How to make mushroom pasta

Orecchiette may just be my favourite name for a pasta.  It has a great ring to it doesn’t it? And best of all it means “little ears” in Italian which is such a perfect description for the tiny little curved ovals of pasta.  If you can get your hands on some orecchiette then this recipe for mushroom pasta works really well with it.  This recipe is based on one by the pony tailed one, Neil Perry.  Often Perry’s recipes are very complex and a bit intimidating but this easy to whip up and perfect for a quick week night meal.

400g dried orecchiette
100g parmesan, finely grated
olive oil
20g butter
2 eschalots, finely sliced
5 garlic cloves, finely sliced
250g button mushrooms, thinly sliced
100ml dry white wine
10g dried porcini mushrooms, soaked in 50ml of boiling water and rinsed
1 tbsp thyme leaves
450ml vegetable stock
300ml cream
salt and pepper to season

Cooking the mushrooms

If there is anything easier and more rewarding on a weeknight than gently cooking eschalots, mushrooms, garlic white wine and a dollop of cream for fifteen minutes, I’ve been misled. If there is, don’t tell me as I’m happy with just a big bowlful of this.

1. Bring a big saucepan of salted water to the boil. Cook the orecchiette until al dente or to the tooth then strain.

2.  To make the sauce, heat the olive oil and butter in a frying pan and cook the eschalots over a low heat until soft and translucent.

3.  Add the garlic and button mushrooms, and cook until the mushrooms have softened. Add the wine and simmer until liquid has evaporated.

4.  Add the porcini mushrooms, thyme leaves and stock, and simmer until the liquid has reduced by half.

5.  Stir through the cream and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Then serve the sauce over the orecchiette topped with a sprinkling of parmesan and pepper.

Adding the cream to the mushrooms.  

 Enjoy! Serves four.


  1. Looks delicious, but a tad naughty with all that luscious cream.

  2. This looks like restaurant quality 🙂

  3. Yuuuuum! Orecchiette is my most favorite pasta!!!

  4. I love orecchiette too but don’t see that ofen on menus – pasta with mushrooms is the best!

  5. Missy Piggy – Yes aren’t delicious things always a tad naughty?

    Kari – *blushes*

    Andi – Glad you like it as well

    Andi – That’s why you have to make it yourself!

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