This post is for the pork lovers and can be filed under "comfort food" on a cold winter night (which has been the case lately). The sauce for this pasta is primarily the bacon drippings along with a bit of butter and reduced white wine. The raisins provide a nice level of sweetness that balances the salt from the meats, while the arugula, pine nuts and rosemary add color, texture and aromatics to the dish. We used fusilli (rotini) as the pasta since its spirals help to contain the sauce and flavor. Other similar types of pasta (e.g., gemelli, torchiette,cavatappi) would also work well.
The cooler the temperatures get, the more and more we gravitate towards comfort food. This recipe is a variation on the traditional chicken cacciatore (or hunters stew). It omits the bell peppers, but instead include mushrooms. This meal is great accompanied with a good rustic bread, pasta or polenta, but the dish is definitely a big enough meal on its own if you prefer to skip the sides. We used dry white wine in the recipe, but you can substitute chicken stock, red wine or sweet red vermouth.
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