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Bacon Sauce (al Fume)

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My great-aunt always said, “A little cream never hurt anyone—it’s the damn chocolate bars and potato chips that make you fat.” Buy high-quality lean bacon and try to use fresh mushrooms. Once you learn this one, who knows? You just might start singing in the kitchen.


Place a large saucepot on the stove; turn heat to just under medium and fry:

When the bacon is mostly cooked, add:

Reduce heat, cover, and let wine absorb into everything for 10 minutes. Remove lid, turn heat back up, and cook another few minutes until the wine has almost evaporated. Then add:

Simmer uncovered for 45 minutes, and then add:

Continue simmering another 10 minutes, and then shut off burner and add:

Mix and keep warm until your pasta is ready.