Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Pasta with Mushrooms in a Cream Sauce

Sometimes you just want a dish that doesn't include meat.  It's healthy for you.

This dish doesn't lack for anything.  It has great flavor, provides comfort, it has vegetables, and even some alcohol!

I'm in love with this dish.  No really...I'm in love.
I don't take things like this lightly....the creaminess, the mushrooms, the pasta, the creaminess....did I say that already?

Try it, you'll love it to.  Period.

Here we go.

You will need:  Mushrooms, lemon, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper, parsley, white wine, heavy cream, grated Parmesan cheese,  and fettuccine.

Clean and slice the mushrooms.  Place in a bowl. Squeeze the juice of the lemon half over the mushrooms and toss.

Add garlic and olive oil to a skillet.  Cook over medium-high heat until garlic sizzles, about 30 seconds.  Add mushrooms, stir and cover.  Cook for about 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.  You want to draw out all the moisture.

At this point, cook your pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water.  Cook 1 -2 minutes less than directed on the package.  The pasta will continue to cook when added to the mushrooms and the sauce.

Remove the lid from the mushrooms, add salt and pepper, and continue to cook another 5 -7 minutes until they are nice and brown and all the moisture had evaporated.

Add parsley.

Add wine to deglaze the pan, stirring up all the bits on the bottom.

Add the cream to the pan.  Let this simmer and sauce will thicken.  Add Parmesan to the sauce and stir. 

Add cooked pasta straight from the pot and in to the mushroom sauce.  No need to drain.  The pasta water will help loosen the sauce a little. 

Add enough pasta to get a good pasta to sauce ratio.  Stir to completely cover the pasta with the sauce. 

Isn't this heaven??

Pasta with Mushrooms in a Cream Sauce
Serves: 4
1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/2 lemon
1 1/2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T extra-virgin olive oil
½  tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 T chopped parsley
¼ cup white wine
¼ cup heavy cream
3 T Parmesan, grated
1 lb fettuccine


Clean and slice mushrooms.  Place in a bowl.  Squeeze the juice of the lemon half over the mushrooms and toss.

Add minced garlic along with olive oil to a large skillet.  Heat over medium-high heat until the garlic begins to sizzle but not brown, about 30 seconds.  Add the mushrooms, stir, and cover.  Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-6 minutes.  You want to extract all the water and moisture from the mushrooms.  

Meanwhile bring salted water to a boil in a large pot and cook fettuccine.  Cook about 1 min less than recommended as the pasta will cook more when added to the mushrooms and sauce. 

Remove the lid from the mushrooms, add the salt and pepper.  Cook uncovered about 5-7 minutes more, stirring until they are nicely brown and all the moisture has evaporated.  Stir in the parsley.

Add white wine to deglaze.  Add cream to create a sauce and let simmer.  Add grated Parmesan to the sauce and stir.  

Add cooked pasta, straight from the pot to the mushrooms and sauce in the pan.  No need to drain the pasta, a little water will help loosen the sauce.  Add enough pasta, so there is a good sauce to noodle ratio.  Serve!


  1. I'm not even a mushroom lover and I think I would love this...LOL. Very nice combination of flavors :)

  2. I'm with Brandie.. I'm not the biggest mushroom lover, but this really does sound great! I'm also eyeing those Banana crepes below this recipe! Wow! : )

  3. I was just looking for a good white wine-cram sauce recipe,so thanx

  4. Looks delish... thanks for the nice comments you left about the White Macadamia Bars!

  5. I must try this! I'm a new found lover of mushrooms. My taste buds must be changing, that's all I can say.

  6. Beth, I would love this dish. I dont get to add mushrooms to often due to picky eaters. However I believe this will be a "Mom's" only meal. :)

    Thank you for sharing it, and linking up to Made it on Monday.



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