mushroom pappardelle

Mushroom Pappardelle with Gorgonzola Cream and Walnuts

Even those weary of blue cheese, will savour this creamy Gorgonzola pasta loaded with golden locally grown mushrooms, crisp sage, and toasted walnuts. Not for the faint of heart, this decadent dish is easy enough for a quick weekday dinner yet impressive enough for entertaining. Serve with a salad of bitter greens and lemon to cut the richness of the sauce.

Recipe courtesy of Kathy Jollimore from Wild Card Creative

Prep Time: 10 min | Cook Time: 20 min | Serves: 4

Ingredients

½ lb./250 g. pappardelle
2 tbsp butter
24 sage leaves
1 lb./450 g mixed mushrooms (cinnamon cap, shitake, king oyster
2 tbsp white wine (optional)
1 cup heavy cream
4 oz./113 g. Gorgonzola Dolce, plus more to taste
¼ cup chopped walnuts, toasted

Method

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  2. Heat butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Fry half the sage leaves until crisp, about 1-2 minutes. Remove to a paper-towel lined plate.Repeat with remaining sage.
  3. Add the mushrooms to the skillet. Cook until golden brown. Remove and keep warm.
  4. Add the wine, scraping the bottom of the pan to release any browned bits.
  5. Cook until reduced by half. Add the cream and bring to a simmer. Cook until thickened.
  6. Whisk in the cheese, adding more to taste if desired.
  7. Add the pasta and mushrooms, tossing to coat the noodles. Season to taste with salt and pepper and garnish with sage leaves.
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One Pot Bacon Mushroom Swiss Burger Pasta

This Bacon Mushroom Swiss Burger Pasta is a perfect weekday meal the entire family will love!

It’s for Mushroom Canada’s “Blend and Extend” campaign. Which is brilliant. You take a ground protein and blend it with mushrooms to make the meal go further. More nutrition and costs less, which had me on board from the get go.

Recipe courtesy of Samantha from mykitchenlove 

Prep Time: 10 min | Cook Time: 20 min | Serves: 6-8 dinner servings

Ingredients

4 cups white button mushrooms, ends trimmed
1 yellow (cooking) onion, halved and peel removed
3 garlic cloves, peeled
2 slices bacon
225 grams / 1/2 lbs extra lean ground beef
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 lbs / 454 gr dried penne pasta
130 gr swiss cheese, cut into thin slices or grated
5 cups low sodium beef or vegetable broth
5 oz / 144 gr baby spinach leaves

Method

  1. Blend spinach in a food processor until shredded. Remove and set aside.
  2. Add onion, bacon, garlic, salt, pepper and mushrooms to the food processor pulse until all ingredients are ground. Add beef and pulse until combined.
  3. Preheat a large pot or pan to medium-high heat and add beef mixture from the food processor. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally until meat has browned.
  4. Add thyme, pasta and broth to pan. Bring to a boil and cook for 11 minutes at a strong simmer (over medium heat) or until pasta is cooked al dente. Add spinach, stirring to fully combine and remove from heat.
  5. Preheat oven boiler to high. Top pasta with swiss cheese and place under broiler for 2-4 minutes or until cheese is melted and starting to brown.
  6. Allow pasta to cool for about 5 minutes before serving.

Lemony Mushrooms and Spinach Pasta

It is delicious with just these ingredients but I like adding the cream to give the whole dish some richness & a little decadence.

Recipe and photo by Christina from Strawberries For Supper.

Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 20 mins | Serves: 4

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil
4 slices pancetta, chopped
250g crimini or button mushrooms, sliced
1 tbsp butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
225g linguine (about ½ a package)
juice and zest of 1 lemon
1/3 cup whipping cream (35% cream)
¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan (plus more for serving)
75g (or 2 loosely packed cups) baby spinach
½ cup pasta cooking water – reserved to loosen sauce if needed
Salt and pepper to taste

