Cremini mushrooms + penne


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Cremini Mushrooms and Penne

This! Probably my quickest dish I’ve put together yet and oh so good. So good in fact, I’m eating it right now as I type this up for ya’ll. A vegetarian delight but meat lovers this would be amazing with just about anything from shrimp, chicken or sausage. I had some left over cremini mushrooms I needed to use up and decided I’d whip up some pasta to go with.

Let’s spend a second on the cremini mushroom, shall we? As a kid, I refused to even look at a mushroom, let alone eat one. These days, I’m all about ’em. The cremini can be found usually right next to your every day white button mushroom at the grocery store. Landing in between the portobello and the white button mushroom, the cremini is a personal favorite that has more flavor and is a bit sturdier when cooking.

Make sure to reserve 2-3 tablespoons of that pasta water before you drain your pasta! It’s important for the creaminess of this dish!

This is a one woman (or man) dish but can easily be doubled, tripled, etc. to fit your need. Here’s what you’ll need for 1 serving:

  • 6-7 cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • ¼ cup of penne pasta, cooked as directed (I used my microwave pasta cooker)
  • 2 tablespoons of pasta water
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • red pepper flake
  • splash of soy sauce (optional, I won’t judge)
  • lemon pepper
  • basil (I use the refrigerated paste you can find in a tube in the produce isle)
  • olive oil
  1. In a skillet, heat up 1 tablespoon of olive oil over low-medium heat.
  2. Add in your sliced cremini mushrooms and any seasonings you like to taste. I sprinkled in some red pepper flakes, lemon pepper, a squeeze of the basil paste and a splash of soy sauce (it doesn’t really make sense, just do it!)
  3. Once your pasta is cooked, pour in a splash or two of the pasta water into the skillet with the mushrooms.
  4. Add your pasta to the skillet and sprinkle with a good amount of parm. Turn up the heat just a little and start stirring around with a wooden spoon. The liquid will start to cook down and the cheese will turn up a nice creamy texture. Should only take a minute or two.
  5. Serve while hot and enjoy!


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  1. ryan

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