Penne with Garlicky Porcini Mushroom Sauce Recipe | Abel & Cole

Penne with Garlicky Porcini Mushroom Sauce

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Serves2 people
Penne with Garlicky Porcini Mushroom Sauce

A classic creamy organic mushroom sauce full of portobellos and dried porcini, tossed with tender wholewheat pasta to make a quick, simple and satisfying supper.


  • 12g dried porcini
  • 200g Portobello mushrooms
  • 200g white mushrooms
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • A handful of rosemary, leaves only
  • 200g wholewheat penne
  • 4 tbsp double cream
  • 50g watercress
  • Sea salt
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper

Prep: 10 mins | Cook: 20 mins

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1. 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.
2. 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.
3. While the shallots fry, slice the Portobello and white mushrooms – halve or quarter any really small ones. Peel and crush the garlic. Roughly chop most of the rosemary leaves.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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 and a tangle of watercress.
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