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Creamy Mushroom Pasta with Thyme

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Creamy mushroom pasta is the perfect easy vegetarian dinner. It’s so simple to make and is the ultimate weeknight comfort food!

Hey heyyyy…we’ve got mushroom pasta for your meat free Monday and it is creamy and garlicky and full of thyme and it is just delicious 😍

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It’s time for cosying up with big bowls of pasta and this creamy mushroom pasta is pretty much the ultimate.

It’s got butter, garlic, mushrooms and thyme for a big ol’ flavour bomb that’ll fill you up and put a smile on your face. I use plenty of double cream in this because, well, sometimes you just need to go all out you know?

And it gives this dish the most comforting flavour and richness which I absolutely love.

Can you use milk instead of cream in this creamy mushroom pasta?

If you’d rather lighten this recipe up a little you could try using milk instead of cream. You might need to add a little cornflour slurry (whisk a few tablespoons of milk with a tablespoon of flour together) to the sauce to help thicken it but it should still taste amazing.

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This creamy mushroom pasta is typical of a weeknight dinner in our house and one that I’ll throw together when I’ve got nothing else planned. 

What else is there to turn to when you’re desperate for dinner and have hardly any ingredients in your cupboards?

Of course we always always always have pasta in the cupboard and the same goes for garlic because it’s the best thing in the world. Then it’s just a case of picking up some double cream and mushrooms and you’re 20 minutes away from dinner.

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Creamy Mushroom Pasta Ingredients:

To make this simple mushroom pasta recipe you will need:

  • Pasta: I like to use something cute and little for this recipe like conchiglie but really whatever you like will work.
  • Butter & Garlic: Is there two more glorious words to read than butter and garlic? You have to know you’re in store for something incredible when they’re involved.
  • Mushrooms: I used regular white mushrooms but your favourite type would work fine, try chestnut or even portobello.
  • Thyme: I love thyme in this recipe, it adds such a delicious flavour and is one of my favourite herbs. It would also work really well with parsley or even rosemary.
  • Double Cream: Because you need that creamy deliciousness.

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How to make creamy mushroom pasta?

It’s so perfectly easy to make this creamy mushroom pasta:

  1. Cook the pasta: According to packet instructions and make sure to reserve a little pasta water before you drain it.
  2. Fry the mushrooms: Melt the butter and add the garlic then the mushrooms and thyme and fry until softened. Scoop them out and set aside.
  3. Make the sauce: Melt more butter and cook more garlic and the flour then add the cream and whisk then simmer until thickened.
  4. Toss the pasta with the sauce: Then serve with extra thyme and black pepper.

Equipment you need to make this recipe…

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Creamy Mushroom Pasta Variations:

This simple creamy mushroom pasta can be changed up in some delicious ways!

  • Add some greens: If you want to up the veg content a bit then try adding some kale or spinach. They would work great in here and be so simple to add.
  • Add some protein: This mushroom pasta would be fab with some cooked chicken stirred through.
  • Try some other flavours: Try stirring through some extra herbs and spices into the sauce. Some chilli flakes or a little smoked paprika would be so delicious.

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Want more? Try these other vegetarian pasta recipes!

WONDERING WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVER INGREDIENTS YOU’VE GOT FROM MAKING THIS CREAMY MUSHROOM PASTA WITH THYME?

If you’re anything like me then you’re always looking for ways to save money and avoid food waste so I want to make sure you’ve get plenty of ideas on how to use up any ingredients that are leftover from my recipes!

Vegetarian Sausage Casserole 

Thyme works perfectly in this winter warmer.

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Creamy Cauliflower Curry in the Pressure Cooker

If you’ve got leftover double cream definitely make this creamy curry.

Bowl of creamy cauliflower curry with rice on a hesian mat

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Creamy Mushroom Pasta with Thyme

Creamy mushroom pasta is the perfect easy vegetarian dinner. It's so simple to make and is the ultimate weeknight comfort food! 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 625kcal
Author: Amy

Ingredients

  • 300 g Conchiglie or another pasta of your choice, cooked according to packet instructions
  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 4 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 200 g Mushrooms sliced
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • 2 sprigs Thyme
  • 250 ml Double Cream
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 4 tbsp Reserved Pasta Water
  • Thyme Leaves to serve

Instructions

  • Melt half the butter over a medium heat and add half the garlic. Cook for a couple of minutes then add the mushrooms and thyme and fry for about 10 minutes until softened. Scoop out the mushrooms and set aside.
  • Add the rest of the butter, melt and then add the rest of the garlic and the flour. Cook for a couple of minutes then slowly pour in the cream and whisk. Simmer until thickened.
  • Add the pasta and mushrooms plus a little pasta water, add a tablespoon at a time, until everything is coated and the sauce is the desired consistency. Serve sprinkled with thyme and black pepper.
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Mushroom Pasta with Thyme
Amount Per Serving
Calories 625 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 55%
Saturated Fat 21g 105%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Sodium 132mg 6%
Potassium 385mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 63g 21%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 25.9%
Vitamin C 3.8%
Calcium 6.5%
Iron 8.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the ingredients used.
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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Catherine Brown
    13/11/2018 at 12:11 AM

    Mmmm, when it’s been cold all day I really love a deliciously creamy pasta. This one looks perfect! Love the use of thyme here too. 🙂

    • Reply
      Amy
      13/11/2018 at 10:00 AM

      Thanks so much Catherine!

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