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Hen liver pasta with porcini mushrooms. – The Pasta Venture

There are a lot of Italian recipes for pasta with rooster livers however this one from the Marche area in Central Italy is excellent! Hen liver pasta with porcini is a wealthy and flavourful dish that dates again to the kitchens of Italy’s peasant inhabitants when the agricultural folks ate meals they may forage or produce themselves. I used gluten free pasta, so it is a gluten free recipe. However, you should use any pasta kind.

Chicken liver pasta with porcini mushrooms; Recipe from Marche

Maltagliati al ragu all’ascolana.

I discovered this recipe in an Italian cookbook with recipes from the Marche area in Central Italy. Within the ebook, this recipe is named Maltagliati al ragu all’ascolana (rigaglie di pollo e funghi porcini).

The cookbook writer credit the recipe to a trattoria within the metropolis of Ascoli Piceno, capital of the province of the identical identify. Nevertheless, plainly restaurant has since closed. However, even so, rooster liver ragu has lengthy been a typical regional recipe.

The place is the Marche area?

The Marche area (additionally referred to as Le Marche) is located in Central Italy between the Apennine mountains and the Adriatic Sea! This area is sometimes called ‘the following Tuscany’, however it doesn’t get the vacationer invasions that Tuscany does. Actually, most the vacationers that benefit from the treasures of Marche are Italians.

Overseas vacationers nonetheless haven’t found Marche’s fairly villages, kilometers of lovely shoreline, breathtaking inland surroundings, and nice meals! If I needed to transfer to a different Italian area, Marche can be prime of my listing!

What’s Maltagliati pasta?

As you may see from the photograph, the recipe I adopted referred to as for maltagliati pasta. In Italian, the phrase ‘maltagliati’ means ‘badly minimize’! Actually, these squares, rhombus or irregularly formed flat pasta items originated because the stays of rolled out pasta dough after making pasta like tagliatelle.

ingredients for chicken liver and porcini ragu on wooden board
Step 1 Collect your elements.

Though initially only a method for housewives to make use of up leftover pasta dough, lately maltagliati pasta is offered by numerous pasta firms. When shopping for dried maltagliati, you’ll find it minimize into barely completely different shapes; typically with ruffled edges and typically irregular relying on the pasta maker. See my maltagliati put up for extra details about this pasta.

ingredients for chicken liver and porcini ragu chopped and ready to cook
Step 2 Put together the elements for the rooster liver and porcini ragu

Gluten free mafaldine/mafalda pasta.

I made a decision to make use of gluten free brief mafalda for this rooster liver pasta with porcini mushrooms recipe. Brief mafalda (additionally referred to as mafaldine) is similar to dried maltagliati. This was my first trial of gluten free pasta and I’ve to say I used to be pleasantly shocked.

gluten free mafalda pasta from Garofalo

The pasta I used was made by Garofalo, an organization that produces pasta in Gragnano close to Naples. The city of Gragnano has been a centre of pasta making for about 500 years and, for my part, a few of the greatest Italian dried pasta comes from there.

Frozen and dried porcini in deep frying pan with olive oil, garlic and parsley
Step 3 Sauté the mishrooms in olive oil with garlic and parsley.

Since I’m not an professional on gluten free pasta I can’t examine. However, despite the fact that the mafalda didn’t have the identical flavour or chunk of conventional pasta, it labored rather well with the wealthy rooster liver and porcini ragu.

chopped chicken livers in deep frying pan with olive oil, onions and bay leaves
Step 4 Sauté a few of the onions and the bay leaves in olive oil. Then add the chopped livers.

The one downside was that, by the following day, the pasta had fallen aside within the already combined leftovers. So, if I take advantage of gluten free mafalda once more for this recipe, I’ll solely combine sufficient pasta with the rooster liver and porcini to eat instantly and hold any leftover ragu individually.

Ragu all’ascolana.

Though my cookbook refers back to the sauce of rooster livers and porcini mushrooms as ragu all’ascolana, there are different pasta all’ascolana recipes from Marche. Essentially the most well-known of which is pasta with tuna and olives all’ascolana. The star of that dish is giant inexperienced olives referred to as Ascolana olives, which the province is legendary for.

wine added to chicken livers cooking in deep frying pan
Step 5 After browning the livers, add wine and cook dinner till alcohol evaporates. Take away the liver and juices from the pan.

The ragu on this recipe nonetheless is made with rooster livers, porcini mushrooms, onions, garlic, white wine, carrots, celery, parsley and bay leaves. This rooster liver and porcini mushroom ragu has a superb wealthy and deep flavour! Plus, it doesn’t take very lengthy to make.

The fifth quarter.

Hen livers and different giblets or offal translate to ‘rigaglie’ or ‘frattaglie’ in Italian. These and different animal elements (liver, kidneys, brains, intestines, bone marrow and many others) are often known as the ‘quinto quarto’ or the fifth quarter.

chopped onions, celery and carrots cooking in olive oil in deep frying pan.
Step 6 Sauté the remainder of the onions and the celery and carrots in olive oil till softened.

