What’s for dinner? Umami mushroom rigatoni

Short on time? Ready in under an hour, this flavourful dish will save the day.

Serves 4

You’ll need: 250g rigatoni pasta (or another similar short pasta); 4 large portabello mushrooms; 250g portabellini mushrooms; 250g olive oil; 250g butter; 1 large bunch fresh thyme; 4 garlic cloves, minced; 2 tbsp soy sauce; ½ cup crème Fraiche; salt and pepper, to taste; 1 lemon, cut into wedges.

How to:

Cook rigatoni in boiling salted water, until al dente.

Reserve a cup of pasta cooking water and drain the pasta.

While the pasta is cooking, scrape out the black gills from the underside of the portabellos with a teaspoon. Cut each portabello in half and then cut each half into four chunky wedges. Slice portabellini’s into quarters.

Heat oil and butter in a large cast-iron pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant. Add mushrooms and thyme.

Cook mushrooms, tossing them often until just tender and golden brown.

 Pour in the soy sauce and cook until absorbed. Turn the heat down.

Stir in the crème fraîche, salt, pepper, and a splash of pasta water.

 Add cooked pasta and toss gently to coat in the mushroom sauce. Keep adding pasta water as needed to achieve a silky, shiny sauce.

Serve pasta with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and extra freshly ground black pepper.

* Recipe & image by The South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association.

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