Creamy Pasta And Mushrooms

2018-09-01
  • Servings : 6
  • Prep Time : 20m
  • Cook Time : 30m
  • Ready In : 50m

Many fad diet plans eliminate white pasta for overweight and obese Americans. The rational is refined white pasta can cause blood glucose (sugar) spikes. That’s true if you eat a plate of pasta without sauce or any other foods.

This simple Creamy Pasta And Mushroom recipe provides 5 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein per serving.

Although this recipe makes about six 9-ounce (245 g) servings, you can reduce the serving size and combine this recipe with other foods like meat protein, vegetables, and salad.

Americans are used to pasta with a salad, but many restaurants add complimentary, high calorie bread. To save calories, skip the bread and use the pasta as a starch.

Cook’s Tip

Any variety and number of mushrooms can be used for this recipe. Mushrooms can be canned, dried, or fresh. When using dried mushrooms, substitute about 3 ounces (85 g) dry weight. Hydrate the mushrooms per the manufacturers recommendation.

Substitution

If you do not have or like Marsala wine, you can substitute a dry white wine. For added flavor, substitute about 3 tablespoons (45 ml) white wine combined with 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of brandy.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons (40 g) butter
  • 2 tablespoons (15 ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • Small red onion (200 g) thinly sliced
  • 6 oz (170 g) button mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 oz (170 g) oyster mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 oz (170 g) shiitake or chanterelle mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) flour
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) Marsala or white wine
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) heavy cream
  • 12 oz. (340 g) penne or other short pasta
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) grated Parmesan or Romano Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) Fresh basil or parsley, chopped
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)

Method of Preparation

Step 1

In a large pot, bring about 1 gallon (4l) of water to a rolling boil and cook pasta until al dente per manufacturers directions.

Step 2

Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-low heat melt the butter with the olive oil. Add the onion until caramelized. season with red pepper flakes if desired

Step 3

Add mushrooms and cook about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Dust with flour and cook until all moisture from the mushrooms evaporates; about 5 minutes. Add Marsala and cook, stirring, until it evaporates.

Step 4

Remove skillet from heat and stir in the cream. Return to low heat, stir in the Parmesan cheese, and cook stirring until sauce becomes creamy; 1 to 2 minutes. Season to taste. Add drained pasta, and cook, stirring 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle with basil and serve.

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

    400
  • Calories From Fat

    150
  • Total Fat

    17g
  • Saturated Fat

    8g
  • Trans Fat

    0g
  • Cholesterol

    35mg
  • Sodium

    365mg
  • Carbohydrates

    54g
  • Dietary Fiber

    4g
  • Sugar

    4g
  • Protein

    10g
  • Serving Size:

    About 8.5 oz. (245 g)