02 July 2012

Truffle Taglietelle with Chanterelle Mushrooms (Taglietelle al Tartufo con Finferli) and Dolomites Hiking Trails



Sometimes I wonder why in the world we hike up the mountains and call it "enjoyment" Come to think of it.  We kill our leg and back muscles, we have to put up to our 6-year old's complaints from the first step until the last (even if he is undeniably the strongest and fastest among all of us), my husband sometimes carry the backpack carrier with our 2-year old in it, while I carry all our essentials on my back and most of all, we risk our lives going through the steep trails. 


It is the feeling of accomplishment that we hiked all the way from one rifugio (mountain shelter) to another or finished a trail that keeps us going.   And being the parents of two kids who hike with us give us a sense of pride and unity. 


It's amazing how these trails we're trudging on, have seen so many years of my husband's growth from a child to a young man.  He took me here, and we both hiked the same trails he did when he was growing up.  A third member to our little family came and he too enjoyed the hikes we did, barking all the way up and down the trails, pushing us to go on when we slow down. 


I gave birth to our fourth member, our son, who joined our hikes too, carried by my husband on his back when he couldn't walk yet and showed us how he could keep up with us when he learned to walk, then run.  He's a strong kid, sometimes keeping up with the adults we meet along the trails. 


And we arrive to the the last member of our family, our daughter, who is also showing great interest in the mountains and keeping up with us in walking.  We tend to be slower than the rest because of the little steps our daughter makes but nevertheless, we hike together as a family, keeping our walks memorable.   Maybe when their turns as parents come too, they will continue coming here.


The past days had been strangely hot here.  The other day, the temperature even reached more than 30 degrees Celcius with the sun beating down on us while walking.  It was not really the ideal temperature to hike but there are so many places to see with very little time.  We always think that two weeks is a lot but it's never really enough to do everything that we want to. 


Here are some pictures I did while hiking in the areas of Fanes in Cortina d'Ampezzo and the trail of Rifugio Scotter to Rifugio San Marco in San Vito di Cadore.


Sometimes, we pass by a panificio (bread shop) to have our panini (sandwiches) made and packed for a picnic or sometimes we eat in a rifugio.  






Taglietelle ai funghi (taglietelle with mushrooms) is a common pasta in this area because of the abundance of mushrooms.   It's one of the dishes I usually prepare while on holiday here, as well as risotto ai funghi (mushroom risotto).

Before going back to the chalet the other day, I got some freshly picked finferli (chanterelle mushrooms) and I cooked a simple taglietelle ai funghi using taglietelle with truffles for a change.


I hope you all enjoyed your weekend like I did.  Until the next post!



Truffle Taglietelle with Chanterelle Mushrooms 

(Taglietelle al Tartufo con Finferli )

Ingredients:
Serves 4
  • 250 grams finferli (chanterelle mushrooms)
  • salt
  • 350 - 400 grams taglietelle (regular or al tartufo)
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • handful of parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 glass white wine
  • pepper
  • parmigiano reggiano, grated
Directions:
  1. Rinse the mushrooms under the faucet then soak for 30 minutes.  Drain and discard the water.
  2. Boil water for the pasta.  When it boils, add some salt.  Then add the taglietelle and cook following the number of minutes suggested in the package.
  3. Meanwhile, as soon as you put the water for the pasta on the fire, sautè the garlic in a saucepan with extra virgin olive oil.
  4. When they color, add the mushrooms in medium - high fire.
  5. Toss the mushrooms.  When the liquid is starting to evaporate, about 10 minutes, pour the wine.  
  6. Let the alcohol evaporate for about 5 minutes then season with salt & pepper.  
  7. When you see that the sauce is starting to dry up, put down the fire.
  8. Cook for another 5 minutes then sprinkle with parsley.  Turn off the fire.
  9. Mix the cooked taglietelle with the mushrooms.  Sprinkle with the grated parmigiano reggiano before serving.



29 comments:

  1. I love pasta with mushrooms, this looks absolutely scrumptious. Loving your photos of the Dolomites, too!

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  2. I love mushrooms so this may very well be the best looking dish of pasta I've ever seen!
    Your photos are wonderful and I'm envious of your hiking trips;-)

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    1. That's so nice of you Patty! Thanks!

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  3. Chanterelles are my very favorite mushrooms! This pasta must be delicious! And those photos and views! Ahhhh.... Looks like you had a fabulous hike :-)

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    1. I loved the pasta. It's simple and the mushrooms stand out. Yes, we had fabulous hikes and the views are always breathtaking!

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  4. This pasta makes me want to eat boatloads of mushrooms how delicious :D
    One of the most beautiful ever no doubt!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  5. Beautiful dish that I would love to eat. How wonderful that you are hiking with your children they will appreciate the time you took with them when they get older. Family vacations like that are some of my best memories with my family. The photos as usual are breath taking Row and I mean it.

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    1. Suzanne, I do hope they will have fond memories of our time together and that they will continue loving this place too. Thank you Suzanne!

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  6. It's SUCH a joy visiting your blog.. The photos, the recipes.. All gorgeous! What a delicious dish!

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    1. Thank you very much Villy for the nice comment!

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  7. The pasta looks wonderful - I love mushrooms and pasta together.
    We hike a lot as well. It is part of the reason we moved to Colorado. We wanted to be able to hike on weekends and get out doors, not just when we came here on vacation. My son is 7 now, and he can keep up much better than he used to. He was keeping up on with the adults we met with yesterday just fine! So fun to see where how far our kids have come!

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    1. I heard how beautiful Colorado is Erin. It's THE place for nature lovers like you and your family. It should be wonderful to live there. Kids just need to be pushed a bit to hike with us because they find it boring at times. What makes my son interested so much is the lollipop or ice cream waiting for him at the next mountain shelter or the butterflies that he hikes with.

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  8. What a cute family! I love the pics...very very beautiful!
    And the dish well what can i say i wish that i was there to enjoy the nature, the view and that meal! Thank you for sharing...

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    1. Thank you Sandra! Wish you can join us too!

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  9. I just loved your vacation photos! And your chanterelle pasta looks amazing.

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  10. I am in love with this dish! I want this now! It's a perfect meal after a day of hiking! Such a beautiful place, the Dolomites!

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    1. Yes Jen! It was wonderful to find the fresh mushrooms at the market then cook them immediately after we got home.

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  11. I am in love with Chanterelle mushrooms and your dish looks just spectacular! What a great vacation you are enjoying with your family and I am loving all of the photos. Have a blast!!!

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    1. Thank you Lisa! We are really having a blast!

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  12. Rowena, I love your images. Your little one is so adorable in her hiking outfit! I am up in the mountains now and have been enjoying hikes everday--while I think it's beautiful here the scenery here takes my breath away.

    Your pasta dish is perfect after a full day of hiking. :)

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    1. I've heard that Lake Tahoe very beautiful Jean. I wish I can visit it someday too. Mountain sceneries, wherever they are, always revitalizes us.

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  13. This looks absolutely delectable. It took me way too long to fall in love with mushrooms, but there is no turning back now. And mushrooms + white wine = the best combo on the planet. Your hiking photos, by the way, are beautiful.

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    1. I have a friend who took so long to like mushrooms too. And now that she likes them, she always eats them! Thanks!

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  14. Agreed with Laura. Pasta + mushrooms + white wine? Um, yes. Yes yes yes. I didn't always like mushrooms, but they are seriously growing on me. Never had these though.

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    1. Not everyone really likes mushrooms. It just takes time getting used to.

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  15. Looks like a fantastic place to hike :) And this pasta dish is just delicious...love mushrooms!

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