Mixed Mushroom Pasta with Thyme

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Did I ever mention to you how much I love mushrooms? Well I do… The good thing is that Casey is warming up to them. Which means I’ve slowly been adding them to my repertoire!

We had my parents over for dinner the other night so they could get their weekly fix of Cooper. I decided to knock down another recipe I marked to try from the latest EVERYDAY FOOD issue.

It was exceptional! It was incredibly moist & super mushroomy! The only problem I ran into is that the spoon I used to stir it with was COMPLETELY covered in melty Parmesan cheese. It’s not necessarily a problem because I was able to chew it all off (yum). But I would have liked more of the cheese to stick to the pasta. I also think that next time I’ll try using a twisty pasta like the recipe calls for.

Another good thing is that it re-heated REALLY well. It was still moist and not all gummy and dry like some pastas can be the next day.

mushroom pasta with thyme

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Mixed Mushroom Pasta with Thyme
(recipe from EVERYDAY FOOD magazine)

-12oz. gemelli or other short twisty pasta (I used penne)
-10oz. button mushrooms sliced
-8 oz. shiitake mushrooms sliced
-1 oz. dried porcini mushrooms (about 1 cup) rinsed in cold water
-4 tablespoons butter
-1 shallot, minced
-1/2 cup dry white wine, such as a Sauvignon Blanc
-1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
-1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente; drain and return to the pot. Set aside. While pasta is cooking, in a small bowl, soak porcini mushrooms in 1 1/2 cup hot water until tender, at least 15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add shallot; season with salt & pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until shallot begins to soften, 3-4 minutes. Add wine; cook until almost evaporated, 3-5 mins.

3. Add button & shiitake mushrooms. Cook over medium-high heat, until mushrooms are tender and begin to brown, 6-8 minutes.

5. Add porcini and their soaking liquid (leave any grit at the bottom of the bowl) and thyme to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally until liquid reduces by half, 2-4 minutes. Transfer mushroom mixture to pot with pasta. Add Parmesan & remaining butter and stir to combine. Season with salt & pepper and serve with more Parmesan. DIG IN!!!

By the way… my little buckaroo turned 4 weeks old this past Thursday! How time flies! We are so close to getting a genuine smile out of him!

Say hi to Coop!


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9 Comments

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  • angie
    November 1, 2008

    first, “hi coop!” what a cutie. and I’m so making this pasta dish for sunday night dinner.

  • LC
    November 1, 2008

    Your kid is GORGEOUS!

  • reya
    November 2, 2008

    hi little coop! you’re getting cuter by the day.

    that pasta look superb!

  • November 2, 2008

    Cooper couldn’t be cuter — and this recipe sounds like it was created with me in mind. I absolutely love mushrooms and pasta. Thanks for sharing!

  • November 2, 2008

    that meal looks amazing. and the baby’s pretty cute too ;)

  • Noelle
    November 3, 2008

    Coop is SO handsome!

  • daisy mae
    November 3, 2008

    Cooper is precious! My little guy will be 6 months next week. Aren’t they fun? (along with a lot of hard work). That recipe is a lot like something I whip up for dinner every chance I get. Sometimes I skip the pasta and just saute some garlic, put in the mushrooms until they start to relases some liquid, then add salt and some butter. Yum!

  • November 7, 2008

    coop says hi back ladies!!

    he blushes with your compliments!

  • Ian
    November 13, 2012

    I know I’m a bit late to this conversation, but hopefully you’ll appreciate my experience:

    My girlfriend has decided to be a temporary vegetarian to “see if it makes her feel healthier.” Riiiiight… So, my sister refers me to your site to find a tasty, yet veg. friendly recipe. I stumbled upon this dish and gave it a shot – I don’t cook, by the way.

    The dish was easy, tasted wonderful and my temporarily-veg. girlfriend was flattered.

    Part of my success is attributed to you! You have a lovely website.

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