ONE-POT CREAMY MUSHER PASTA

Are you all one-pot pasta fans? This one’s for you! This creamy, rich, and umami-filled One Pot Creamy Mushroom Pasta can be made in just one pot. This is the perfect comfort food after a hard day at work. A side dish of garlic bread is also a good idea. 😉

HOW MANY MUSHROOMS CAN YOU USE?

Baby Bella mushrooms are a great choice for this pasta. They are affordable and have a rich colour that adds to the dish. White button mushrooms can be used if you prefer, but they have a milder flavour. You can also use whole-sized portobello mushrooms but cut them into smaller pieces before sauteing.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE THE HEAVY CREAMER?

This recipe uses heavy cream, making a rich and delicious sauce for the pasta. It’s thick enough to let the Parmesan and cheese melt in the sauce. Because milk has higher water content, it will result in a thinner sauce. You may find it difficult to get the Parmesan to melt instead of clumping. This can be overcome by using a mixture of cream cheese and milk. Cream cheese thickens the sauce and emulsifies Parmesan (see Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta).

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU ADD?

This creamy mushroom pasta is a simple delight, but you can make it more complicated. For some colour, add a few pieces of fresh spinach to the pasta at the end. You can also add some grilled chicken to the pasta for an extra kick.

HOW MUCH POT CAN I USE?

For this recipe, I used a 3-quart deep skillet. However, you can use any Dutch oven or pot with a large bottom and lid. To ensure even heating, make sure you use a stovetop burner that is the same size as your skillet or pot.

TIPS FOR COOKING ONE-POT PLATES OF PASTA

It can be not easy to make one-pot pasta perfectly. Here are some tips to help you get started.

  • To prevent the pasta from sticking to the bottom, stir every few minutes. To prevent excess evaporation, cover the pot with a lid.
  • Make sure that the pasta is always simmering. The pasta won’t cook if the liquid isn’t simmering. Your stovetop and cookware will determine the temperature needed to keep the pasta simmering.
  • Use heavy cookware. Pots with a thin bottom won’t heat evenly. One-pot portions of pasta will not work well if they aren’t cooked evenly.
  • When not stirring, keep the lid on. This keeps the steam in place and allows the pasta to cook evenly.
  • Take a look at the pasta. One-pot portions of pasta can be compared to riding a bicycle. It is important to adjust and watch as you cook. Add a little water if the pasta has almost absorbed the liquid before it becomes tender. Allow the paste to simmer for a few minutes, even if it is almost done.

ONE-POT CREAMY MUSHER PASTA

This creamy mushroom pasta cooks in just one pot and is richly umami-packed. This is the perfect meal for busy nights.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cloves of garlic ($0.32)
  • 8 oz. baby Bella mushrooms ($1.49)
  • 2 Tbsp butter (0.20)
  • 1/8 tsp salt ($0.01)
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper ($0.02)
  • 8 oz. fettuccine ($0.67)
  • 2.5 cups vegetable broth ($0.33)
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream ($0.26)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan ($0.44)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Slice the mushrooms and chop the garlic.
  • Place the butter, garlic and olive oil in a large skillet. Cook for 1 minute. Continue to saute the butter, garlic, and sliced mushrooms until they are softened, and all of the moisture has evaporated from your skillet. At this point, the edges will begin to turn brown.
  • Stir the vegetable broth into the fettuccine and add it to the skillet. It is okay if the pasta isn’t completely submerged in the broth.
  • Cover the skillet with a lid and heat on medium-high. Once the broth reaches a boil, reduce the heat to low. Once the broth reaches boiling, stir the pasta briefly, cover the skillet and reduce the heat to medium-low.
  • Let the pasta simmer in the broth for another 10 minutes, stirring now and again until it is tender. It would be best if you still had some liquid in the skillet.
  • Stir the heavy cream into the skillet. Turn off the heat and add the Parmesan. Stir the pasta for a few minutes until it is melted. Give the pasta a taste, and adjust salt or seasonings if necessary. Serve immediately

 

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