Pasta with chanterelle mushrooms and speck.

Spinach tagliolini pasta with chanterelles and speck. Recipe from Trentino-Alto Adige.

I actually have another version of pasta with chanterelle mushrooms and speck here on the Pasta Project, which I published in 2017. However, my sister came to stay recently and I wanted to make this recipe for her. This time, I used another type of pasta and I have to say the taste was pretty different too.

spinach tagliolini pasta with chanterelle mushrooms and speck

Tagliolini verde con finferli e speck.

It’s amazing how using another type of pasta can change the flavours and texture of a dish, especially when the pasta is made with different ingredients. It’s difficult to decide which I prefer! This version is made with fine delicate spinach tagliolini. The other, I cooked with schüttelbrot tagliatelle, a strong flavoured robust tagliatelle made with rye bread.

Chanterelle mushrooms in Italy.

Known as gallinacci, galletti or finferli in Italian, chanterelles are one of the most popular wild mushrooms in the Italian kitchen. I’m not much of a wild mushroom expert! My hubby is the one who leads our mushroom hunting expeditions! However, I know that there are different species of chanterelle mushrooms in different parts of the world.

ingredients for chanterelle mushroom and speck pasta

The mushrooms I used in this spinach tagliolini pasta with chanterelles and speck were golden chanterelles (cantharellus cibarius). These mushrooms actually seem to be worth their weight in gold! They are golden in appearance, golden in taste and golden in price if you buy them!

However, the high price is probably justified by the fact that the chanterelles you find for sale have been foraged. People have tried to cultivate these mushrooms. But, to date, they have not been very successful.

fresh golden chanterelle mushrooms cleaned and cut into pieces

If carefully collected, chanterelles grow in the same places year after year. So, although they are not farmed, they are easier to find than porcini, for example (if you know where to look).

Here in Italy, the harvest period runs from late spring/early summer until the end of autumn, depending on the area. I bought the mushrooms for this chanterelle pasta. However, we often go foraging for them. And, when we find a lot, we like to dry them for future use.

chopped onions and garlic with diced speck and chopped chanterelle mushrooms

Are chanterelles good for you?

Chanterelles are the most nutritious of mushrooms. They are also very low in calories. In fact, 100g of these mushrooms has only 32 calories when raw. However, they don’t taste so good raw and can cause upset stomachs. Chanterelle mushrooms are low in fat and high in vitamin D. They also contain vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6 as well as iron, potassium, copper, manganese and other vitamins and minerals!

chanterelle mushroom pieces in skillet with chopped onions and garlic

Chanterelle mushrooms in the Trentino-Alto Adige kitchen

In the mountainous Trentino Alto-Adige region, where this chanterelle mushroom and speck pasta recipe is from, chanterelles are a very traditional foraged food. Chefs and home cooks use them both fresh and dried in many different recipes including with polenta, in risotto, in soups, as a side dish and, of course, with pasta. The latter is usually egg pasta ribbons like the tagliolini I used, or tagliatelle.

cubed speck in skillet with chanterelle mushrooms, onion and garlic

These mushrooms are also cooked and preserved in vinegar or oil for use throughout the year. Plus, they freeze well too. The fact that chanterelles adapt to the most varied recipes and therefore to various types of uses has earned them the nickname ‘mushroom parsley’ (prezzemolo dei funghi among Italian cooks!

chanterelles, speck, onions and garlic cooking in skillet.

Speck from the Alto Adige (South Tyrol).

Speck is the most well-known pork product from the South Tyrol. In short, it is a distinctly flavored, smoked, cured ham. It has a stronger taste than the more delicate prosciutto made in Parma and San Daniele. In fact, it’s really like a cross between bacon and ham.

fresh cream added to chanterelle mushrooms and speck in skillet

Speck is used in a lot of traditional recipes from Trentino-Alto Adige, for example dumplings (canederli). However, Italians eat it raw like prosciutto too. If you don’t have speck, you can also use pancetta for this chanterelle mushroom pasta recipe.

The tagliolini pasta.

