Radicchio with Pappardelle

  • Serves

    serves 4


Steven Wagner, an Italian-born radicchio enthusiast, gave us this recipe.


  • 2 heads chioggia or treviso radicchio
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 14 lb. pancetta or slab bacon, julienned
  • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb. pappardelle
  • Freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano


Step 1

Core, then julienne, chioggia or treviso radicchio.

Step 2

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add pancetta and brown, stirring occasionally, for 5-10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and add onions. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are golden, about 30 minutes.

Step 3

Meanwhile, cook pappardelle in a large pot of salted water until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain pasta, reserving ½ cup cooking water. Add radicchio to onions and pancetta and cook, stirring, until radicchio is wilted, about 3 minutes. Add pasta and reserved cooking water, mix well, season with salt and pepper, and serve topped with freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano.

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