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Prosciutto Mushroom Pasta in a Porter Cream Sauce

Prosciutto Mushroom Pasta in a Porter Cream Sauce

I’ve figured something out. I have a reverse sense of fear. Is this a thing? I think so, even if it’s a term I just made up. I’m terrified of things that shouldn’t scare me, like mall Santas, commitment, and going on a cruise.

But things that should scare me like almost dying in Morocco and jumping out of airplanes, those things sound fun and exciting. The thought of having the same job for 30 years sounds frightening, but quitting my job to write about beer wasn’t (even without any certainty of income).

This all points to the same issue: I must be miswired on some fundamental level.

I’m OK with this, to be honest, I prefer it. There is a long list of things I’d change about myself if given the chance, but this isn’t one of them. Maybe my life would be a bit easier if I was more typical, but clearly "easy" isn’t something I’ve ever strived for.

For now, I’ll continue to do things that don’t make sense like putting beer in all the things and taking a perfectly lovely vegetarian pasta and covering it in pork. And I hope you’re OK with that since I like you.

And I want you to stick around. Especially because of all the lovely things you said when I posted this. You’re the best.


Prosciutto Mushroom Pasta in a Porter Cream Sauce

Servings 4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 oz prosciutto
  • 1 shallot chopped (about ¼ cup)
  • 5 cups mixed mushrooms rough chopped (chanterelles, crimini, oyster, Shittake)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme chopped
  • 1/3 cup porter beer
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 12 ounces pappardelle pasta
  • ¼ cup fresh grated parmesan


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the slices of prosciutto, cooking until crispy. Remove from heat and allow to drain and cool.
  • Add the shallots, cooking until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the mushrooms and thyme, cooking until the mushrooms have browned, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the beer, scraping to deglaze the bottom of the pan. Stir in the chicken broth, lower heat to simmer until the sauce has slightly thickened. Stir in the cream, and remaining spices.
  • Cook the pasta in boiling, salted water until just before al dente.
  • Drain the pasta and add to the pan. Toss to coat.
  • Transfer pasta to a serving bowl. Crumble prosciutto and sprinkle on the top. Sprinkle with parmesan, salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.


Adapted from Bon Appetite 

Adapted from Bon Appetit


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Kaeleigh September 28, 2017 um 1:19 am

Keep doing what feels right to you, and *especially* keep putting beer in all the things! I love your recipes and all your stories 🙂


Ben Myhre September 28, 2017 um 4:21 am

> I must be miswired on some fundamental level.

Some of the best people in the world are like this. So are some of the scariest… I would lump you in the former.

And this recipe. mmmm… everything that is great about a pasta dish! Cream, butter, and bacon come together to make what looks like a dish I would love.


Dawn January 7, 2018 um 11:44 pm

So this looks freaking amazing and putting pork and beer on things is my happy place. Sadly though I’m allergic to mushrooms. Which super sucks because they’re tasty and everyone is putting them in stuff now. Would this work just taking them out? Is there a replacement that maybe wouldn’t end up with me covered in hives and my throat closing (but my tummy so happy)?


Jackie January 8, 2018 um 9:53 am

Oh no! Mushrooms are yummy, but definitely not worth anaphylaxis. Unfortunately, there really isn’t a replacement for them that’s an easy swap. I’d say add a little bit of sun-dried tomatoes, and a cup of chickpeas (maybe try roasting them first?) and add about 1/4 cup beef broth for flavor. Good luck and stay safe out there in this fungus infested world!


Kimberly Laack December 9, 2020 um 4:57 pm

I live your blog!


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