You can use any combination of fresh mushrooms that you prefer to make this delicious mushroom
sauce. The key component of the sauce is the mushroom broth, so don't skip this step. The broth
adds a concentrated mushroom flavor to the creamy pasta sauce.
We recommend pairing the mushroom sauce with tagliolini all' uvo, which is a long, thin egg pasta.
best with thin, creamy sauces. If fresh egg pasta is not available substitute a good-quality
ribbon-shaped dry pasta.
12 ounces assorted mushrooms (baby portabellos, cremini, button)
3 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
4-5 sprigs of fresh thyme
Salt and pepper
1 cup heavy cream
12-14 ounces tagliolini or similar pasta
Grated Parmesan cheese
To make the mushroom broth:
Remove the stems from the mushrooms; coarsely chop them. Dice the
mushroom caps into bite-size pieces. Set them aside for later. Put the
chopped stems in a saucepan with the chicken broth; bring to a simmer.
Cook the broth until reduced by half, about 20-25 minutes. Strain the broth into
a measuring cup; discard the chopped stems. You should have 1-1/2 cups of
mushroom broth; set it aside.
Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and
garlic. Saute for 2-3 minutes, just until the onion begins to brown. Add the
diced mushroom caps and thyme. Saute until the mushrooms begin to brown,
about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the mushroom broth;
simmer for 4-5 minutes until it begins to reduce. Add the cream and cook
another 5 minutes, until the sauce starts to thicken. Use tongs to remove the
sprigs of thyme; discard.
Cook the tagliolini until al dente. Drain the pasta and add it to the sauce in the
skillet; gently toss to coat. Transfer the pasta to a serving bowl or divide into
individual portions. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.
Sauteing onions until soft, 5 to 10 minutes,
is the first step in many recipes. The
reason is that softened onions add body
and sweetness. Browning onions, 10 to 15
minutes, gives the onions a deeper flavor
that makes them great with sauteed
greens or in a savory tart. Lowering the
heat and cooking the onions for 30 minutes
or more will caramelize them. Longer
cooking brings out the onion's sweet side.
Caramelized onions are nice on pizza or in