fettuccine with guinea fowl and porcini ragù


There was some leftover guinea fowl from the other day so I thought I’d use it to make a ragu with some dried porcini that has been sitting in the pantry. The guinea fowl, being quite similar to rabbit, worked really well in the ragù. The meltingly tender meat, together with the porcini made a wonderfully flavoured, satisfying meal. It was pretty simple to make as well, just a bit of chopping and waiting for all the flavours to slowly come together over a low fire. B loved it so much he cracked open a Vosne-Romanée (1999, Alaine Hudelot-Noellat) to go with it. The wine paired nicely with the earthy dish, and although served a bit too cold to start, it slowly opened up with fleshy raspberry and velvety tannins, was rounded and very pleasant with a good finish.

Fettucine with Guinea Fowl and Porcini Ragù
serves 2-3

2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
I medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 guinea fowl breasts, roasted and shredded (or other meat, such as rabbit)
250ml chicken stock
2 cups dried porcini mushrooms (soaked in 500ml water for an hour – reserve the soaking liquid)
100g oyster mushrooms
1 tbsp unsalted butter
a handful of flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
300g fresh egg fettuccine or pappardelle
freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
ground black pepper

Heat oil in a heavy cast-iron pot over medium-high heat. Add 2 of the crushed garlic cloves, celery, carrot, onion and season generously with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium and cook for about 5 mins, stirring occasionally until the vegetables have softened.

Add the guinea fowl, chicken stock and water used to soak the porcini. Bring to a gentle simmer, then cover and leave to cook for an hour.

While the sauce is cooking, chop the porcini and oyster mushrooms. Heat the butter in a pan on medium heat, when it starts to bubble, add the remaining garlic and mushrooms. Cook for a few minutes until fragrant, then stir in the parsley. Remove from heat and season to taste.

Once the guinea fowl is tender and the sauce has reduced enough (there shouldn’t be too much liquid left, but the ragu should be saucy enough to coat the pasta), add the mushroom mixture to the main pot and simmer gently while you cook the fettuccine in salted boiling water (according to instructions on pack). Drain pasta and add to the ragù, tossing gently to combine (if you want a richer ragù you can add 2 tbsp butter to the sauce just before tossing in the pasta). Serve with some grated parmigiano.

fettucine with guinea fowl ragu

Guinea Fowl on Foodista Dried Porcini Mushrooms on Foodista

~ by gourmettraveller on July 21, 2009.

One Response to “fettuccine with guinea fowl and porcini ragù”

  1. i finally found the comment button!! i wanted to comment on your prev post but i couldn’t find it cos i’m so very duh haha… anyhoo! everytime i see/hear guinea fowl, i think of that guinea fowl scene in notting hill… :D your food looks great – more pictures more recipes more reviews please!!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: