ZENB Cavatappi with Guanciale and Wild Mushrooms


PREP TIME 20 minutes

COOK TIME 14 minutes

TOTAL TIME 34 minutes

Nutrition Facts


Serving Size: 239g
Servings: 4

Calories: 450

Amount per Serving*% Daily Value
Total Fat24g31%
Saturated Fat9g45%
Trans Fat0g
Dietary Fiber8g29%
Total Sugar2g
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 2%
Vitamin D 1mcg 6%
Calcium 92mg 8%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 549mg 10%
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.


ZENB Cavatappi Pasta

ZENB Cavatappi Pasta is the perfect vehicle for salty guanciale and wild, earthy mushrooms in an easy and delicious meal, ready in about 30 minutes. This recipe is also good source of protein and a good source of fiber.


  • 1 box (8 ounces) ZENB Cavatappi Pasta made from 100% Yellow Peas
  • 4 ounces guanciale, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 8 ounces wild mushrooms, cleaned, stemmed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 cup lightly packed baby argula
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons chopped toasted walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil



Cook ZENB Pasta as directed on package. Reserve 1/4 cup pasta cooking water; drain.


Meanwhile, heat large skillet on medium-heat high. Add guanciale; cook 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until crisp. Transfer pork to clean plate. Add mushrooms to same skillet; cook 7-8 minutes until golden-brown. Stir in garlic; cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.


Add Pasta, reserved pasta water, lemon juice and zest. Toss 1-2 minutes on medium heat until pasta is evenly coated. Stir in arugula; mix gently and remove pan from heat. Garnish with reserved guanciale, Parmesan, walnuts and basil before serving.

Tasty Tips

Guanciale is a highly seasoned Italian cured pork cheek. Guanciale is generally available at an Italian deli or specialty market.

Substitute pancetta for guanciale.

Mushroom varieties like oysters, trumpet, chanterelle or shiitake work well in this dish. Sliced standard white mushrooms or cremini mushrooms are also a good option.

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