As I mentioned above, I used a fine spinach tagliolini for this pasta with chanterelles and speck. Tagliolini is a thin egg pasta ribbon traditional in Northern and Central Italy. You can read more about this pasta in my tagliolini pasta post.

spinach tagliolini made by Pasta Marilungo, Marche

Spinach pasta is very popular in the north too, especially in Emilia-Romagna. It’s made by adding cooked and chopped or pureed spinach to the pasta dough. I have yet to make it myself! However, it’s top of my homemade pasta to make list!

cooked spinach tagliolini in skillet with chanterelle and speck sauce

I was given this pasta by a company called Pasta Marilungo during a visit to Campofilone in the Marche region last September.  Campofilone is famous for a fabulous fine egg pasta called maccheronicini di Campofilone IGP.

However, Pasta Marilungo produce about 30 different kinds of pasta; long and short shapes, organic pasta and a number of flavoured pastas, including this spinach tagliolini. They make their pasta with Italian wheat from Marche, Tuscany or Umbria and pasteurized eggs from nearby free range farms.

spinach tagliolini pasta with chanterelle mushrooms and speck

Interestingly, this dried egg pasta loses forty percent of its volume during the slow drying process. It regains its original volume during cooking. So, for my spinach tagliolini with chanterelles and speck, I found 250 g was actually enough for 4 people!

Making tagliolini pasta with chanterelle mushrooms and speck

Apart from the pasta, mushrooms and speck, all you need for this delicious Trentino-Alto Adige recipe is onions, garlic, parsley, cream, butter and grated Parmigiano or Grana.

tagliolini with chanterelles and speck

Unlike Southern Italian pasta recipes, Northern Italian recipes often include cream and butter. This is because of the many dairy farms in the this part of the country. However, if you want to make it dairy free, you can use stock instead of fresh cream and olive oil instead of butter.

Tagliolini pasta with chanterelle mushrooms and speck

If you don’t have the exact same ingredients.

Pasta with chanterelles and speck is a very traditional Trentino- Alto Adige recipe, full of the flavours of that region. Of course, it may not be possible to make it with the exact same ingredients. The mushrooms can be substituted with dried chanterelles or other kinds of fresh mushrooms such as champignons. The speck can be replaced with pancetta. Or, for a vegetarian version just leave out the meat and use a vegetarian hard cheese instead of the parmigiano or grana, which both contain animal rennet.

Spinach tagliolini with chanterelles and speck

If you make this chanterelle mushroom pasta recipe, I’d love to hear how it turns out and if you liked it. So, please leave a comment here on the blog or on The Pasta Project Facebook page.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Buon appetito!

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tagliolini with chanterelles and speck
Tagliolini pasta with chanterelle mushrooms and speck.
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
 

This creamy pasta with chanterelle mushrooms and speck is a very traditional Trentino-Alto Adige recipe, full of the flavours of that Northern Italian mountain region. It's easy to make and you can substitute the mushrooms with other kinds and the speck with pancetta.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian, Northern Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige
Keyword: authentic Italian pasta recipe, chanterelle mushrooms, speck, tagliolini, wild mushrooms
Servings: 4
Author: Jacqueline De Bono
Ingredients
  • 250 g tagliolini pasta (9oz) I used dried spinach taglolini from Pasta Marilungo
  • 300 g chanterelle mushrooms (10oz) I used fresh mushrooms, you can also use dried.
  • 180 g speck (6-7oz) cubed. You can also use pancetta
  • 1 onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 1-2 garlic cloves peeled and finely chopped
  • 20 g butter (0.70oz)
  • 1/2 glass dry white wine
  • 200 ml fresh cream (7floz)
  • 1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil.
  • fresh parsley as required (for serving)
  • Parmigiano Reggiano or grana grated (for serving)
  • salt for pasta and to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
Instructions
Preparation
  1. If using freshly foraged chanterelle mushrooms, they take a little time to clean as it's better to brush any dirt off than wash them. Once they are clean cut into pieces. I prefer to keep the pieces quite large as like all mushrooms they shrink in size when cooked.

  2. cut the speck into small cubes. Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic. wash and chop the fresh parsley.

Cook your pasta with chanterelle mushrooms and speck
  1. Put a pan of water on to boil for the pasta. Add salt when it starts to boil. Bring to the boil again.

