Velvet Mushroom Stroganoff

adapted from Mushroom Stroganoff with Goat Cheese from Alton Brown

8 oz. sliced Baby Bella mushrooms

3-4 oz chopped Pancetta or bacon, optional

1 T unsalted butter*

1 T olive oil*

1 cup double strength beef broth

4 green onions, chopped, whites and tops divided

1 T flour

1/2 cup sour cream

4 oz Fontina cheese, grated

1-2 oz shaved Parmesan


chopped parsley for garnish

Bring pot of salted water to boil.  Add pasta, boil 2 minutes, stir, cover and turn off burner.  Pasta will continue cooking while you make the mushroom sauce

Cook pancetta in skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently until crispy.  Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Brown mushrooms in fat rendered from pancetta or  in butter an olive oil over medium high heat until juices release and they turn golden, 5-6 minutes.  Add white part of the onions and cook until softened.  Stir in flour and cook one minute, then add broth and deglaze pan.  Reduce heat to medium low and cook for 10 minutes.  Add sour cream and Fontina and season with pepper. Simmer gently until cheese melts

Drain pasta and add to sauce. Stir to combine.  Serve immediately, garnished with green onion tops and chopped parsley.  OR turn into a 1 1/2 quart buttered casserole dish, sprinkle with parmesan and refrigerate until ready to bake.  Bake uncovered at 325 for 40-45 minutes or until heated through.  Garnish with green onions and parsley.  Makes 4 servings

NOTE: This dish is salty because of the broth,  pancetta and Parmesan, so do not add additional salt.  Leave out the pancetta and Parmesan if you want to make it less salty.

*you won’t need the butter and olive oil if you are using pancetta or bacon