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Mushroom Pappardelle with Balsamic Vinegar

Mushroom Pappardelle, the epitome of simplicity, butter, garlic, shrooms, and balsamic vinegar all cooked in the time it takes to cook pasta.

This quick and easy vegetarian meal is a real winner, the sweet and sour vibe of balsamic vinegar is the perfect foil for earthy mushrooms!

Garlic mushroom pappardelle with balsamic vinegar.

Garlic Mushroom Pasta with Balsamic

When it comes to dinner in a hurry, it is hard to see beyond pasta. This recipe joins lots of quick pasta recipes here on krumpli.

Few flavours go together like balsamic and mushrooms so this easy mushroom pasta recipe is a safe bet on the flavour front.

I use balsamic in 3 of my 4 stuffed mushroom recipes. It also gets used in both my mushroom risotto recipes and my mushroom orzotto recipe.

But this dish meal is very much a stripped-down version of my mushroom ravioli recipe.

But let’s face it making ravioli is time-consuming, time ain’t an issue in this recipe though.

It pretty much all comes together in the time it takes to boils some pasta and we all have that time available to us.

If vegetarian mushroom dishes are your mojo then you must check out my devilled mushrooms on toast recipe!

Close up garlic mushroom pappardelle with parsley.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a different pasta?

Yes, of course! I like to serve this recipe with broad and flat pasta, so pappardelle is ideal. But fettuccini and tagliatelle work just as well.

Other shapes like the orecchiette I use with my pork ragu or farfalle (bow ties) would work equally well.

Should I use my best balsamic vinegar?

No, do not use your finest balsamic, save that for dressings, we are cooking this and reducing it down!

I do avoid the really cheap stuff where possible, but a decent vinegar will see you well.

What mushrooms should I use?

I usually use plain old shrooms. They are convenient, readily available and last pretty well.

But this recipe works great with oyster mushrooms, king oyster mushrooms, and chestnut mushrooms. It’s also superb with wild mushrooms if you fancy getting fancy!

Garlic mushroom pappardelle with balsamic vinegar served in a white bowl.

Recipe Variations

This mushroom pappardelle recipe is naturally vegetarian but it is possible to turn it vegan by choosing your pasta wisely. My friend Rosemary makes a wonderful vegan egg free pasta.

Then swap out the butter for olive oil and job done.

Adding peas to this recipe adds a lovely fresh sweetness, it also works really well with spinach.

Just toss a few handfuls in when you add the pasta, it will wilt quickly. I do something very similar with my mushroom and spinach risotto.

Searing leaks in a second pan and adding them in the same way I do with my balsamic mushroom and leek risotto would also work well.

Mushroom pappardelle with balsamic vinegar served in a white bowl with parsley.

Equipment Used

I only mention brands of equipment if I think that they make a material difference to a recipe. But if you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments section below the recipe.

  • Stovetop.
  • 28cm or 11″ frying pan or skillet.
  • 20cm or 8″ saucepan.
  • Colander.
  • Serving and stirring spoons or tongs.
  • Chopping board.
  • Kitchen knife.
  • Weighing scales and or measuring jug, cups and spoons.
Mushroom pappardelle with balsamic vinegar served in a white bowl with parsley.
Yield: 2 Servings

Mushroom Pappardelle Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Garlic and balsamic vinegar play the support role in this glorious, quick, and easy mushroom pappardelle pasta recipe.


  • 250g (~3 Cups) Mushrooms
  • 50g (⅓ Cup) Shallot
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 50g (3 Tbsp + 1 Tsp) Butter
  • 50ml (3 Tbsp + 1 Tsp) Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Tsp Fresh Thyme (Sub for ⅓ Tsp Dried Thyme)
  • 175g (6oz) Pappardelle Pasta
  • Salt for Cooking Pasta


  1. Peel and dice the onion as finely as you can.
  2. Slice the garlic as thinly as you can.
  3. Cut the mushrooms into 5-6mm (¼") thick slices.
  4. Bring a 20cm or 8" saucepan of well-salted water (I use 1½ teaspoons in a pan this size) to a boil.
  5. Melt the butter in a 28cm or 11" frying pan or skillet over a medium-low heat.
  6. When the butter foams throw in the shallots, garlic, and thyme and cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Add the mushrooms and season with salt and pepper then fry for 8-10 minutes.
  8. Now is the perfect time to add the pasta, add it 2-3 minutes after the mushrooms go into the pan.
  9. When the mushrooms are nicely cooked turn up the heat to high and add in the balsamic vinegar.
  10. Cook for 2 minutes reducing almost all the way.
  11. By now the pasta should be cooked, drain and reserve 75-125ml (⅓-½ Cup) of the cooking water.
  12. Add the pasta to the mushrooms and then a little of the cooking liquid and stir to form a silky coating.
  13. Add snipped chives to serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 585Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 178mgCarbohydrates: 82gFiber: 6gSugar: 11gProtein: 15g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

Did you make this recipe?

If you made this recipe, I'd love to see what you did and what I can do better, share a picture with me on Instagram and tag me @krumplibrian and tell me how it went!

Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness

Thursday 8th of February 2018

What a combo!! I have yet to try it, but it sounds amazing!

Brian Jones

Thursday 8th of February 2018

Thank you, have fun!


Tuesday 6th of February 2018

Thyme and mushrooms are one of my favorite flavors to pair together! And I love how huge your 'shrooms are in these pics!

Brian Jones

Wednesday 7th of February 2018

Thanks Alyssa, mine too.


Tuesday 6th of February 2018

Balsamic and mushrooms are amazing together. What a great idea to add them to pasta!

Brian Jones

Wednesday 7th of February 2018

Thanks Kate


Tuesday 6th of February 2018

This looks so great, especially for a quick weeknight meal!

Brian Jones

Wednesday 7th of February 2018

Thanks Emily.


Tuesday 6th of February 2018

Balsamic and mushrooms are such a delicious combo. And simple mixed through pasta is one of my favourite easy meals.

Brian Jones

Wednesday 7th of February 2018

Cheers Dannii

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