Magic & Pasta: Papa's Sausage and Porcini Casserole

Magic & Pasta: Papa's Sausage and Porcini Casserole

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Learn how to make hearty and authentic Italian food with Chef Isabella Franco in this original masterclass. Get step by step instructions to these original recipes and ready yourself to enjoy homemade Italian food. Join Chef Isabella Franco in this episode as she makes her Papa's beloved sausage and porcini casserole. There's a reason she's making this recipe years later, so make sure you try this one for pure Italian comfort food. About Chef Isabella Franco: Italian film-maker Federico Fellini famously said that “Life is a combination of magic and pasta” and this sums up Isabella’s attitude towards food perfectly! Eating for pleasure, never calorie-counting and enjoying life to the full.

Papa's Sausage and Porcini Casserole


  • 30g dried porcini mushrooms, soaked in boiling water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 good-quality Italian sausages or spiced sausages
  • 75g smoked pancetta
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 250g brown mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • 2 glasses red wine
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 150ml beef stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • A handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped

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