CREAMY PASTA WITH CRISPY MUSHROOMS
A delicious dish ready in around 15-20 minutes and fab with a glass of chianti.
4 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
500gr. mixed mushrooms (such as maitake, oyster, and/or shiitake), torn into bite-size pieces
2 medium shallots, finely chopped
400gr spaghetti or bucatini
220ml double cream
2 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
Zest and juice of ½ lemon
60gr. unsalted butter, cut into pieces
30gr Parmesan, finely grated , plus more for serving
Freshly ground black pepper
Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large pan or pot over medium-high heat. Cook half the mushrooms in a single layer, undisturbed, until edges are brown and starting to crisp, about 3 minutes. Give mushrooms a toss and continue to cook, tossing occasionally, until all sides are brown and crisp, about 5 minutes more. Using a slotted spoon, transfer mushrooms to a plate; season with salt. Repeat with remaining 2 Tbsp. oil and mushrooms and more salt.
Reduce heat to medium-low and return all of the mushrooms to the pan. Add shallots and cook, stirring often, until shallots are translucent and softened, about 2 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until very al dente.
Using tongs, transfer pasta to the pan with mushrooms and add cream and 1 cup pasta cooking liquid. Increase heat to medium, bring to a simmer, and cook, tossing constantly, until pasta is al dente or to your liking and liquid is slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.
Remove pan from heat. Add lemon zest and juice, parsley, butter, 30gr. Parmesan, and lots of pepper and toss to combine. Taste and season with more salt if needed.
Divide pasta among bowls and top with more Parmesan.
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