Woodsy Mushroom Pasta

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

Terrific, after work, almost meatless, meal. Omit the bacon and it's vegetarian. Omit the bacon, butter and Parmesan and it's vegan. Add a little cream or 1/2 & 1/2 to make it richer. An easy to play with recipe. I especially love the pine nuts in this and usually add more.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook spaghetti to al dente per package instructions, in salted water.
  2. While spaghetti is cooking, heat oil in a skillet over medium heat; add bacon.
  3. Cook, stirring often, until golden and crisp, about 4 minutes.
  4. Add garlic; cook, stirring, 1 minute.
  5. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 4 minutes.
  6. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water; transfer pasta to a large bowl.
  7. Pour enough of the pasta water into the mushroom mixture to make a sauce; cook, stirring, to dislodge any flavorful browned bits from the pan, about 1 minute.
  8. Stir in the butter.
  9. Add mushroom mixture to the pasta; toss.
  10. Sprinkle with parsley and pine nuts.
  11. Drizzle truffle oil over the pasta; toss.
  12. Pass the grated cheese at the table.


Most Helpful

I love bacon so used 5 slices of turkey bacon as they are so thin sliced. Then to really make it a meal, added 1 1/2c frozen peas while cooking down the sauce. Covered them with a lid and were thawed in a moment. What a super meal-in-one. And i'm not crazy about shitakes. Thanks for providing us with a quick very tasty meal!

rainboconfection June 27, 2007

This is a delicious recipe -- especially with the shiitakes. I also added some sauteed onion. And upping the bacon to about 6 pieces didn't hurt either. It's a really beautiful dish, too. The rich mushroom color and bright green parsley are wonderful, and the butter gives it a wonderful glossy look. Exceptional recipe!

PoftaBuna February 09, 2007

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a