23 March 2010

Kitchen adventures: Simple mushroom garlic pasta

By: Jessica B.
Tagged: Food

I was really looking forward to making a slow cooker pot roast for this week, until I realized I won’t be eating dinner at home for two nights, so there isn’t a need to make an entire roast.

So that has been postponed until next week (sad face!)

But after I realized I was postponing the pot roast, I scrambled to see what else I could make without going to the store again. I dug around in my kitchen and found the following: butter, pasta, olive oil, salt, pepper and mushrooms (originally intended for the pot roast).

I knew I could make an sauce but wasn’t 100 percent sure how, so I texted Rebecca for some help and she coached me through it, literally helping me create this by text message. Wave of the future.

And here it is: a simple Mushroom Garlic Pasta recipe

Daylight savings time = food photography W-I-N


  • 2 Tbsp butter (salted)
  • 2-3 gloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp EVOO
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Mozzarella cheese (or Parmesan)
  • Pasta (I used a mix of whole grain/traditional spaghetti)


  • In a skillet, combine the EVOO and butter. Once the butter is melted, add the garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes
  • Then stir in the mushrooms and cook until soft, adding a pinch of salt and pepper, then turn heat to low
  • Cook the pasta 8-9 minutes, until al dente, save 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the cooked pasta’s water
  • Combine the garlic, mushrooms, butter, EVOO mixture to the drained pasta and toss, mix in the pasta water
  • Add cheese and additional salt/pepper as desired

The verdict: DELISH!

It’s light and the color of the mushrooms against the pasta was gorgeous and adding the pasta water really gave it some additional flavor and moisture. Considering I had to shop my pantry for stuff, I’m pleased :) And very excited for the pot roast next weekend!

The other big share, due to my cooking and “planner” nature, I bought prep cups at Crate and Barrel this weekend! You can check out the ones I bought here.

What are your favorite, easy work night means. No joke, cereal is always a back-up for me :)

Review blog updates: You can still enter my Macy’s $50 gift card giveaway and check out The Runaways review!


  1. I think that is an interesting point, it made me think a bit. Thanks for sparking my thinking cap. Sometimes I get so much in a rut that I just feel like a record.

  2. tinnitis says:

    @chels I know what you mean, its hard to find good help these days. People now days just don’t have the work ethic they used to have. I mean consider whoever wrote this post, they must have been working hard to write that good and it took a good bit of their time I am sure. I work with people who couldn’t write like this if they tried, and getting them to try is hard enough as it is.

  3. Ashley says:

    Yes, loving the effect this extra daylight has on photos. By the way, you’re one of my favorite Kreativ Bloggers. Check it out: http://theeclecticconnoisseur.wordpress.com/2010/03/25/the-kreativ-blogger-award/

  4. Doniree says:

    I’m so totally obsessing over mushrooms lately, and that looks AWESOME.

  5. I should really google things before saying I don’t know what they are. :|

  6. I’m totally going to make this! It sounds super easy, although I have no idea what EVOO is…

  7. Nora says:

    Must stop reading your food blogs when I’m hungry.

  8. Kyla Roma says:

    Oh that looks amazing!! Thank you for the recipe this is definitely going to be one I’ll attempt =)

  9. Rachael says:

    This looks so good! However, I would add like a billion more mushrooms…because I love them haha

  10. Kate says:

    Pizza is becoming the go-to Wednesday night meal for us (my night at the library)! :) Salads are always easy and I make a lot of food over the weekend for leftovers during the week. Last night I made baked cod with roasted butternut squash on the side. The fish is SUPER easy. You might want to halve the recipe if it’s just you — fish doesn’t reheat so well.

    1 lb. white fish (cod, flounder, etc.)
    1/8 cup butter, melted
    breadcrumbs (the ones you use for stuffing, not the fine kind)

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place fish in glass baking dish. Season with salt and pepper. Cover fish with a good layer of breadcrumbs. Drizzle butter over fish and breadcrumbs. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until fish flakes easily.

    Easy peasy!

  11. Cheese Louise–you find the best recipes!

  12. citygal says:

    Yum! I was looking for a recipe to make tonight and this will be it :)

  13. Lacey Bean says:

    Sounds delish! And I have the same prep cups!

  14. Lil' Woman says:

    Mmmm that looks delish!! Now I can eat that! :)

  15. Erin says:

    You totally just created 90% of Real Simple magazine’s pasta recipes! And that’s awesome that she talked you through it via text. I can throw stuff together but I’m not sure I could explain what I do to someone else.

    As for my easy-go-to meal, if I’m alone then it’s totally cereal and popcorn :-) Sometimes a bag of Success Boil-in-Bag brown rice topped with some frozen shrimp sauteed with olive oil, garlic, and snow peas. Or just the shrimp and garlic if I’m out of veggies.

  16. kimmy says:

    my quick/easy-don’t-feel-like-cooking dinner is grilled cheese! i always have it and its always yummy.

    i love throwing together easy pasta dishes too. i just found a carbonara w/ asparagus that i’m planning to try this week. i constantly browse recipe sites online (while @ work…shhh) and email them to myself. do you have any foodie-blog reccomendations??

  17. Yesterday, I thought of you as I pulled out the slow cooker. =) I made a Rick Bayless pork loin recipe. Think Mexican seasoning, onions, pork. With a side of more onions in lime juice. And homemade salsa. And fried beans. And warm tortillas. It was a surprisingly easy meal to make. And we brought it over to a friends’ house who just had their second baby. Lovely evening over a simply scrumptious meal.

  18. Melinda says:

    That looks so yummy! My husband and I are getting to be expert make something with the stuff you have cooks. For some reason we just can’t bring ourselves to stick to the meal plan.

  19. Daryl Callahan says:

    This looks absolutely delicious. It has all my favorite ingredients and your presentation of it is lovely.

  20. Ginger says:

    Easy go to meal? Roasted chicken (I use pieces not a whole chicken because I’m not so keen on the breaking down a chicken part). I used to think it was super hard, but honestly you just throw chicken parts in a pan with some salt and pepper and like an hour or so later, you’ve got yummy yummy chicken with crispy yummy skin. Mmmmm…

  21. Maki says:

    Oh!!!! My JuJu would love this pasta! She’s crazy about mashrooms, so this will make her happy! It looks definitely delicious:)

  22. mandy says:

    Rebecca to the rescue! That sounds fantastic. She’s bailed me out via twitter and email before. =) Maris blogged about quesadillas, so thats what I made tonight. Hers called for shrimp and kale. I had leftover chicken and spinach. It was very delicious and incredibly easy though.

  23. mmm…this sounds delicious!

    my favorite, easy go-to meal is a salad because I can NEVER mess that up. If I’m in the salad-wanting mood, I’ll head to the grocery store at the beginning of the week and stock up on my favorite veggies (tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, carrots), some fun “extras” (shredded cheese, chickpeas, etc) and rely on my mom for amazing homemade vinaigrette dressing. YUM.