The holidays are quickly approaching and we’re starting to gravitate toward warm comfort foods that really hit the spot. Our mushroom cream pasta recipe is sure to bring out a smile on everyone’s face. Make it a wine country meal and pair it with your favorite bottle from any wineries in Napa or Sonoma wineries.
This ultra-rich mushroom pasta dish can be made with either fresh pasta or any dried noodle of your choice. The use of dried mushroom lends to a deeply condensed mushroom flavor. The mushroom cream should meld for 24 hours so plan ahead to enjoy this wonderfully delicious comfort dish.
TOTAL TIME: 1 day + 25 min (SAUSE PREP: 24 hrs + COOK: 25 min)
MUSHROOM SAUCE – MIX AND REFIGERATE FOR 24 HOURS
- 1 oz dried mushrooms (chanterelle, shitake, porcini or any favorite)
- 1 qt (32 fl oz) heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon white pepper (black works too)
- Pappardelle pasta (or any favorite) enough for 4-6 people
- ½ cup finely chopped shallots
- ½ cup coarsely chopped basil
- Parmesan cheese, grated
- Salt + pepper to taste
WHAT TO DO
- Take the dried mushrooms and either tear or cut into similarly sized pieces (less than 1” in size). For some of the tougher parts of the mushroom like the stems, you may want to use kitchen scissors to cut into smaller pieces. Combine mushroom pieces, heavy whipping cream, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Cover tightly and refrigerate for approx. 24 hours. Stir periodically.
- To finish mushroom sauce, bring a large, heavy bottom pot to medium heat. Add a small amount of olive oil and sauté shallots until softened; 1-2 minutes. Add mushroom cream mixture and simmer on low temperature for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare your pasta.
- Make your pasta according to package instructions; cooking al dente. Hand-made pappardelle is preferred but any pasta will work. Drain pasta.
- Add drained pasta to the mushroom sauce pot and remove from heat. Add chopped basil; stir gently to combine. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper.
- To serve, plate and top with parmesan cheese.
If you’re looking to impress this holiday season, we’re certain the recipe will do the trick. After a long and exciting year, wine country has calmed down as folks prepare to celebrate the holidays with loved ones, exchanging joy and laughter. We’ve enjoyed our time with each guest as we’ve explored wineries in Napa and Sonoma wineries. And we can’t wait to do it all again next year.
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