This Black Truffle pasta is a decadent treat for a special date night. The unmistakably earthy rich flavor of black truffle is paired with everything it loves, butter, cheese and perfectly cooked linguine. This is delicious and special meal and is sure to impress!
Black truffles works so well with rich ingredients like butter and cheese, the fat in these ingredients absorbs the truffle flavor and carries it though the whole dish, making this black truffle pasta so delicious.
If you can’t get fresh black truffles then try the ones packed in olive oil will work well. There are also several companies that sell flash frozen black truffles.
The recipe calls for grated truffle in the butter, this ensures flavor is in the sauce. The sliced truffle on top is a wonderful garnish but a sprinkle of grated truffle would add the extra flavor and color impact without using as much truffle.
It is really important to reserve a cup of the pasta cooking water. As there is no cream in this sauce the cooking water emulsifies with the butter to create a luscious and creamy sauce that coats every strand of pasta with the truffle flavor.
We suggest salted butter as this adds extra seasoning. If you only have unsalted butter then ensure you season your sauce extremely well with salt to really bring out the earthy flavor of the truffle.
Although a little black pepper can enhance the muskiness of the black truffle, be sparing with it. Too much will over power you truffle.
Appetizer: Rather than serving a side dish with this we recommend adding a nibble platter to the start of the meal. Plate up some marinated artichokes, olives, burrata(or buffalo mozzarella) and sun-dried tomatoes.
Wine: For this decadent meal, why not pick a vintage champagne. The aged flavor will enhance the musky truffle. Alternatively a white burgundy has the same affect. If picking something different avoid wines with too much acidity or oaked varieties as they will over power your truffle.
If you prefer red then pick an older Barolo or Burgundy; their spice and dried fruits notes will help the musky truffle flavor to linger in your mouth.
Black Truffle Pasta
This Black Truffle Pasta is a decadent treat for a special date night. The unmistakably earthy rich flavor of black truffle is paired with everything it loves, butter, cheese and perfectly cooked linguine. This is delicious and special meal and is sure to impress!
- 8 oz linguine (1/2lb) (250g)
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 stick salted butter (5 tbsp)
- 1 oz fresh black truffle
- fresh parsley
- salt and pepper to taste
Bring a large pan of water to the boil, salt it generously and then cook the pasta until al dente. (Usually 1 minute less than the packet suggests)
Meanwhile grate the parmesan and set to one side.
Add the butter to a heavy based skillet and let it melt over a low heat.
Once the butter has melted grate in about 3/4 of the black truffle.
Stir well and then remove from the heat.
Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water and then drain.
Stir the pasta into the butter, along with 1/4 cup of the reserved water. Stir gently until over a low heat until everything is combined. Add more water if it starts to feel sticky.
Add the parmesan and serve immediately with fresh parsley garnish and more black truffle.