Creamy Mushroom Pasta

The cooler weather calls for a creamy, aromatic pasta dish like this one. The complex flavors of maitake, oyster, crimini, and shiitake mushrooms complement our Dragon’s Tooth red blend beautifully.

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp Trefethen extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb mixed mushrooms (maitake, oyster, crimini, and/or shiitake), cut into bite-size pieces
  • kosher salt
  • 2 medium shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 lb spaghetti or bucatini
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped parsley
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • ½ cup Parmesan, finely grated, plus more for serving
  • black pepper, freshly ground

Procedure

  • 1Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook half of mushrooms in a single, undisturbed layer until edges brown and start to crisp, about 3 minutes. Continue cooking mushrooms, tossing occasionally, until all sides are brown and crisp, about 5 minutes more. Using a slotted spoon, transfer mushrooms to a plate and season with salt. Repeat with remaining oil, mushrooms, and more salt.
  • 2Reduce heat to medium-low and return all mushrooms to the pot. Add shallots and cook, stirring often, until shallots are translucent and softened, about 2 minutes.
  • 3Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until very al dente, about 2 minutes less than package directions.
  • 4Using tongs, transfer pasta to pot with mushrooms. Add cream and 1 cup pasta cooking liquid, increasing heat to medium until mixture is simmering. Continue to cook, tossing constantly, until pasta is al dente and liquid is slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.
  • 5Remove pot from heat. Add parsley, butter, Parmesan, and a generous amount of pepper, tossing to combine. Taste and season with more salt if needed.
  • 6Divide pasta among bowls and top with more parmesan, if desired. Enjoy with Trefethen Dragon’s Tooth.

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