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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fettuccine with Mushrooms, Walnuts and Parmesan

This month, food bloggers are sharing their favorite three-ingredient pastas. Today, Heather from Flourishing Foodie shares her recipe for fettuccine with mushrooms, walnuts and parmesan, a rich combination she discovered by accident. The best part? It takes just 10 minutes to make. Here's how...
Fettuccine with Mushrooms, Walnuts and Parmesan
by Heather Hands of Flourishing Foodie


I stumbled across this dish one night after work, when I was rummaging through the fridge trying to think of something to prepare for dinner. With only a few ingredients in my fridge (a small bag of mushrooms, a piece of Parmesan cheese and a stick of butter), I wasn’t completely confident that I could make something out of those few ingredients.

I liked the idea of pairing mushrooms and walnuts, as they are a combination that has worked well in many dishes before. Lately, I’ve been pretty excited about adding nuts to my meals, and not just salads. They add a nice earthiness and crunch for flavor, and they are a great source of protein and healthy fats. Luckily I had a small jar in the cupboard perfect for this dish.

Beurre noisette, a french term for brown butter or literally "hazelnut butter," is one of the most amazing flavors I have ever experienced. Brown butter is made by heating butter over low heat until the butterfat and milk solids separate. The milk solids turn light brown and fall to the bottom of the pan. The whole process produces a rich nutty flavor that is irresistible. Frying the mushrooms in brown butter brings out the most intensely wonderful flavors from the mushrooms. The Parmesan cheese adds the perfect amount of salty and creaminess to tie it all together.

This meal has been a hit around my house, and my husband is convinced that I have slaved over the stove for hours. Little does he know that it only takes me 10 minutes to prepare. Some secrets are best kept to ourselves. Recipe: Mushroom, Walnut and Parmesan Fettuccine

You'll need:

4 ½ oz dry fettuccine pasta
4 tbsp unsalted butter
2 ½ cups white or crimini mushrooms, sliced
¼ cup walnut halves
2 oz Parmesan cheese, grated
Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

In a large pot of boiling water, add the fettuccine and cook until al dente.

A few minutes before the pasta has cooked, in a large frying pan on low heat, heat the butter until it begins to pop and sizzle. Add the sliced mushrooms and fry until the butter is light brown and the mushrooms are soft. Add the walnuts and fry for a minute or two until they are warm and coated with butter.

Drain the pasta. Toss in a large bowl with the mushrooms and walnuts. Add the grated Parmesan cheese, and season with sea salt and fresh black pepper. Serve warm.
Thank you so much, Heather!

P.S. More best recipes, including roasted mushrooms and Ricotta & Honey Crostini. Plus, pop quiz: What's really in your fridge?

(Photos and recipe by Heather Hands. Thanks to Caroline Donofrio for her help with this series)

31 comments:

jm said...

This looks totally delicious! I am going to make it tonight.

jm said...

This looks totally delicous! Exactly the kind of thing I like. I am definitely trying this out tonight.

Oldman said...

It would be even better if you make your own pasta

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Lauren Knight said...

10 minutes to make? It sure looks delicious. I'm pinning this for a quick last-minute meal this summer. Thanks!

Andrea Halim said...

This looks absolutely delicious! Cannot wait to give this recipe a shot :))

Yuko Jones | northfield gate said...

Omg! This looks amazing! Must try this. I've been making pasta with tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic, anchovies and Parmesan cheese and it's simply delicious. I love pasta with fresh ingredients.

Yuko Jones | northfield gate said...

I must try this! I've been making pasta with tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic, anchovies and Parmesan cheese this summer and it's simply delicious. I love pasta with fresh ingredients.

districtandmore said...

This dish looks absolutely delicious. I can't wait to make it. Thank you for sharing!

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Joanna Goddard said...

this might be my favorite post in the food series—i already forward it to alex to make this week :)

Carmen Varner said...

Oh my. The mushrooms seriously look heavenly. The mushrooms & walnuts make for a superb pairing. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼

Alexa said...

this recipe looks delicious! i'll make this year-round.

really enjoying this series—it's helping me out of my food rut!

Sylvie Morgan Brown said...

LOVE! I love the idea of 3-ingredient pasta dishes. Any more than 3 and it's a bit crowded I'd say ;)

Aisybee said...

Yum, this looks GREAT!!
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Erin W. said...

I HAVE to make this! Looks so good!

Bethanne said...

I always try the pasta dishes you highlight. Long live pasta!

Allison said...

We sometimes get a packaged fresh tortellini that is nuts and mushrooms and it is a great flavour combination. I'd love to make this from-scratch version. Yum!

Lou Lou B said...

I was staring at a bag of mushrooms the other day thinking "what should I do with you?"... Their delicious purpose in life has been found!

Anne said...

I'm loving this series so much! I already made the spaghetti with roasted tomatoes (delicious) and I will try this recipe this weekend :) Thanks Caroline and Heather!

MollColl said...

I am suddenly having a massive mushroom craving - this looks amazing!

chocoletchip said...

Ohhh my gosh! I would do this tomorrow. You just made me crave for it!

RJ Cruz said...

That looks so appetizing, now I'm hungry :D

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Lily L-M said...

Mushrooms are the absolute best thing in pasta. This recipe looks right up my alley!

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Tamsin Lim said...

Looks completely delicious - what a lovely colour the beurre noisette gives the dish. The best thing is how long it takes to cook, and how few ingredients are needed! On my to cook list, thanks for sharing! :D

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Cathy Cook said...

This looks delicious! Saving the recipe for later. :)

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

Gotta make this for my hubby!

cheyenne said...

this looks delicious, thanks for sharing!
xo, cheyenne

abroadathome said...

We had this for dinner and loved it! I added in pancetta because I have no self-control, and it was super excellent that way. This series is so great!

Melissa said...

YUM! Making this tomorrow...

Carrie - Lifestyle Files Blog said...

Yummy Yum ---- this looks delicious & so easy. What a great summer weeknight meal. This is going to be made soon!
Best,
Carrie

Ash Ea said...

Looks so good!

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