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Creamy Mushroom and Gruyere Pasta (GF/Vegetarian Option)

This pasta is like a warm hug on a cold night. Pasta is tossed with a creamy, cheesy sauce infused with earthy mushrooms. This comes together in about thirty minutes, so it’s a great weeknight dinner but would also be a great vegetarian option for a dinner party or buffet. You could also add cooked chicken or beef to this for a heartier meal, but it is a perfect comfort food without any additional protein.

Creamy Mushroom and Gruyere Pasta (GF/Vegetarian Option)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Creamy Mushroom and Gruyere Pasta                       (GF/Vegetarian Option)

Mushrooms are the star of this creamy, cheesy pasta!

Ingredients

  • 1 Shallot (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic (finely chopped 1-2 cloves)
  • 20 oz. Mushrooms, sliced (mixed, any varieties, I used Shitake, Oyster, Crimini, and White)
  • 1/2 cup White Wine
  • 1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup Chicken or Vegetable Stock
  • 8 oz Gruyere Cheese (shredded)
  • 1 lb. Pasta ( I used Fusilli, but Rigatoni, Penne, or Rotini would work well *Use Gluten-free if desired)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped Thyme, Chives, or Tarragon (optional)
  • Salt for pasta water

Instructions

  1. In a wide sauce pan, heat oil over medium heat. Saute shallot until it begins to soften, stirring frequently because shallots singe easily.
  2. Add mushrooms, garlic, and a teaspoon of salt.
  3. While the mushrooms are cooking, in a separate pot, cook pasta in salted water until al dente, according to package's directions, drain, saving 1/4 cup pasta water. Don't save any water if using gluten-free pasta.
  4. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are soft and fragrant.
  5. Add wine, and cook until it no longer smells like alcohol (3-4 minutes.)
  6. Add cream and stock, stir occasionally over medium heat until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Add gruyere cheese and stir in pasta and reserved pasta water. If you forgot the pasta water, don't panic. It will be fine. If it looks dry, add 1/4 cup warm water to loosen the sauce. Cook, stirring, for about 1 minute. Sprinkle with fresh herbs, if you choose to. Salt to taste, add grated romano cheese, if you like it. Serve, and enjoy!

Notes

*Add cooked protein with pasta, if desired. *More mushrooms are always a good idea, so load it up if you like them!

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