This time period dates again to instances when the meat of butchered animals was divided into 5 elements. The ‘good’ meat was divided into 4 sections or quarters. The primary and greatest ‘quarto’ was offered to the nobles, the second was for the clergy, the third one for the wealthy and at last the fourth ‘quarto’ was for the military. So, what did everybody else eat? The fifth quarter or offal and different much less appreciated elements of an animal!

Cooked chicken livers in deep frying pan with chopped onions, celery and carrots
Step 7 Put the rooster livers and juices again within the pan.

Many non-Italians will not be eager on offal, however conventional Italian delicacies is stuffed with offal recipes. Meals writer Elizabeth David as soon as wrote, ‘In American cooking, every thing that may be thrown away is thrown away’. However, in conventional Italian delicacies, nothing is wasted!

Rome is legendary for its fifth quarter recipes. Nevertheless, rooster liver pasta dishes are typical all through Italy. I’ve already revealed a recipe for tagliatelle with rooster livers from Emilia-Romagna which is certainly value attempting. On my to make listing is a dish from Piemonte for conventional egg-rich tagliolini referred to as tajarin with rooster livers.

cooked porcini mushrooms in deep frying pan with cooked liver and vegetables
Step 8 Put the cooked mushrooms within the pan with the rooster livers.

Hen gizzards.

Within the recipe I adopted, the elements embrace rooster gizzards in addition to liver. A gizzard, durello in Italian, is a muscle or small organ discovered within the digestive tract of a rooster which helps the hen digest grains. Since I used a packet of simply rooster livers to make this rooster liver pasta recipe, I didn’t embrace gizzards. However, if you happen to like them, you may chop them and cook dinner them together with the liver.

cherry tomatoes added to the chicken livers, mushrooms and vegetables in deep frying pan
Step 9 Add the tomatoes to the liver, mushrooms and greens and simmer for 45 minutes.

Offal is sweet for you!

All offal or organ meat (liver, kidneys, coronary heart and many others) is without doubt one of the most nutrient dense meals you may eat! In fact, it’s vital that the animals are grass fed or at the very least within the case of chickens, given natural feed.

Liver is especially wholesome and nutritious. Actually, it accommodates vital quantities of folate, iron, vitamin B, vitamin A, and copper. Consuming a single serving of liver will help you meet each day really helpful quantities of all these nutritional vitamins and minerals.

ready chicken liver and porcini ragu in deep frying pan
If the sauce appears dry, add some porcini soaking water, inventory or tomato passata.

Making ready elements for this rooster liver pasta with porcini.

Porcini mushrooms (ceps) are one of the crucial well-liked foraged fungi in Italy. Though we sometimes have recent porcini, I largely add frozen or dried to pasta recipes. For this recipe, I used each. You should utilize simply dried porcini. However in that case, I’d add one other kind of mushrooms such a cremini to substitute the meatiness of recent or frozen porcini. Don’t overlook to soak the dried porcini in heat water first.

cooked short mafalda pasta in pan with chicken liver and porcini ragu
Step 10 Cook dinner the pasta al dente, drain it and add it to the ragu.

Making this rooster liver and porcini ragu is fairly simple and doesn’t take lengthy as liver doesn’t want lengthy cooking. Nevertheless, it’s a good suggestion to soak the liver in milk for 1-3 hours beforehand. Soaking liver in milk helps to melt it and make it much less bitter and fewer metallic. I often do that when cooking liver.

After you have soaked the liver and porcini you may put together all of the elements. Finely chop the onion, carrot and celery, chop the liver and mushrooms into small items, peel and chop the garlic and wash and chop the parsley. In case you are utilizing recent tomatoes, you’ll need to peel them except they’re small cherry tomatoes.

ready chicken liver pasta with porcini in deep frying pan
Step 11 Combine the pasta and ragu collectively rigorously and serve instantly with extra chopped parsley.

Cooking the rooster liver and porcini ragu

Now to cook dinner the ragu; sauté the mushrooms with olive oil, garlic, parsley and salt in a small frying pan till cooked. In a bigger heavy pan or skillet, pour in somewhat olive oil, a few of the chopped onion and a bay leaf to the pan and sauté till the onion begins to melt, then add the chopped liver. Rapidly brown the liver after which add the wine. Let the alcohol evaporate and switch the liver and cooking juices right into a bowl.

Chicken liver pasta with porcini mushrooms; Recipe from Marche

Lastly, in the identical pan, sauté the remainder of the onions, the carrots and the celery in somewhat extra olive oil. When the veggies have softened add the mushrooms and liver with cooking juices. Add the recent or canned tomatoes and somewhat salt. Combine every thing gently collectively and simmer for about 45 minutes on a low warmth.

End and serve.

Whereas the ragu is simmering, you may put a pot of water on to boil for the pasta if serving instantly. Nevertheless, you may put together the ragu prematurely and hold it within the fridge for a day or two.  As soon as able to serve, cook dinner the pasta al dente based on the directions on the packet. Drain the pasta and add it to the sauce. Combine gently and serve instantly with some chopped parsley.

