- A 12g sachet of dried porcini
- A 200g punnet of portobello Mushrooms
- A 200g punnet of white mushrooms
- 2 shallots
- 2 garlic cloves
- A handful of rosemary, leaves only
- A 200g bag of wholewheat penne
- 4 tbsp double cream
- ½ tbsp olive oil
- Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
- Heatproof bowl
- Deep frying pan
- Large pan with a lid
Tip the porcini into a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Set aside to soak for 15 mins. Put a large pan of salted water on to boil.
Peel and finely chop the shallots. Warm ½ tbsp olive oil in a deep frying pan. Add the shallots. Season with salt and pepper. Keep the heat low and gently fry for 5-6 mins till the shallots are soft and look glossy.
Finely slice the mushrooms – halve or quarter any really small ones. Peel and crush the garlic. Roughly chop most of the rosemary leaves.
Add the mushrooms to the pan. Drain the porcini and add them too. Season with a little more salt and pepper. Gently fry the mushrooms for 8-10 mins, stirring now and then, till they’re soft and any juices have cooked off.
While the mushrooms are frying, cook the pasta. Add the penne to a pan of boiling water. Cover and simmer for 8-10 mins till the penne is cooked but still has a little bite to it.
Stir the garlic and chopped rosemary into the mushrooms. Stir and fry for 2 mins. Take off the heat till the pasta has finished cooking.
Drain the pasta. Put the mushrooms back on the heat and add 4 tbsp double cream. Gently warm through. Taste and add more salt and pepper if you think it needs it. Add the penne and toss to coat. Serve in warm bowls, garnished with the remaining rosemary leaves.
Cream of the crop
Leftover cream will keep in the fridge for a couple of days, but you can also freeze it. Pour it into ice cube trays and freeze, then transfer to a freezer bag ready to drop into soups or curries.