Creamy Mushroom Spaghetti

Total Time:
35 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Salt
  • 1 pound whole-wheat or whole-grain spaghetti
  • 1 1/2 pounds mixed mushrooms - shiitake, crimini, any that catch your eye at market
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, eyeball it
  • 2 leeks
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or Romano, for topping
Directions

Heat water to a boil for the pasta, salt water, drop in pasta and cook to al dente.

Wipe mushrooms clean with damp towel. Remove woody stems. Thinly slice the mushrooms.

Heat a large deep skillet with extra-virgin olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until deeply golden and tender, 10 minutes.

While mushrooms cook, halve the leeks lengthwise. Cut off a couple of inches from tough tops. Trim off root end. Thinly slice the leek then vigorously wash in a large bowl of cold water, separating all the layers to free of grit. Let leeks sit a few minutes then lift out of the water and dry on kitchen towel.

Add leeks to mushrooms along with garlic and season with salt, pepper and fresh thyme. Cook 3 to 4 minutes more then add wine, reduce half a minute then stir in cream and heat through. Toss pasta with mushrooms and adjust seasoning. Top with grated cheese at the table.


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