Hey, it’s another quick pasta dish suitable for busy weeknights! As usual, no time to cook plus a tiny kitchen that needs some new organisation results in fast meals. I do pride myself on making do with what I have though and what I did have a while ago was quite the bounty of mushrooms and only little ol’ me to feed that night. It was pasta I was craving and I came across a Jamie Oliver recipe online that would suit. There’s a lot of hate going around for him and say what you like but his recipes are ideal for the small kitchen.
This dish really highlights the flavour of the mushrooms so do branch out from the regular white button ones. I’ve made this spaghetti a few times already, each time with a different combination of interesting mushrooms (the photos are from two different days). Oyster mushrooms and shimeji mushrooms, oyster mushrooms and Portobello mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms and enoki mushrooms – endless combinations! And hey, if you can afford it/find them, wild mushrooms would be superb.
Spaghetti with Mushrooms
adapted from a recipe by Jamie Oliver.
200-250g spaghetti or spaghettini
300-400g assorted mushrooms, cut or torn into bite sized pieces
1 clove garlic, minced finely
a large pinch of chili flakes
2 tbsps olive oil
splash of white wine
large pat of unsalted butter
juice of half a lemon
a small handful of parsley, chopped
salt to taste
Set a large pot of water to boil for the pasta.
Heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the oil, followed by the garlic and chili flakes. Stir briefly and then add all the mushrooms. Continue stirring. When the mushrooms start exuding water, add the splash of white wine and continue cooking until the mushrooms are as done as you like. Add the pat of butter and the lemon juice and stir through. Salt to taste.
The water should be boiling by now. Salt well and then boil your spaghetti until al dente. Drain and add to the mushrooms along with the chopped parsley and toss. Serve.