This Quick and Easy Creamy Mushroom Pasta is such a doddle to put together but tastes outstanding and is a family meal that can be thrown together and on the table within 20 minutes.
A few years ago I went on a fungi walk with an expert, and it soon transpired that there were several of us that were only there to find out which ones we could eat. The expert sighed as he clearly heard this a lot, and tried to explain that when it comes to foraging mushrooms there are no shortcuts.
Although there are a handful of ‘shrooms I have learnt through books and from clever people like the chap above, I’m not sure I could ever bring myself to eat them, and I would certainly never feed them to anyone else until I’d studied them beyond all possible doubt.
However, there is one wild mushroom that grows on the farm and I’ve eaten since I was a kid. Horse mushrooms can get to such a size that when they start popping up there’s a crazy rush to get them picked, cleaned and either cooked or dried so as not to waste a single mouthful. They are mild tasting but great carriers of flavour. Perfect simply grilled with a garlic and chilli dressing dribbling through the gills and sandwiched between a fresh brioche roll, this divine, if somewhat messy lunch is always a favourite this time of year.
Expedia got in touch right in the midst of our autumnal fungi frenzy asking me to join in with their World on a Plate Challenge. With mushrooms on the brain, they asked me to dream up a recipe that highlights Italian cuisine, and that my friends is how this dish came to be. A simple and speedy pasta dish that the whole family will love.
- A dash of olive oil
- 1 medium onion finely sliced
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 large horse field or portabello mushrooms, or 12-16 button mushrooms
- 1 tub cream cheese
- Enough freshly cooked pasta for four people.
Gently fry the onions in the oil for 4 or 5 minutes.
Add the mushrooms and garlic and fry until the mushrooms are cooked through.
Empty in the packet of cream cheese and gently stir until it melts and coats all the other ingredients with a rich, creamy sauce.
Serve atop freshly cooked pasta, sprinkle with a little salt & freshly ground black pepper and a little fresh basil if you have any.
Huge thanks to Expedia for sponsoring this recipe, as always all thoughts (and leftovers) are my own.