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Rach riffs on a classic Italian pasta known as "pizzoccheri," which is traditionally cooked with greens like cabbage—her version also includes bacon!
John mixed up an Italian-inspired "Americano Cocktail" to pair with this dish.
Click here for more of Rach's latest Italian recipes like Lemon Risotto and White Pasta a la Vodka (Vodka Cream Pasta Without Tomatoes).
Heat a large pot of water to boil for pasta.
Heat a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat with EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, add the bacon or smoked pancetta and brown, remove to paper towel-lined plate. Add onions, bay leaf and sage and soften a few minutes, add Brussels sprouts or cabbage, garlic, salt, white pepper, and nutmeg, toss and wilt 5 minutes, add wine and absorb, then stock and reduce heat to low. Add back in the bacon and remove bay leaf before tossing with pasta.
Cook pasta in salted water to al dente, reserve ½ cup salted cooking water, drain pasta and add to cabbage and/or sprouts with bacon or pancetta. Add starchy water and parm or pecorino and toss over heat 1 minute.
Serve pasta in shallow bowls and pass more cheese at table.