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Veal Scallopini with Olives and Mushroom Pasta


3/4 pound linguini
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil,
3 slices pancetta or bacon, chopped finely
1 small onion, chopped finely
16 crimini mushrooms or button mushrooms, chopped
1 pound veal scaloppini, cut into 1-inch strips
Sea Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup Pinot Grigio white wine
16 pitted, large green olives, coarsely chopped
A handful chopped flat-leaf Italian parsley
1 tablespoon butter, cut into pieces
1/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or Romano


Place pasta water on to boil and cook linguini 8 minutes, to al dente in salted water. Drain and reserve. Keep warm.

Preheat a large, heavy skillet over medium to medium high heat. Add  1 tablespoon olive oil and the pancetta or bacon. Cook pancetta or bacon 1 to 2 minutes alone, then add onions and cook another 2 or 3 minutes. Add mushrooms to the pan and cook together with the onions 3 to 5 minutes.

Season veal strips with salt and pepper. In a second skillet preheated over
medium high heat, add 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 clove  chopped garlic. Quick-fry half of the veal searing each side of the strips 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer cooked veal strips and garlic to a plate and repeat. Add all of the cooked strips and garlic to the onions and mushrooms then add wine to the pan and lift up all of the drippings. Cook wine down to evaporate the alcohol about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir olives and parsley into veal and mushrooms. Serve portions of veal, mushrooms and green olives on a bed of hot linguini tossed with a drizzle of olive oil, butter and grated cheese.

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