Method

1. Set a large pot of salted water to boil in readiness for the pasta.
2. In a large frying pan, add olive oil and pancetta and fry pancetta until it is crispy. Meanwhile, slice the mushrooms.
3. When the pancetta is crispy add the butter and sliced mushrooms with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Saute over a medium high heat until the mushrooms are brown. Add the garlic and saute for a few minutes. If you add it earlier, it could burn. After you start sautéing the mushrooms, start cooking the pasta. Boil the pasta according to package directions until al dente (about 7 minutes).
4. When the mushrooms are done add the lemon juice and zest. Stir the lemon juice around to deglaze the pan.
5. Add the cream and Parmesan cheese. If the pasta is close to being done, add the spinach. If you need a bit more time then turn the heat off the frying pan and when the pasta is just about done, turn the heat back on the frying pan and add the spinach then. Stir the spinach around to wilt it over a medium heat.
6. Before draining the pasta, take out about ½ cup of the pasta cooking water.
7. Drain the pasta when it is al dente and add the pasta to the frying pan. Stir it around with the mushrooms, spinach, and lemony cream sauce. Add a few splashes of pasta cooking water until you achieve a light sauce consistency. Add more salt and pepper to your taste if needed.
8. Serve immediately with extra Parmesan cheese.

Spaghetti Bolognese

Simple ingredients simmer together to create a robust and satisfying sauce that is even better the next day. 

Prep Time: 15 mins. | Cook Time: 1 hr. | Serves: 6

Ingredients

12 oz (375 g) fresh crimini Mushrooms
1 onion
4 cloves garlic
1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
12 oz (375 g) lean ground beef
2 tbsp (30 mL) Worcestershire sauce
1 pkt (5 g) Mushrooms Seasoning Blend
1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) salt
1/2 cup (125 mL) red wine
1 can (156 mL) tomato paste
1 bottle (720 mL) strained tomato purée
1 lb (500 g) spaghetti, cooked and drained
1/2 cup (125 mL) torn fresh basil leaves
Parmesan cheese

 

Method

1. Place the mushrooms, onion and garlic in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse until finely chopped. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or large saucepan set over medium heat. Crumble in the ground beef. Cook for 5 minutes or until browned. Add the mushroom mixture, Worcestershire sauce, seasoning blend and salt. Cook for 5 minutes or until tender.
2. Stir in the wine; simmer for 1 minute. Add the tomato paste. Cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes or until dark red. Stir in the tomato puree. Simmer for 45 minutes or until thickened. Toss the spaghetti with the sauce and basil. Serve with Parmesan cheese.Tip: Freeze any leftover sauce in a tight container for up to 1 month.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories 453
Sodium 571mg
Protein 25g
Fat 8g
Carbohydrates 66g
Dietary Fibre 8

Chicken Marsala Pasta Bake

This casserole may not be low-cal, low-carb, paleo or Whole 30 compliant, but it is hearty and flavourful and will warm you right down to your toes.

Recipe and photo by Isabelle of Crumb: A Food Blog

Prep Time: 20 mins. | Cook Time: 30 mins. | Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

1 lb uncooked pasta (preferably a chunky shape like ziti or penne)
1 tbsp olive oil
3 strips bacon, finely chopped
¾ lb fresh button mushrooms, cut into thick slices
½ cup thinly sliced yellow onion
½ tsp salt
½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
½ cup dry marsala wine (or dry sherry, if you prefer)
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp flour
2 tbsp heavy cream
2 cups diced cooked chicken
3 tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tub (200g) mini bocconcini cheese, drained
½ cup grated parmesan cheese, divided

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
2. Bring a pot of well-salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until not quite al dente, about 2 minutes short of the recommended cooking time. Drain and set aside.
3. While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add the bacon, and cook for 5-7 minutes or until crispy. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a small bowl, and set aside.
4. Add the mushrooms to the pan, and saute for about 5 minutes, or until they start to brown and let off some liquid. Add the onions, salt and pepper and continue cooking for another 7-10 minutes, or until the onions are very soft and all of the liquid from the mushrooms has cooked off. Stir in the Marsala and cook until almost completely evaporated, scraping the edges and bottom of the pan to release any browned bits that are stuck to the bottom.
5. Stir the stock into the pan and bring to a simmer. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and water until smooth, and stir into the sauce as soon as it starts to bubble. Let simmer, stirring frequently, for about 2 minutes or until thick and glossy. Remove pan from heat, and stir in the heavy cream.
6. Stir in the reserved bacon, along with the chicken, parsley, and ¼ cup of parmesan, then add the cooked, drained pasta and the bocconcini cheese. Stir well, making sure that everything gets evenly mixed and the pasta is completely coated with sauce. (Note: if your pot isn’t big enough, you can also use a large mixing bowl for this step).
7. Spoon the mixture into a 2qt oven-safe casserole dish, and sprinkle the top with the remaining ¼ cup parmesan. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the cheese is golden brown and the sauce is bubbling around the edges. Serve immediately with more chopped parsley for garnish.

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