Chocolate Chili Pasta with Sage Chestnut Sauce

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A classic Italian sage and chestnut sauce, with white wine and pancetta, served over a mound of homemade chocolate chili pasta. Not your nonna’s pasta, but she’d love it!

Chocolate Chili Pasta with Classic Sage and Chestnut Sauce

Chocolate Passion

So, you say you love Chocolate. Yummy, thick, sweet, melted, whipped chocolate?

Processed Chocolate

But, maybe what you really love is flavored sugar? Because chocolate is not sweet, or gooey, or melty… It is bitter, powdery, and almost hot.

Cacao Powder

Let’s challenge your chocolate passion to a new level of flavor. Savory, spicy, hot, tangy umami Chocolate!

Homemade Pasta

If you have ever made pasta, you would know you can hardly mess it up. The only trick to homemade pasta is rolling it out thin enough for your personal preference. 

A marble rolling pin on a hard stone surface works quite well. For cheaters like me, I like kitchen gadgets that make my job easier. 

Homemade Pasta

 If you own a mixer that accommodates attachments and are willing to spend under fifty bucks for a gadget that will connect to your mixer, you will wonder how you have lived without. 

The pasta roller gadget can roll that pasta out thin as paper in a matter of minutes! Gadgets. Oh, how I love them.

Chocolate Chili Pasta?

Okay. So now that you’re on board with making your own pasta, lets go all out and make a spectacular pasta; Chocolate Chili Pasta!

It’s really quite easy. The raw cacao powder and chipotle chili powder gets measured in with the flour. The eggs do the rest and before you know it, you’ve got a gourmet Italian dinner. 

I love making this pasta for an ‘at home’ Valentines Dinner because it is so easy. I make the pasta early in the day, let it sit on the counter drying out, whip up a sauce and in minutes you’ve got a ‘better than restaurant’ gourmet meal at home!

Once you’ve tried pasta made with unsweetened cacao and chilies you are sure to love Chili Chocolate Cupcakes and an even more interesting combination of Chili Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes. You see… chocolate has a entirely ‘other’ life besides candy!

Chocolate Chili Pasta

Sage Chestnut Sauce

Sauce? Did you really think I was going to put tomato sauce on this gorgeous pasta? Nope! Let’s go with a classic Italian Chestnut and Sage Cream Sauce with White Wine and Pancetta. 

Sage has become one of my favorite herbs to grow. The scent and flavor is beautiful and I have even found leaves still alive in the dead of winter. Waiting there for my Valentines Dinner!

Sage In My Garden

It doesn’t matter what part of Italy you think this sauce comes from, chestnuts, sage, pancetta are used all over Italy in a variety of recipes. 

If it is the season to buy fresh chestnuts in the market, you will need to roast them, and peel them. I have learned (the hard way), to drop them in boiling water for a minute, then roast them on a baking sheet. They peel easier this way. 

Chestnuts Roasted

Otherwise, chestnuts can be found in gourmet markets, already roasted and peeled in either an airtight pouch or a can, year round. 

Chestnuts Roasted and Shelled

This sauce comes together in minutes, as does the final cooking of the pasta. Your gourmet dinner will look like you’ve slaved away in the kitchen all day, and yet you will have plenty of time to get all dolled up without breaking a sweat!

Gourmet Dining At Home

Ingredients Needed

  • Flour
  • Cacao
  • Salt
  • Chipotle chili powder
  • Ghost chili – if you dare
  • Eggs
  • Chestnuts
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Mascarpone
  • Half and half
  • Fresh sage
  • Pancetta or bacon
  • Acorn Squash – optional
Chestnut and Sage Sauce Ingredients

Equipment Needed

  • Pasta roller – optional but lovely to have
  • Marble rolling pin or regular rolling pin
  • Knife or pizza cutter for cutting pasta
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Large saute pan
  • Cooking spoon
  • Long fork
  • Stovetop or burner

Chocolate Chili Pasta with Sage Chestnut Sauce

Recipe by Robin DaumitCourse: Pasta, World CuisineCuisine: Mediterranean



A classic Italian sage and chestnut sauce, with white wine and pancetta, served over a mound of homemade chocolate chili pasta. 


  • Chocolate Pasta Ingredients

  • Flour – 1 1/2 cups

  • Cacao – 1/4 cup (unprocessed cocoa)

  • Salt – 1/2 tsp

  • Chipotle chili powder – 1/4 tsp

  • Ghost chili – pinch (optional, if you dare)

  • Eggs – 3

  • Chestnut Sage Sauce Ingredients

  • Chestnuts – 1 1/2 cups, roasted, shelled and cut into quarters (*Notes)

  • Butter – 2 tbsp

  • Garlic – 3 cloves, crushed

  • Mascarpone – 8 oz

  • Half and Half or Cream – 3/4 cup

  • Fresh sage – 2 tbsp, chopped

  • Pancetta or bacon – 1 cup, cooked and crumbled

  • Salt and pepper – to taste

  • Acorn Squash – 2, cut in half and roasted (optional)


  • Making the Pasta.
  • Create a mound of flour on your countertop. Add salt, cacao, and chili powder. Make a well in the center of the mound and place the eggs in the well. Slowly begin to swirl the dry ingredients into the wet until it all comes together into a dough.
  • At this point you can either continue to work with the dough on the counter, or toss it into a mixer with a dough hook, or food processor to finish the dough making process. Give it a whirl to bring the mixture into a shiny dough ball. Working with your hands works too, it just might take a bit longer.
  • On a floured surface, roll the dough out as thin as you can, taking care to flip it over, flour, roll, and repeat. If you have a pasta rolling attachment for your mixer, this makes the job faster.
  • You will want the dough between an eighth to a quarter inch thin.
  • Once the dough is rolled out thin, fold it envelope style and cut into strips the width you want. Wide for lasagna, thinner for fettuccine or spaghetti. Toss the cut noodles in flour to keep them dry until ready to boil. Will keep in airtight container in the fridge for several days.
  • When ready to cook, bring a large pot of water to boiling point, add 1/2 tsp of salt to the water. Gently drop the noodles into the water, stirring occasionally. Cook about 7 minutes or until tender, depending on how thick they are.
  • Making the Chestnut Sauce
  • In a pan, large enough to accommodate the sauce and the cooked noodles, melt butter, toss in garlic and chestnuts. Stir until chestnuts take on a golden color.
  • Add mascarpone, cream, wine, sage, and seasoning. Fold gently until the mascarpone melts and the sauce becomes creamy.
  • Gently fold in the cooked pasta, cooked pancetta, plate up, and sprinkle a little sage on the top before serving.
  • served this dish in a cooked acorn squash for a little more color and wow factor, but it is not necessary.


  • Pine nuts can be substituted but they are not as sweet as chestnuts to balance the heat of the chili spice. 
Chocolate Chili Pasta

My Muffin Madness


In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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4 years ago

So yummy it is 🙂


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