Chicken liver pasta with porcini mushrooms; Recipe from Marche

As I discussed above, I used gluten free brief mafalda for this recipe. You should utilize different gluten free pasta or simply regular semolina or egg pasta. Hen liver and porcini ragu goes nicely with all pasta shapes. Serve it with tubes like penne or rigatoni and even recent egg noodles reminiscent of tagliatelle or pappardelle.

Chicken liver pasta with porcini mushrooms; Recipe from Marche

Let me know what you suppose!

Whether or not you employ gluten free pasta like me or one other kind, I’m certain you’ll love the richness of this rooster liver pasta with porcini. This can be a scrumptious and really nutritious pasta recipe that’s simple sufficient for household meals and but particular sufficient for friends!

If you happen to do do that recipe, I’d love to listen to what you suppose. Please write a remark right here on the weblog or put up a touch upon the Pasta Venture Fb web page.

Your suggestions means so much to me!

Buon appetito!

chicken liver pasta with porcini mushrooms

Hen liver pasta with porcini mushrooms; Recipe from Marche (gluten free)


This wealthy and nutritious rooster liver pasta with porcini mushrooms is a really nutritious conventional recipe from Central Italy. It is easy sufficient for household meals but particular sufficient for friends! This can be a gluten free recipe however you should use any kind of pasta.

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook dinner Time 1 hr

Course Most important Course

Delicacies Central Italy, Italian, Le Marche, Marche, Mediterranean

Servings 4

Energy 458 kcal


  • 360 g maltagliati or brief mafalda pasta (12oz) I used gluten free pasta
  • 300 g rooster livers (10.5oz) soaked in milk after which chopped
  • 2 carrots washed and finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks washed and finely chopped
  • 1 onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 60 g dried porcini mushrooms (2oz) soaked after which chopped
  • 60 g recent or frozen porcini mushrooms minimize into items or 100g (3.5oz) recent cremini mushrooms
  • 300 g cherry tomatoes (10.5oz) halved or peeled canned or recent sauce tomatoes
  • 1-2 garlic cloves peeled and chopped
  • 1 handful recent parsley washed and chopped
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 4-5 tbsp additional virgin olive oil.
  • salt for pasta and to style
  • 1/2 glass white wine
  • milk to soak liver (non-obligatory)


Put together the elements

  • Soak the rooster livers in milk for 1-3 hours (non-obligatory however really helpful) Soak the dried porcini in heat water for at the very least half-hour. Drain the livers and porcini mushrooms preserving the liquid from the mushrooms.

  • Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic. Wash and finely chop the celery and carrots. Chop the rooster liver into small items. Minimize the frozen or recent mushrooms into small items. Wash and chop the parsley. Peel the recent tomatoes if utilizing sauce tomatoes with thick skins like San Marzano. If utilizing cherry tomatoes simply wash and halve them.

Make the rooster liver and porcini ragu

  • Sauté the mushrooms in olive oil with garlic and parsley till cooked.

  • In a separate bigger pan, sauté a few of the onion with the bay leaves till onion begins to melt. Then add the rooster livers and brown on all sides shortly. Add white wine and cook dinner till alcohol evaporates ( 1-2 minutes). Take away the liver and juices from the pan and put aside.

  • Pour somewhat extra olive oil into the pan and sauté the remainder of the onions, the carrots and celery till they begin to soften. Then add again the liver and juices. Combine collectively nicely. Add the cooked mushrooms and blend once more. Then add the tomatoes. Add salt to style. Cook dinner the sauce over a low warmth for about 45 minutes. If it appears dry you may add a few of the porcini water, some tomato passata or inventory.

End and serve

  • Whereas the ragu is simmering, put a pot of water onto boil for the pasta. Add salt as soon as it begins to boil and convey to the boil once more. Cook dinner the pasta al dente based on the directions on the packet. When prepared, drain the pasta and add it to the sauce. Combine every thing collectively gently. Serve instantly with extra chopped parsley.


I used gluten free mafalda pasta so this recipe is gluten free. You should utilize any kind of pasta. 
N.B. Gluten free pasta could not maintain up nicely as leftovers combined with ragu. I recommend preserving leftover ragu separate and solely mixing with pasta when able to eat. Leftover ragu will be saved within the fridge for 2-3 days or frozen.
Soaking the livers in milk beforehand is really helpful because it softens the liver and makes it style much less bitter or metallic.

Key phrase rooster liver pasta, gluten free pasta recipe, porcini

Different rooster liver pasta recipes.

  1. Tagliatelle with rooster livers recipe from Emilia-Romagna
  2. Tagliolini pasta alla Langarola from Piemonte

Extra conventional recipes from Marche.

  1. Tagliatelle with rabbit ragu.
  2. Spaghetti ‘mare e monti’ with porcini and calamari
  3. Home made ricotta ravioli with steak sauce.
  4. Pasta with fava beans and pancetta

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Chicken liver pasta with porcini mushrooms; Recipe from Marche

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