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Balsamic Mushroom Pasta

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Mushrooms lend themselves so well to pasta dishes and this balsamic mushroom pasta features both chestnut mushrooms and 'french horn' mushrooms enriched with butter and Balsamic vinegar.

Few flavours go together like balsamic and mushrooms so this super simple mushroom pasta is a pretty safe bet on the flavour front, but it is just fantastic. It does not matter what is happening or how the day has gone it is one of those dishes that requires the cooking skill of a house brick to pull together and always tastes like a million dollars despite costing pennies. This recipe is very much a stripped down and simpler version of another mushroom pasta recipe here on krumpli, my mushroom ravioli, but lets face it making ravioli is time consuming and sometimes there just aint the time. This recipe though time aint an issue, it pretty much all comes together in the time it takes to boils some pasta and we all have that kinda time available to us.

Mushrooms lend themselves so well to pasta dishes and this balsamic mushroom pasta features both chestnut mushrooms and 'french horn' mushrooms enriched with butter and Balsamic vinegar.

I am lucky enough to be able to get my hands on some funky mushrooms now and again and I found these ‘French Horn’ mushrooms again that I used in my mushroom risotto a while ago. They are fabulous but they are not a requirement for this recipe, it works just as will with any old mushrooms you can get your hands on, what is important is the balsamic vinegar. It forms the key flavour profile of this recipe so use the best stuff you can afford, it does not use a huge amount just 25ml a portion so slash out and treat yourself, it lasts forever in the pantry so no need to worry about it going off. Balsamic vinegar is one of those ingredients that just makes cooking better and I always have a half decent bottle hidden in the cupboard for livening up risottos or pasta dishes but it also adds a fab depth to all sorts of sauces.

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Mushrooms lend themselves so well to pasta dishes and this balsamic mushroom pasta features both chestnut mushrooms and 'french horn' mushrooms enriched with butter and Balsamic vinegar.
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Mushrooms lend themselves so well to pasta dishes and this balsamic mushroom pasta features both chestnut mushrooms and 'french horn' mushrooms enriched with butter and Balsamic vinegar.
Balsamic Mushroom Pasta
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Mushrooms lend themselves so well to pasta dishes and this balsamic mushroom pasta features both chestnut mushrooms and 'french horn' mushrooms enriched with butter and Balsamic vinegar.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2
Calories: 333 kcal
Author: Brian Jones
Ingredients
  • 350 g Mushrooms I like to mix it up and use 250g of chestnut mushrooms and 100g of French Horn Mushrooms
  • 50 g Shallot Finely diced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Finely sliced
  • 50 g Butter
  • 50 ml Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 Tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 200 g Pasta I like to use large shells
  • Chives To garnish
Instructions
  1. Cook your pasta as per instructions, your mushrooms will take about 12-15 minutes to cook so time it well.

  2. Melt the butter in a pan over a medium high heat and when it foams throw in the shallots, garlic and thyme, cooking for 60 seconds.

  3. Now add your mushrooms, salt and pepper then fry for 8-10 minutes, if you are cooking larger mushrooms like these French Horn Mushrooms cook cut side down for almost all of the cooking time.

  4. When the mushrooms are nicely cooked turn up the heat to high and add in the balsamic vinegar, keeping the pan moving all the time getting all of the mushrooms coated in balsamic.

  5. By now your pasta should be ready so drain reserving a little liquid and add to the mushrooms.

  6. Mix together adding enough liquid to make a sauce and serve with a sprinkling of chives.

Mushrooms lend themselves so well to pasta dishes and this balsamic mushroom pasta features both chestnut mushrooms and 'french horn' mushrooms enriched with butter and Balsamic vinegar.

2018-04-18T11:45:28+00:00

12 Comments

  1. Tania @ The Cook's Pyjamas February 6, 2018 at 10:11 am - Reply

    I love mushrooms. I love balsamic vinegar. Why have I never thought to combine them?? This sounds delicious!

    • Brian Jones February 7, 2018 at 8:45 am - Reply

      They are great flavours together a real classic combination.

  2. Dannii February 6, 2018 at 11:18 am - Reply

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

  3. Emily February 6, 2018 at 11:46 am - Reply

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

  4. Kate February 6, 2018 at 12:01 pm - Reply

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

  5. Alyssa February 6, 2018 at 1:12 pm - Reply

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

  6. Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness February 8, 2018 at 2:33 am - Reply

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

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