more than having the opportunity to root around someone else’s collection. ideally i have a piece of paper to hand and i’ll make notes about recipes or ingredient combinations which i want to try.


i recently had the opportunity to do this with sarah raven’s garden cookbook which my friend julia has, and i now have a small piece of notepaper with a dozen different ideas scribbled on it. there are no quantities listed but hopefully that won’t be a problem!


the first dish i tried was her radicchio and lemon linguine. radicchio is something i love raw as part of a salad, but have not had much success with i’ve tried to cook it – braising in stock resulted in a bitter inedible dish which was binned rather than eaten.


the linguine was much more successful so i am sending it over to ruth at once upon a feast for the 100th round of presto pasta nights! happy 100th ruth!


pancetta, radicchio and lemon linguine* (serves 2)


40-75g smoked pancetta pieces

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1 shallot, finely sliced

linguine for 2

100-150g radicchio, shredded

100ml white wine

10g knob of butter

zest of a lemon

100ml double cream

a handful of chopped flat-leaf parsley


put your pasta on to cook. fry the pancetta in a non-stick pan over a low heat. as it releases its fat, add the garlic and shallot cook gently until they soften.


add the radicchio to the pancetta and onion mix with the white wine and sauté until the radicchio wilts. add the butter, lemon zest and cream and toss with the pasta. add the parsley, season to taste and serve with parmesan.


* based on a sarah raven recipe

Reader Comments (7)

Abby, thanks for a great entry. Presto Pasta Nights certainly was a good idea all those months ago - who'd 'a thunk it!

And I couldn't help but yell (at least in my head) ...ME TOO, ME TOO - I love checking out other people's cookbooks and coming home with recipes written on anything from paper towels or napkins to the backs of receipts.
February 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRuth
I am loving the combinations here. Move over spaghetti and meatballs:D
February 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBellini Valli
What a fantastic combination of flavours!
February 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermaninas
oh this looks fabulous! great combination!


February 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterheather
I know what you mean about other people's cookbooks. I have a scrap of paper with a recipe for a dry cherry cake with walnuts. My mum had given me the recipe over the telphone some 28 years ago when I was a student living in digs. To this day I can remember the smell as I removed my creation from the oven. I found the scrap of paper by accident a couple of days ago and immediately went out to buy the ingredients. I'll be baking tonight!!! Peter
February 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTakeaway
Hey Abby, glad you posted this as a reminder - I'd marked up lots of recipes in that cookbook and am loving the radiocchio this winter. Come to SF (well, Berkeley) sometime and I'll share my cookbook collection...and there's quite a few! Hope all's well with you!

February 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl
i love all the stories about scraps of paper (and napkins!) with recipes scribbled upon them! i'm glad you like the recipe too.

cheryl - i will not forget that invite!
February 12, 2009 | Registered Commenterabby

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