As an adult I love mushrooms. As a child, I hated them. I think that parents who claim their kid is a picky eater are maybe feeding them things that are gross. Case in point, I hated mushrooms. So gross. Ew. Yuck. That is because the only mushrooms I had ever come into contact with were button mushrooms. Button mushrooms in my opinion, taste like weeds and dirt. I think they are the worst of the mushroom options. So knowing this, as an adult, I wasn’t super optimistic about trying different kinds of mushrooms. When I finally did, it was a life changer. Now I love mushrooms (the right kinds) on everything, and in everything. I always buy crazy mushrooms at the farmers market, and this is the perfect dish to utilize them. This is a super quick and easy perfect for dinner pasta dish. Rigatoni with a wild mushroom crema sauce. I’m excited about it, and I can’t wait to make it again! Yum!
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Quick and Easy Mezzi Rigatoni with a Wild Mushroom Cream Sauce
- 1 pound mezzi rigatoni
- 2 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- ½ medium yellow onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 sprigs thyme, minced
- 4 ounces cremini mushrooms, cleaned and thinly sliced
- 4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, cleaned, stemmed and thinly sliced
- 2 ounces oyster mushrooms, cleaned and roots removed
- 3 king oyster mushrooms, cleaned and thinly sliced
- 1 cup red wine
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened optional
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
- salt and pepper to taste
- Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add a generous amount of salt to the water, followed by the pasta. Cook for 7 to 9 minutes or until al dente, stirring occasionally. Drain into a colander and toss with a dash of olive oil. Set aside.
- Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and sauté onions for about 3 minutes. Add garlic, thyme and mushrooms and continue to sauté for 4 to 5 minutes (if the mixture gets too dry add an additional tablespoon of water). Season with salt and pepper.
- Deglaze the pan with the red wine and allow the liquid to reduce by ⅔.
- Lower heat to medium-low and stir in cream and butter, if using.
- Add pasta and stir together until well coated. Top with parmesan and fold together. Adjust seasonings.
- Top each plate with extra Parmesan and cracked black pepper and serve.
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I want to start making my own pasta. This might be a great recipe to try that with. I’m excited.
I just made this for my husbands birthday, with a few modifications that is. I forgot to buy heavy cream but had 1/2 and 1/2 so I used it with a bit more butter and it turned out awesome! I used shitaki and baby bella, that is all I could get at my store…I seriously want to go for another serving just thinking about it! Oh and to top mine off…BACON…crumbled bacon on top….so good!! Thanks for sharing I will be making this time and time again, with cream of course! :)
This looks so delicious, thank you! I grew up in Singapore and loved every kind of mushrooms. But embarrassingly, the ones I loved the most were briny, slimy canned button mushrooms. I would make my mom get cans of those and eat them a can at a time! Still love them, although now I love almost every other kind as well.
Out of curiosity, was your experience as a child deterred because you had them raw? I never understood eating raw button mushrooms- I didn’t even know they were edible raw until I came to the US and saw people eating them with salads. Tastes like dirt to me, raw.
Oh, my…made this tonight and it was intoxicating. Wow, do I love mushrooms. Only change to make would be to use white wine instead of red. The purplish pink color of dinner had the kids a little freaked out. But overall, this is my new favorite dish. Yum!!
Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up
I am the same way…. As a kid.. ew mushrooms are nasty. As an adult… LOOOVE! :-)
This recipe looks lovely.
natalie @ wee eats
AGREED! Either feeding them gross things or good things in GROSS WAYS. A lot of things I thought I hated growing up turned out that my parents just didn’t cook it the way I liked! To this day I hate steamed broccoli but will eat tons of it roasted, and I always thought I hated mac & cheese but turns out that I just hate american cheese and if there’s a sharp cheddar I’m good to go! :)
DELICIOUS-looking recipe and I can’t WAIT to make it!
There should be a law against canned mushrooms!! A while ago we went out for Indian and my curry had canned mushrooms in it, I couldn’t believe it!! If you can’t get good, fresh mushrooms – leave them out! Don’t try to substitute with gummy-slimy-slices from outer space ;)
wow looks delicious i have always loved mushrooms! xx
I was always the only kid who did like them! So my love for them now is exponential! Thank you for sharing this recipe – I’ll be making it this weekend!
Bev @ Bev Cooks
I cannot even begin to take this. yummmmzzzz.
I didn’t like mushrooms until I was 30! And yes, it was because as a kid I was exposed to flabby, slimy, sliced button mushrooms with no flavor. This pasta looks delectable. I think I’m going to have to run out and buy some exotic mushrooms today and make this tonight for my family – I’m sure my kids love it, too :) Lisa
I make a dish very similar. I love to throw in chicken with mine at times. Very awesome
Lindsey (Lou Lou Biscuit)
Delicious! Nothing better out there than mushrooms and cream. I love the mushroom picture
Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking
All those glorious mushrooms!!! I love mushrooms! Maybe parents should introduce kids to mushrooms via a slice of pizza…. That might trick them into liking the right kind of mushrooms!
Mouth. Watering. I want to gobble up a big plateful right this second.
I am the exact same – hated mushrooms as a child and love them now!! In fact I can’t get enough of them! Thanks for this recipe, this pasta is so delicious!!
Trying to make my kids to eat mushrooms is still a challenge…and they can eat everything, believe me. But I won’t give up ;) Nice recipe, looks delicious!
Averie @ Averie Cooks
I used to hate them too, but love them now! Lately Ive been on such a kick with them…eating them almost daily. Love those little things! Beautiful way to work them into this recipe!
Oh, I LOVE mushrooms–but I also live with a mushroom hater. So sad! Oh well–I’ll just have to make this for a solo lunch one day. :) Sounds so good!
I want that for lunch!
I’m finally getting to a point where I won’t pick them off or out of a meal… but I still wouldn’t deliberately choose them yet. Maybe this will be a good recipe to start off with!
Oh yum! I LOVE mushrooms. This sounds and looks awesome!
I also loved them as a kid, but my parents gave us canned mushrooms, so it took me awhile to come around to real mushrooms. But once I did…I can’t get enough! There are so many amazing different kinds! Have you ever tried lobster mushrooms? Delicious!
Looks SO delicious — i love mushrooms and what great varieties. definitely bookmarked this one :)
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
This looks lovely! Cool recipe guys!
I totally agree with you about button mushroom. It was only after I taste portobello that I started looking at mushroom from a diff view point. With pasta is always rocks. this was great!