Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wild Mushroom Pasta

The last couple of weeks I've been admiring the beautiful golden mushrooms at the Tiny Planet Produce stand at the Kingfield Market. This week I decided to splurge and buy some. Originally, I was only going to buy some chanterelle, but then I saw they also had chicken of the woods. I had to have both. That really made it a splurge as this half pound of mushrooms cost $16.
Chanterelle and Chicken of the Woods Mushrooms
I've only had chicken of the woods once before in a dish at Corner Table. It won me over right away, but I'd never seen it anywhere to buy before. They are like no other mushroom I've every had, very firm with a decidedly lemon chicken flavor.
WIld Mushroom Pasta
I knew I were going to make a pasta with these two mushrooms, but I didn't want to make anything too heavy. I also wanted to make sure there wasn't anything else in the pasta that would overpower the mushrooms. So, I kept it pretty basic a light cream sauce flavored with garlic, leeks and a little parsley. It was exactly like I wanted a summer mushroom pasta to be. The only thing I would change if we splurged and made it again would be to cut the chicken of the woods mushrooms a little smaller. The bigger pieces stayed a little chewier than we liked while the small ones were nice and soft.

Wild Mushroom Pasta

4 - 5 oz linguine
1/2 T butter
1/2 T olive oil
1 leek, white and light green parts sliced and well washed
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 lb wild mushrooms, chopped or sliced depending on the mushroom
1 t white wine vinegar
1/4 c chicken stock
1/2 c half and half
1/2 oz grated parmesan
1 T chopped fresh parsley
salt and pepper

Cook the linguine according to the directions. When done drain and set aside.

While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter and olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the leek and garlic and sauté for a minute or two until just starting to get tender. Add the mushrooms. Sauté until the mushroom and leeks are very tender. Stir in the vinegar and chicken stock. Add the half and half. Let cook until just slightly reduced. Add the parmesan and stir until melted. Stir in the  parsley. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.

Stir the drained pasta into the sauce. Serve with extra cheese if desired.

Makes 2 servings

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5 comments:

Amy P. said...

Lovely, Kathy!

Sippity Sup said...

Chanterelles are my chanteuse and yours sing to me! GREG

Deborah said...

Those are some of the most beautiful mushrooms I've seen! I've never heard of them, but I would love to come up on some!

Foodycat said...

I had a lovely lunch this week consisting of fettucini just with butter, parmesan and girolles. When you have those amazing mushrooms, you really don't need to do anything fancy! Lucky you for having access to them!

Lori said...

As my cooking and tastebuds have gotten more advanced, I'm learning a splurge is completely worth it! This looks great!

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