Simple Mushroom Pasta with Sour Cream Sauce
Embark on a culinary journey that celebrates simplicity and rich flavors with our Simple Mushroom Pasta Recipe. This delightful dish pairs the earthy goodness of mushrooms with the smooth indulgence of a sour cream sauce. Tossed with perfectly cooked spaghetti and enhanced by the subtle hints of garlic and fresh dill, it's a recipe that proves that you don't need a pantry full of ingredients to create a delicious meal. Join me in the kitchen as we explore the art of creating a satisfying and flavorful mushroom pasta dish that's both quick and easy to prepare.
- 35/1 (oz/kg) fresh mushrooms (you can replace them with 600 g/20 oz of canned mushrooms)
- 20/600 (oz/g) spaghetti (you can also use other pasta types)
- 20/600 (oz/g) sour cream (12% fat)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 4-6 garlic cloves or to taste
- some salt and ground white pepper to taste
- a medium-sized fresh dill bundle, finely chopped
- 4 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese for serving (optional)
wash the mushrooms, drain, and cut them into smaller pieces if necessary, or rinse and drain the mushrooms if you're using canned mushroom.
pour the oil into a frying skillet, wait to heat up, then place the mushrooms inside, and saute them over a very high temperature.
in the meantime, place the spaghetti to boil in a pot with salted water and wait to soften according to the instructions on the package.
when the water in the skillet dropped significantly, add the garlic (peeled and chopped previously), and continue saute the ingredients for 3-5 minutes or until the water drops almost completely.
place the sour cream into a bowl and add over the chopped dill, season with some salt and ground white pepper to taste, then combine these ingredients well by hand.
reduce the temperature to low, take the skillet off the heat, pour the sour cream over the mushrooms, mix, then place the skillet back, and wait just until the mushroom sauce starts slightly bubbling, then turn off the stove. drain the water from spaghetti, place them on plates, then top each one with the creamy mushroom sauce and serve immediately; optionally, you can sprinkle some grated Parmesan cheese.
Cooking Tips for the Best Results:
1. Properly Sauté the Mushrooms: When sautéing the mushrooms, make sure not to overcrowd the pan. This allows them to brown and develop a rich, nutty flavor. Cook in batches if necessary, and season them with a pinch of salt and pepper for enhanced taste.
2. Don’t Overcook the Pasta: Cook the spaghetti just until it’s al dente, meaning it should have a slight bite to it. Overcooking can result in mushy pasta. Remember that the pasta will continue to cook briefly in the sauce, so undercooking slightly is preferred.
3. Use Fresh Garlic: For the best flavor, use fresh garlic. Mince it finely or use a garlic press to release its aromatic qualities. Adding garlic to the sautéed mushrooms infuses the dish with a delightful aroma and taste.
4. Mix the Sour Cream Off the Heat: When adding sour cream to the sauce, remove the pan from the heat. Mixing it in off the heat prevents the sour cream from curdling and ensures a creamy and smooth sauce.
5. Garnish with Fresh Dill: Fresh dill adds a burst of freshness and a hint of anise-like flavor to your pasta. Chop it finely and sprinkle it over the dish just before serving to elevate both the taste and presentation.
Can I use different types of mushrooms for this recipe?
Yes, you can use a variety of mushrooms such as cremini, shiitake, or oyster mushrooms to add depth to the flavor. Each type will bring its unique taste to the dish.
Is there a substitute for sour cream if I don’t have it on hand?
If you’re out of sour cream, Greek yogurt or crème fraîche can be excellent substitutes. They provide a similar creamy texture and a tangy flavor.
Can I use whole wheat or gluten-free pasta in this recipe?
Absolutely! You can use whole wheat or gluten-free pasta to cater to dietary preferences. Just ensure you adjust the cooking time as needed, as these types of pasta may cook differently.
How do I store and reheat leftovers?
To store leftovers, place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop, adding a bit of extra sour cream or broth to maintain the creamy consistency.
Can I make this dish ahead of time for a dinner party?
Yes, you can prepare the mushroom sauce ahead of time and store it separately. Cook the pasta just before serving, then combine them, reheat the sauce, and assemble your dish. This ensures the pasta remains perfectly cooked and the sauce is fresh.
➡️ Enjoy cooking mushroom pasta recipes from scratch! For additional info, read more here. I also recommend other tasty mushroom pasta recipes published on this website such as creamy mushroom pasta with sour cream and more (see below.)