Fusilli with Green Beans, Pancetta, and Parmigiano
by Karen Mussoline
Email:karenmussoline@aol.com

URL Source: http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/fusilli-green-beans-pancetta-parmigiano.aspx
Source: Fine Cooking Magazine June/July
Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Food Group: Pasta
Serves: 6

Ingredients

1/2 pound(s) fusilli or other twisted pasta
4 ounce pancetta, sliced 1/4 inch thick and cut into 1/2 -inch squares (3/4 cup)
1 large clove garlic, smashed and peeled
1/2 pound(s) 1/2 lb. green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch lengths (2 cups)
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 ounce finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (1 cup)
Bring a medium pot of well-salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta until just barely al dente, about 1 minute less than package timing. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water, and drain the pasta. While the pasta cooks, put the pancetta in a cold 10-inch skillet and set over medium-high heat. When the pancetta starts sizzling, add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until starting to brown, 1 minute. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook the pancetta until golden but still chewy at the center (taste a piece if you’re not sure), an additional 2 to 3 minutes. If the pancetta has rendered a lot of its fat, spoon off all but 1 Tbs. of the fat from the pan. Add the beans to the pan and cook, stirring constantly, until they’re crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the garlic and season the beans with salt and pepper. With the pan still over medium heat, add the pasta, 1/2 cup of the pasta water, and the butter. Toss to combine. Add another 1/4 cup pasta water and 3/4 cup of the Parmigiano. Stir well and season to taste with salt and pepper. If necessary, add a little more pasta water to loosen the sauce. Transfer the pasta to a serving bowl. Grind black pepper over the top and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
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