Chef Paul Nash, the Head Chef of The Conservatory at The Cellars-Hohenort, shares his favourite winter recipe, Mushroom Pasta. This quick and easy dish is made with porcini mushrooms and is deeply tasty.

Mushroom Pasta

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Servings: 2

500g Tagliatelle
2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 cup dried porcini
2 tablespoons chopped shallots
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
1 tablespoon butter
2 cups vegetable stock
1 cup white wine
1 cup full cream
2 tablespoons chopped, fresh parsley
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
Salt and pepper to taste

To rehydrate the mushrooms, place them in a bowl with two cups of water and let them soak for about 15 minutes. Water should be warm and not boiling hot. Drain the water from the mushrooms and slice into pieces, keep the stock of the mushrooms to add to your sauce at a later stage.

Slice your onions and chop your garlic. Heat your pan to a medium heat and add the butter and olive oil, once the oil is hot add the onions and garlic and sauté until golden brown, add the hydrated chopped mushrooms and then the white wine and reduce the wine down in the pan to a 1/3.

Add the cream and the mushroom /vegetable stock and let reduce until the desired taste has developed, season with salt and pepper and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to break the richness of the cream in the dish.

Just before the sauce is ready to serve grate half of the Parmesan cheese into the sauce and pull of the heat, add the fresh chopped parsley and serve with your al dente cooked pasta.

 

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