You will love this wholesome, delicious Mushroom Pasta recipe. It’s a quick and easy recipe that is sure to please everyone!
Mushroom Pasta is a very quick and yummy recipe. Give it a try — it’s a wonderful and flavorful dish. Best of all, it’s highly versatile so you can make it suit your preferences!
What Kind of Mushrooms Should I Use in Mushroom Pasta?
I usually buy portobello mushrooms because I love their hearty texture and delicious, savory flavor. However, you can use any kind of fresh mushroom! Here are a few options:
- Button mushrooms
- Cremini mushrooms
- Shiitake mushrooms
What Kind of Pasta Should I Use in Mushroom Pasta?
You can also switch the pasta to your favorite shape and kind. I like bow-tie pasta, but you can also use:
- Ditalini (short tubes)
- Gemelli (short and spiraled)
- Macaraoni (short tubes, but thinner than ditalini)
- Rotini (corkscrew-shaped)
- Or any other favorite pasta!
How Can I Make Gluten-Free Mushroom Pasta?
It’s easy! To make gluten-free mushroom pasta, all you need to do is substitute the bow-tie pasta with gluten-free pasta (of any shape you desire). There are many gluten-free pastas to choose from (and more coming on the market every day!), including:
- Brown rice pasta
- Corn pasta
- Bean pasta
- Quinoa pasta
- Lentil pasta
Choose your favorite and then whip up a big batch of gluten-free Mushroom Pasta!
What is Umami? (and how is it related to Mushroom Pasta?)
Since this pasta features mushrooms, I thought it was worth chatting about umami. After all, umami is an important part of mushrooms!
The term “umami” comes from the Japanese language and is loosely translated as “a pleasant, savory taste.” The savory taste of umami is one of the five tastes:
The best way to describe umami is it’s kind of that “mmmm” flavor in foods. A lot of foods naturally contain high levels of umami, including mushrooms. Other foods high in umami are ripe tomatoes, soy sauce, and shellfish.
So if you find yourself saying “mmmmmm” when you’re eating this Mushroom Pasta, you can thank umami for some of that!
I wanted to quickly take you through how to make Mushroom Pasta so you can see how easy it is to make.
Step #1: Cook bow-tie pasta (or your preferred pasta) according to package directions.
Step #2: Drain well.
Step #3: In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
Step #4: Add onion, mushrooms (portobello or your preferred mushroom), and garlic and turkey bacon; cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until mushrooms are nearly tender.
Step #5: Stir in spinach, thyme, and pepper; cook 1 minute or until heated through and spinach is slightly wilted.
Step #6: Stir in cooked pasta; toss gently to mix.
Step #7: Sprinkle with cheese.
A Few More Recipes for You to Enjoy
I’ve also been making:
- 6 ounces dried bow-tie pasta
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 cup sliced portobello or other fresh mushrooms
- 2 slices of turkey bacon, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 cups thinly sliced fresh spinach
- 1 teaspoon snipped fresh thyme
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
- Cook bow-tie pasta according to package directions.
- Drain well.
- In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
- Add onion, mushrooms, and garlic and turkey bacon; cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until mushrooms are nearly tender.
- Stir in spinach, thyme, and pepper; cook 1 minute or until heated through and spinach is slightly wilted.
- Stir in cooked pasta; toss gently to mix.
- Sprinkle with cheese.
Recipe Adapted from: BHG.com