  2. Over a medium heat, sautè the onion and garlic in a saucepan with the butter and a little olive oil.

  3. When the onions are cooked through, add the mushrooms. Let the liquid from the mushrooms evaporate a little bit and then add the white wine and continue to simmer for a couple minutes until the alcohol has evaporated too.

  4. Add the speck to the mushrooms, mix well and cook everything together for 10 minutes. Stir to keep ingredients from sticking to the pan.

  5. Stir the cream into the sauce, mix everything well and lower the heat so it just simmers for 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  6. While waiting for the sauce to cook, cook the pasta al dente according to the instructions on the packet. Tagliolini don't take very long to cook. When the pasta is ready, drain it, but save a cup of the pasta cooking water.

  7. Add the cooked pasta to the pan with the sauce and mix well. If the sauce is too thick or dry, add some of the water used for cooking the pasta. Mix carefully to coat the pasta with the sauce.

  8. Serve immediately sprinkled with parsley and grated cheese.

Recipe Notes

You can make this pasta with fresh or dried tagliolini or tagliatelle.

If you don’t have speck, use pancetta instead. Obviously the flavour is slightly different, but still delicious.

You can also use other types of fresh mushrooms instead of chanterelles. Or dried instead of fresh mushrooms.

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45 Comments

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    Emily
    January 14, 2020 12:31 am

    This pasta is so delicious! I love mushrooms, chanterelle are one of my favorite varieties and tastes amazing in this pasta!

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    Jacque Hastert
    January 13, 2020 9:29 pm

    What a delicious pasta dish that we all enjoyed! Thank you for sharing this authentic recipe with us.

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    Aline
    January 13, 2020 9:16 pm

    This was such a delicious and comforting meal and super straight forward to make!! It’s our new fave!! Will be making this recipe again and again!! Thank you!

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    Lathiya
    January 12, 2020 9:57 pm

    I haven’t heard of chanterelle mushrooms. This is a new ingredient and dish for me. Looks great.

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    Marisa F. Stewart
    January 12, 2020 4:11 pm

    I don’t normally used chanterelle mushrooms but reading your recipe inspired me to add them to my grocery list. We make our own pasta so that wasn’t a problem. Now the speck was a bit of a different issue. I used some prosciutto instead and the recipe was delicious. I will keep my eye out for the speck and do the recipe again.

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    Leslie
    January 12, 2020 2:20 am

    I don’t believe I’ve had Chanterelle mushrooms before. After reading through this recipe, it seems I am missing out!

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      The Pasta Project
      January 12, 2020 3:49 am

      They are delicious, Leslie. I hope you get to try them!

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    Paula Montenegro
    January 10, 2020 2:20 pm

    I haven’t had chanterelles in ages. I’m loving this pasta recipe! I think tagliolini is my favorite pasta. I will be making this asap!

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      The Pasta Project
      January 12, 2020 3:50 am

      This is a perfect recipe for you then Paula!

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    Danielle
    January 10, 2020 1:57 pm

    I remember enjoying your other version a while back, so got really excited to see a new one. It’s been a while since I made a pasta, so it is time to change that. And it was great to read a bit more about the benefits of chanterelles.

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      The Pasta Project
      January 12, 2020 3:52 am

      Thank you, Danielle!

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    Kelly Anthony
    January 9, 2020 8:05 pm

    This pasta with chanterelle mushrooms and speck is made of simple ingredients yet full of wonderful flavors making this dish a family favorite.

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      The Pasta Project
      January 12, 2020 3:53 am

      Thank you, Kelly! I hope the family love it!

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    Analida Braeger
    January 9, 2020 6:27 pm

    Thanks for all the great information on the mushrooms! I am going to have to do some foraging at the store to see if they ever get these in to make this dish! Thanks again for a great recipe!

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      The Pasta Project
      January 12, 2020 3:55 am

      Thank you, Analida! I hope you can get your hands on some!

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    Genevieve
    January 9, 2020 6:37 am

    Oh my, your pasta recipes look heavenly! You are SO talented! I’m Italian and these look legit and authentic!

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      The Pasta Project
      January 12, 2020 3:56 am

      Thank you so much, Genevieve! That really is the highest compliment!

