Southern hospitality takes traditional Tuscan pasta and gives it brilliant flavor and nuance. The ribbons of Pappardelle are ringed and tossed about a bevy of braised collards, bacon, and dried chilies. The result is a pasta dish that tastes like the better part of two faraway worlds. —Brigid Ransome Washington
1 hour 30 minutes
strips thick-cut, high-quality bacon, chopped
shallots (two large bulbs and two smaller), thinly sliced
cloves of garlic, minced
white wine vinegar
Kosher salt, plus more to taste
chicken stock, vegetable stock, or water
collard greens, stems chopped and leaves cut into ribbons
Ready a paper towel-lined plate. In a large skillet or Dutch oven, over medium heat, add the chopped bacon and allow to cook, stirring occasionally, until it has browned and the bacon fat has rendered, about 7-9 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon, and place on the prepared plate. Set aside.
To the skillet with bacon fat add the shallots and the garlic and cook until the aromatics are fragrant and the shallots are translucent and tender, about three to five minutes. Using a wooden spoon to scrape the bacon fond from the pan. Add the vinegar, hot sauce, sugar, and salt, stir to combine. Reduce heat to low. Add the water or stock. Next, add the collard greens, stir to combine and simmer for at least 45 minutes (two hours is ideal).
After the lengthy simmer, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pappardelle and cook for eight to ten minutes until al dente. Drain.
Add the pappardelle to the skillet containing the collards. Gently stir in the chili flakes, reserved bacon, and Parmigiano Reggiano. Serve immediately in a wide and deep bowl.