Take-out Tuesday, “I love you” Linguini

Show your love with this variation of tetrazzini

Traditional tetrazzini is made with chicken or turkey,

mushrooms and thin noodles like spaghetti

baked in a cream sauce

This version has ham and pancetta instead of poultry~

After one taste you are bound to fall in love!


I took a short cut and used a jar of Alfredo

instead of making a white sauce,

but if you want to make your own you can use this recipe here

I added a little bleu cheese too,

you don’t really taste it but it adds a umami like flavor,

Umami is considered to be the fifth taste

after sweet, salty, bitter, and sour

It can unofficially be described as “a savory, pleasant taste”

You can substitute a flavorful white cheese,

Gruyère or Manchgo, for the bleu if desired

or just use all Parmesan

In addition to the ingredients pictured above,

I used some ham sandwich slices

Cook noodles al dente,

I like to cook them in boiling salted water for 2 minutes,

then cover pot and remove from heat and let them sit undisturbed

while I’m fixing the other ingredients

When I’m ready for them they are perfectly cooked

and ready to be drained

First brown and crisp the pancetta in a skillet over medium heat,

stirring frequently to get it evenly cooked

Add the ham once the pancetta is almost done,

and stir it into the pancetta so it picks up the flavor and a little color

Remove meat with a slotted spoon,

reserving the rendered fat in the pan,

and drain it on paper towels

Add mushrooms to the skillet,

increase heat to medium high

and saute mushrooms until golden on both sides

Return meat to skillet

Add Parmesan and crumbled blue cheese

Stir the cheeses into the meat and mushrooms, then stir in the noodles

Spray or grease a deep casserole dish, like an 8″ x 8″ square

Add Alfredo sauce and mix in sherry

Transfer the pasta mixture from the skillet to the dish and stir well

to combine the ingredients with the sauce

Top with Parmesan

At this point dish can be covered and refrigerated

for up to 24 hours before baking

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes

until golden and bubbling

Serve it up!

“I Love You” Linguini

A casserole full of love with noodles, mushrooms, ham, and pancetta baked in an Alfredo sauce flavored with sherry and cheese. Make ahead and bake later for an easy dinner
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 6 oz. Linguini or thin spaghetti
  • 2 cups Alfredo sauce
  • 1/4 cup sherry
  • 8 oz. Sliced baby Bella mushrooms
  • 4 oz. Chopped pancetta
  • 6 slices sandwich ham
  • 2 oz. Bleu cheese crumbles* optional see note below
  • 3 oz. Shredded Parmean cheese


  • Cook pasta until slightly under done, it will continue to cook when casserole is baked
  • Cut ham into bite size pieces
  • Saute pancetta over medium heat, stirring, to render the fat, brown, and crisp. Add ham near the end of cooking time and continue to cook and stir so the ham gets little brown and flavored from the pancetta
  • Transfer ham and pancetta to paper towels to drain, saving the fat in the pan
  • Add mushrooms to pan and quickly saute them, stirring in the rendered fat until golden on both sides. Add pancetta and ham back to pan and remove from heat.
  • Add bleu cheese and 2 oz of the Parmean. Stir
  • Drain pasta and add to skillet with mushrooms and meat, and stir to combine
  • Spray or grease a deep casserole dish like an 8” x 8” square. Pour Alfredo sauce into dish and add sherry and stir.
  • Transfer the contents of the skillet to the casserole dish and stir well to combine sauce with ingredients
  • Top with remaining Parmesan, cover and refrigerate until baking for up to 24 hours
  • Bake at 350 degrees, uncovered, until heated through and bubbling, 30-45 minutes
  • Serves 3-4


*substitute Gruyère or Manchego or just use more Parmesan
Keyword baked pasta casserole, BBQ chicken, pasta, do ahead, easy meal, one dish, linguine, pasta wiith mushrooms, tetrazzini, Valentine dinner


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29 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, “I love you” Linguini”
  1. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Good morning, Jenna! This pasta dish looks yummy and perfect for a Valentines Day dinner at home. Thanks so much for sharing! I always look forward to your scrumptious recipes. Happy Tuesday!

  2. Such a rich and delicious pasta dish! Love the creamy alfredo sauce and pancetta!

  3. A hearty winter meal Jenna! Bring on the cold, you are ready!

  4. This looks delicious, Jenna. I think Rick would love it — he could live on pasta!

  5. Cyndi Raines says:

    Sounds delish! (Omitting the bleu cheese for me, hehe, and adding more parmesan.) Good food that sticks to your bones on these cold winter days! Thank you Jenna.

  6. Loving this pasta dish – yummy!

  7. lghiggins says:

    I had a version of this when I was a kid and thought it rather bland, BUT it was made with chicken. Yours would be delicious!

  8. Nancy says:

    Such a delightful dish full of yummy flavors… perfect for an evening in …on Valentine’s Day or any day!
    Thank you dear Jenna for another winner!

  9. Man, this looks good. I love that you are the blue cheese ambassador. I’m right behind you!

  10. Mary says:

    A tasty twist on tetrazzini Jenna! We’ve been on a mushroom kick lately. 🙂

  11. lulu says:

    My favorite food is pasta no matter what is added.

  12. Darling tagline Jenna. Your linguini sounds wonderful. Easy to put together too.

  13. Kitty says:

    Oooh heavenly, Jenna! I must try it with the ham and pancetta! ❤️

  14. Kim says:

    These both look delicious Jenna, but I think I would prefer this one over the traditional – and sub some Gruyere for the blue cheese. Yum! Pinned, of course. Hope you are having a lovely week.

  15. Miz Helen says:

    Your post is awesome and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday, 627. Happy Valentine Day and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen

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