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    Beth
    January 8, 2020 8:48 pm

    It was fascinating learning about your two takes on this recipe, not to mention learning that speck is an edible thing. I will certainly be on the lookout for chanterelles, now, so I can try the recipe myself!

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      The Pasta Project
      January 9, 2020 1:07 am

      Thank you, Beth. If you can’t find speck, then pancetta can be used in its place 🙂

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    Stine Mari
    January 8, 2020 12:02 pm

    I didn’t know chanterelles were different in different parts of the world. Luckily these look pretty similar to the ones we got here. I can’t wait to try this dish, I’ve been craving chanterelles for a while now!

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      The Pasta Project
      January 9, 2020 1:08 am

      I really like chanterelles too! Hope you get to try and enjoy!

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    Patrice
    January 8, 2020 9:29 am

    This dish looks lovely. I really like tagliolini pasta which fortunately we can find at World Market here. When I was in France they used to grow mushrooms very similar to this that were delicious!

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      The Pasta Project
      January 9, 2020 1:10 am

      World Market is great for pasta. Hopefully you get to try the recipe out!

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    Jere Cassidy
    January 8, 2020 7:03 am

    I grew up in Indiana (midwest US) and we would hunt for morel mushrooms every year. Everyone kept it a secret where they would find the morels. I love mushrooms with pasta and I want to try the spinach pasta too.

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      The Pasta Project
      January 9, 2020 1:11 am

      Morels are lovely aren’t they, Jere?! Even better when you have found them yourself!

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    Angela
    January 8, 2020 5:35 am

    What beautifully simple ingredients that come together for a lovely dish.

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      The Pasta Project
      January 9, 2020 2:35 am

      Thank you, Angela!

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    Amanda
    January 8, 2020 3:52 am

    Oh, I love chanterelle mushrooms! They have such a rich flavor, and I’m always down for a pasta dish. Can’t wait to enjoy this serious comfort food!

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      The Pasta Project
      January 9, 2020 2:36 am

      Yes, they are a really lovely addition to any recipe!

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    Beth
    January 7, 2020 9:11 pm

    This is such a flavorful pasta dish! We just loved it! My son wants to have it again tonight!

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      The Pasta Project
      January 9, 2020 2:37 am

      I am so glad it was a hit, Beth!

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    Candice
    January 7, 2020 8:31 pm

    What a delicious treat! So much flavor is packed into this pasta with shockingly few ingredients. Such a fantastic recipe… can’t wait to make it again!

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      The Pasta Project
      January 9, 2020 2:38 am

      Thank you, Candice! I am glad it was a hit!

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    Lesli Schwartz
    January 7, 2020 8:17 pm

    I adore chanterelle mushrooms! I used to forage for them when I lived in Sweden. Such a special fungi! This pasta looks extra special!

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      The Pasta Project
      January 9, 2020 2:38 am

      How lovely! Finding them yourself is extra special!

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    Kay
    January 7, 2020 7:57 pm

    I love chanterelle mushrooms and this pasta recipe looks fantastic!
    I will give this a try soon!

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      The Pasta Project
      January 9, 2020 2:39 am

      Thank you, Kay!

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    Cindy
    January 7, 2020 7:56 pm

    Thank you for your detailed instructional pictures, that helps me! I am a huge pasta fan and always looking for new dishes to try! I especially loved the chanterelle mushrooms in this recipe!

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      The Pasta Project
      January 9, 2020 2:40 am

      Thank you, Cindy! I am glad you find the pictures useful!

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    Emily Liao
    January 7, 2020 7:54 pm

    This post was so helpful about learning more on chantarelle mushrooms! Can’t wait to include this in my next pasta dish 🙂

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      The Pasta Project
      January 9, 2020 2:41 am

      Happy to help, Emily!

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    Sisley White
    January 7, 2020 7:28 pm

    What a wonderful dish. Full of flavour and easy to make too.

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      The Pasta Project
      January 9, 2020 2:41 am

      Thank you, Sisley!

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    Jen
    January 7, 2020 7:25 pm

    This looks amazing! We’ve been lucky enough to find chanterelle mushrooms were we live in Oregon. I’ll definitely be making this soon.

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      The Pasta Project
      January 9, 2020 2:43 am

      Wow, that is lovely! How lucky!

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