This is Adam's go-to pasta dish with speck, thyme and mushroom; which gets a creamy, umami-loaded dinner on the table in no time.






Skill level

Average: 3.3 (22 votes)


  • 500 g rigatoni
  • 400 g button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 200 g piece speck or pancetta, chopped
  • 2 French shallots, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 125 ml (½ cup) white wine
  • 300 ml thickened cream
  • salt and black pepper, to season
  • 1 tbsp finely shredded parsley,
  • 25 g (¼ cup) grated parmesan cheese, to serve

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


  1. Bring a large saucepan of well salted water to the boil. Cook the pasta according to packet directions. While the pasta is cooking, place the mushrooms in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 4 minutes.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and fry the speck for a few minutes until lightly browned. Add the shallot, garlic, mushrooms and thyme and continue to fry for 1-2 minutes or until the mushrooms are browned. Add the white wine and cream and bring to a simmer. Season well with salt.
  3. When the pasta is cooked, transfer to the pan, bringing with it a bit of the pasta water, season with black pepper and toss through the sauce. Serve scattered with parsley, black pepper and parmesan cheese.


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