Meat-Free, Easy and Tasty: Mushroom Tetrazzini with Tagliatelle

Aired January 10, 2011

Serves Serves 4
1 tablespoon EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 pound white mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme
Salt and pepper
1 large shallot, finely chopped
3 to 4 large cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
1/4 cup dry sherry or Marsala
1 cup cream
Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
About a cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus some to pass at table
1 pound egg tagliatelle or fettuccine
1 cup frozen organic peas, defrosted
Finely chopped flat-leaf parsley, for garnish

Bring a large pot of water to a boil for pasta.

Heat EVOO and butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and thyme, and cook to tender, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 10-12 minutes. Season mushrooms with salt and pepper, and add shallots and garlic. Saut another 4-5 minutes then deglaze the pan with sherry or Marsala. Stir in cream and bring to a bubble then reduce heat to low and simmer. Season with nutmeg. When pasta is just about done, turn off heat and stir in cheese, a couple of handfuls. Cover and reserve.

Cook pasta to al dente. Reserve 1 cup starchy cooking liquid, then drain pasta and return to hot pot with peas. Add 1/2 cup cooking liquid and mushroom sauce, and toss to combine, 1-2 minutes. Add more water as necessary to coat pasta evenly.

Serve in shallow bowls topped with parsley and pass more cheese at table.

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