Pappardelle with Radicchio and Speck

Pappardelle with Radicchio and Speck
Manuela Zangara


  • 2 Tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2  small onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 3/4 Ounce  Italian speck, sliced thinly and chopped
  • head radicchio, cored and shredded
  •   Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 12 Ounces  egg pappardelle
  •   5-7 ounces heavy cream
  •   Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated thinly, for serving

Radicchio is a chicory very specific to certain areas of northern Italy, especially Veneto. There are a few varieties, but Chioggia (the round kind) and Treviso (the elongated kind) are the most common. I have only ever seen Treviso in Sydney, so that's what I have used for this recipe, but the round variety works just as well. It is a bit bitter, but I love it… I mean, look at that color! So pretty! It can be eaten both raw, in salads, or cooked (the way I like it the most).

Radicchio is often not the first choice when it comes to kids, as many of them do not like its bitterness, but I find that when it is cooked and mixed with a little cream and Parmigiano-Reggiano, it tastes delicious and not so bitter any more.

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Heat the olive oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and Italian speck and sauté until the onion becomes translucent, a couple of minutes.

Add the radicchio and season with salt, to taste. Cover with a lid and reduce the heat to low. Cook for about 10 minutes. (Adding water shouldn't be necessary since radicchio usually creates a little liquid while cooking, but do keep an eye on it and adjust as needed. The end result should be rather dry, though.) Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pappardelle and cook for 1 minute less than the recommended time on the package directions (it will finish cooking together with the sauce). Drain the pasta.

Put the drained pasta in the pot with the radicchio and speck sauce, add the cream, and mix well while cooking over low heat for 1 or 2 minutes. Serve with thinly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and season with pepper, to taste.


Calories per serving:

558 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Balanced Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 100g 153%
  • Carbs 269g 90%
  • Saturated 45g 227%
  • Fiber 13g 53%
  • Sugars 16g
  • Monounsaturated 40g
  • Polyunsaturated 8g
  • Protein 64g 128%
  • Cholesterol 268mg 89%
  • Sodium 1,451mg 60%
  • Calcium 231mg 23%
  • Magnesium 229mg 57%
  • Potassium 1,593mg 46%
  • Iron 6mg 35%
  • Zinc 7mg 49%
  • Phosphorus 969mg 138%
  • Vitamin A 701µg 78%
  • Vitamin C 13mg 22%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 44%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 33%
  • Niacin (B3) 8mg 41%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 43%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 150µg 37%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 12%
  • Vitamin D 2µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 9mg 45%
  • Vitamin K 333µg 417%
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