Chef Tony Priolo's Stracci Di Farro

Chef Tony Priolo of Chicago's Piccolo Sogno and Piccolo Sogno Due showcases his mushroom finesse in the menus of these...
Chef Tony Priolo's Stracci Di Farro

Chef Tony Priolo of Chicago's Piccolo Sogno and Piccolo Sogno Due showcases his mushroom finesse in the menus of these staple sister restaurants, serving flavorful signature items heavily incorporating the wild ingredient. With Chef Tony's easy to follow recipe for his specialty Stracci Di Farro, everyone can savor a moment for mushrooms!

Ingredients

For the pasta dough

  • 1/2 Cup semolina flour
  • 1/4 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 Cup spelt flour
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Pinch of sea salt

For the sauce

  • 1 bunch of asparagus, cut into pieces
  • 1 Cup mixed mushrooms, cut into slices
  • 1 clove of garlic, cut into thin slices
  • 1/2 Cup porcini broth
  • 1/8 Cup dry white wine
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 drizzle of white truffle oil
  • 1 wedge of parmesan cheese, sliced into curls with peeler
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 Pinch of sea salt and black pepper

Directions

For the pasta dough

In a food processor, add all ingredients and pulse until little balls form. Take the dough out and knead by hand. Let the dough rest, roll out into thin sheets and cut into irregular sized pieces (similar to triangles). Cook in boiling salted water for one and a half minutes and toss into sauce.

For the sauce

In hot sauté pan, add the olive oil and lightly brown the sliced garlic. Add the asparagus and mushrooms, seasoning with salt and pepper and sauté for 3-4 minutes or until they are soft. Deglaze with the white wine and cook down by half. Add the porcini broth and cook down by half, adjusting the seasoning. Add the butter and cooked pasta. Toss everything together and adjust the seasoning. Drizzle with truffle oil and serve, garnishing with parmesan curls.

Farro Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Farro Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.