It's a dish made with smoked bacon, Maitake mushrooms, Merlot wine, spinach, and a hint of cream. A decadent indulgence indeed, perfect for 'date-night' or a special occasion dinner, and guaranteed to give rave reviews. This pasta is wonderful as a side dish, or even a light entree.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
40 mins
55 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

  • Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or large heavy-bottom pot over medium-high heat; cook and stir bacon and black pepper until browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate using a slotted spoon, reserving bacon grease and oil in Dutch oven.

  • Cook linguine in the boiling water until tender yet firm to the bite, 11 to 13 minutes; drain.

  • Cook and stir shallots and garlic in the bacon grease mixture until shallots are nearly translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add maitake mushrooms and salt-free seasoning blend; cook and stir until mushrooms are wilted, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle flour over mushroom mixture; cook and stir until until flour is dissolved and thickened, about 3 minutes.

  • Slowly pour wine into mushroom mixture while constantly stirring until a smooth and thick sauce forms, about 5 minutes. Add 1 cup water, chicken stock, and butter spread; cook and stir until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low and mix cream, hot sauce, and salt into sauce.

  • Mix pasta into sauce until coated. If sauce becomes too thick, slowly add more water until desired consistency is reached. Remove from heat and stir spinach and bacon into pasta mixture; top with chives and basil.

Cook's Notes:

I've written the directions this way to give you results consistent with my own. Please follow in exact order.

Water and Fond-du-Poulet, may be substituted 2 cups chicken stock, reduced to one cup.

Nutrition Facts

406 calories; protein 16.5g 33% DV; carbohydrates 56.8g 18% DV; fat 10.5g 16% DV; cholesterol 22.4mg 8% DV; sodium 285.9mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
I doubled this because I have a large family. It was ridiculously delicious! Even the kids loved it! I will make it again. Frequently. Read More