Recipe by cryssmarie1
This is a WONDERFUL recipe that was created out of several of my other favorite italian recipes. Everytime I make it for someone new their response is generally something similar to, "wow, you should open an Italian restaraunt if you always cook like this!" Best part is, it's a fairly easy recipe! I put this over plain pasta, pasta with cheese, pasta and sliced chicken breast, broiled chicken with asparagus and mozzarella, breaded chicken...almost anything!
Top Review by nicolevolzer
I LOVE pasta da vinci. Everytime I go to the Cheesecake Factory I get it. Unfortunately I made this recipe and followed every single step and got nothing close to what the Cheesecake factory serves. With the 8oz of cream cheese, this gave me a white sauce rather than an oil sauce. It tasted more of an alfredo sauce than what the Cheesecake Factory serves. . However the sauce I got turned out to be good.
- 6 ounces sliced mushrooms (I prefer to use Morels or Shitake, but Portabellos are good, too.)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 (16 ounce) can beef broth or 1 (16 ounce) can consomme
- 2 cups madeira wine or 2 cups marsala wine
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1⁄2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- 4 ounces heavy cream
- 3 crushed garlic cloves
- ground pepper
Directions See How It's Made
- Over med. heat, sautee sliced mushrooms in 2 T. olive oil for about 5 minutes.
- Add broth and wine to mushrooms and bring to a slow boil. Let sauce boil for about 15 minutes or until it starts to reduce and the "alcohol smell" from the wine has cooked out.
- *Optional: the longer you simmer this part of the sauce, the richer and more flavorful it will become.
- *This is the point you would want to start boiling your pasta.
- Lower heat to medium again and once the sauce stops boiling, add the cream cheese and butter, whisking it together as it melts.
- Whisk in remaining ingredients and stir until smooth and creamy.
- Pour over your favorite pasta and/or chicken breast and serve. It is SINFUL topped with Mozzarella and broiled for just a few minutes to brown the cheese.