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Fettucine Fauci with Fresh Mushrooms in Honor of Dr. Anthony S. Fauci

This recipe by Mary Ann Esposito was created in honor of NIAF’s 2020 honoree, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci.

Fettucine Fauci with Fresh Mushrooms - Fettucine Fauci ai Funghi Freschi
Serves 4

8 ounces fettucine
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oi
1 large leek, minced
2 cups diced mixed fresh mushrooms (porcini, button, shitake, oyster, (plus a few whole cooked mushrooms for garnish)
½ cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
Salt to taste
Grinding black pepper
½ cup pasta cooking water
½ cup mascarpone cheese at room temperature
Grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese for sprinkling

Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat; add the leek and cook until mixture softens. Add the mushrooms and cook until they soften. Raise the heat to high and add the wine; allow most of it to evaporate. Add the thyme, salt and pepper. Cover and keep warm while fettucine is cooking.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add 1 tablespoon salt and cook the fettucine until al dente, about 6 minutes. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water. Add the fettucine to the mushroom mixture and stir to combine.

In a small bowl combine the reserved pasta water and the mascarpone cheese and mix well. Stir into the mushroom mixture over low heat and mix gently until sauce is velvety looking. Serve hot with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese sprinkled over the top; add the cooked mushrooms for garnish.

Mary Ann Esposito



  1. Jerry's avatar


    MaryAnn - Thank you so much for honoring Dr Fauci. He is an inspiration I admire his tenacity.
    Looking forward to trying your recipe. Keep up your good work. Thanks
  2. Maye n/a Fojtik's avatar

    Maye n/a Fojtik

    Ms. Esposito: I just love your show. It is so unpretentious and I feel I am spending time with a good friend. It is also such an adventure.

    You have the best show on PBS. It is so refreshing and your recipes are always so interesting.
    Maye Fojtik
  3. mary ann's avatar

    mary ann

    Thank you so much Maye, I appreciate your comments; you can also watch our lates shows anytime on Amazon Prime. Grazie!
  4. Elisa Lanzi's avatar

    Elisa Lanzi

    Tanti grazie, Mary Ann, what better way to honor him than with a plate of delicious pasta. Today I was looking up your cucidati in my mother's Celebrations Italian Style book. My mother is gone now, but the book is all marked up with stars and notes on her favorite recipes. She also was an Italian American (Sicilian) from western NY and you were her favorite cookbook author.

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