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Creamy Fettucine with Wild Shrooms

April 23, 2010
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There is nothing better than fresh homemade pasta, particularly with freshly sauteed mushrooms.  Contrary to the title, this recipe contains NO cream!  And it doesn’t miss it either (nor do my arteries..just kiddin’ :)).  This recipe is a delicious and lighter alternative to your ordinary alfredo or cream-based pasta sauce.  If you’re not a fan of mushrooms (confession: I’m a serious fan), this ingredient can easily be  substituted with a vegetable of your choice or freshly chopped basil added at the end!  It is also great with farfalle or any other wide-shaped pasta.  Super-easy and quick, especially if you’re running out of pasta recipes or need to quickly whip up a nice meal, this recipe is a must-try.  Pairing Tip: Great served with freshly steamed asparagus or grilled vegetables.  Enjoy!

Creamy Fettucine w/ Wild Mushrooms

  • 1/4 lb fettuccine pasta (or any other shape will do fine)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup part-skim ricotta
  • 2-3 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • dash of olive oil
  • 1.5 ounce dried wild mushrooms, soaked and roughly chopped (you could substitute half with fresh–such as Shitake , Baby Bella or Champignon)
  • freshly grated high-quality parmesan (Parmigiano-Reggiano is the best)

Directions:

1) Rehydrate wild mushrooms in 1/2 cup boiling water–let sit for 15 minutes (reserve broth).

2) Sauté shallots in butter and olive over medium heat until soft and slightly brown. Add chopped hydrated mushrooms and cook over low heat, add 2-3 tablespoons of mushroom broth.  Season.

3) In separate bowl, mix together ricotta and 2-3 (the more the merrier!) tablespoons parmesan, add pepper and salt.

Cook pasta according to instructions (little bit more on al dente side so it can cook on stovetop) and reserve 1/2 cooking water.

Drain pasta and mix with mushrooms, ricotta mixture, and pasta water until nice and creamy!

Serves: 2-3

Side Note: This would be great with dry sherry added in the mushroom sauté!  A dash of cream wouldn’t hurt either 😉

I’d love to hear from any readers that decide to try this out!  Let me know what you think, I’m all ears.

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