Creamy Mushroom Spaghetti

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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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


  1. Heat water to a boil for the pasta, salt water, drop in pasta and cook to al dente.
  2. Wipe mushrooms clean with damp towel. Remove woody stems. Thinly slice the mushrooms.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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