Recipe by Bakabeth
This is one of my all time favorite pasta dishes. It came from one of my mom's old cookbooks, although I have made a couple tweaks here and there over the years. I know Boursin is a little more expensive but if you can help it, don't use the inexpensive imitation brands. The sauce just won't come out right. I have used the low fat Boursin and it works fine. In a pinch, the alouette brand will work, or you can try subbing goat cheese made with garlic and herbs. For a really big meal, add in some chicken, either grilled, rotisserie or just leftover! As a note, this isn't the best dish to reheat so keep that in mind.
Top Review by GibbyLou
This was a great quick and tasty dinner for us tonight. I probably had it on the table in 30 minutes. I used pre-sliced baby bella mushrooms, green beans, and pepper boursin. I did have to cook the pasta and bean mixture about 6 minutes to get the beans to a medium crunchy texture. Thanks for posting!
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 lb portabella mushroom, stems removed, caps halved and then cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
- 1⁄4 cup white wine
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic (from a jar works)
- 1 1⁄4 cups chicken broth (preferably low-sodium)
- 5 1⁄2 ounces pepper boursin cheese (garlic and herb also works if pepper is unavailable)
- 1 lb asparagus (broccoli or sugar snap peas are also good choices)
- 3⁄4 lb medium pasta shell
- grated parmesan cheese, to taste
Directions See How It's Made
- Snap the tough ends off the asparagus and discard them. Cut the spears into 1/2 inch pieces.
- Melt butter with the oil over medium heat in a large frying pan.
- Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally until the mushrooms are tender and well browned, about 6 minutes. Add salt, pepper and garlic. Stir and reduce heat to medium/medium low.
- Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat chicken broth. Once lightly boiling, add in Boursin cheese and white wine, stirring with a fork to help melt cheese. Lower heat and simmer to thicken. If not using pepper Boursin, add 1/4 tsp black pepper. Once the cheese is fully incorporated to the liquids, add sauce to mushrooms, stir and simmer.
- In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta until almost done, about 6 minutes.
- Add the asparagus and cook until it and the pasta are just done, about 3-4 minutes longer. (If using broccoli add with 2 minutes left to go, snap peas about 1 1/2 min).
- Drain the pasta. Toss with the mushrooms and sauce. Season to taste.
- Serve with Parmesan cheese on side. Enjoy!