Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Garlic pasta with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

The other day I bought some fresh garlic pasta at the Farmers’ Market. We haven’t had a white sauce in a while, and I thought mushrooms in a creamy sauce would go well with the pasta.



Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound fresh garlic pasta
  • 8 ounces mushrooms
  • 3 big hand-fulls of spinach
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • basil
  • 1/3 cup half and half
  • Parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste

I started by sautéing the sliced mushrooms in a bit of olive oil. After the mushrooms cooked for a few minutes, I added the minced garlic and the spinach. I cooked everything until the spinach was wilted and then added the half and half and cooked everything for a few more minutes. Here is a picture of the finished sauce.



And here is the sauce mixed with the pasta. I also tossed the sauce and the pasta with some Parmesan cheese.



And here is an individual plate with a bit more Parmesan cheese and some basil.




Question: What’s your favorite pasta sauce?


Be well,

Andrea

42 comments:

  1. That looks delicious! My favorite is red sauce. Although, I do not cook it that often because my fiance is not a big fan of it.

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  2. Looks great! I love creamy sauces on pasta- I had a great one that was roasted red peppers, grilled chicken and creme fraiche in a tomato sauce. Also a HUGE pesto fan :D

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  3. My favorite = sundried tomato pesto

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  4. I'll take THAT one!

    but normally I love just a simple fresh tomato sauce.

    or just olive oil and basil s/p
    MMM

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  5. I love simple tomato sauces with lots of garlic. If I'm cooking just for me, I add a few chopping pickled jalapenos. If I'm cooking for me and my girl, I spice it up at the table. And then, parm. Always, always parm. :)

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  6. mmm normally I dont like creamy sacues like this but it looks SO GOOD! and i love the mushrooms in here :) Drool
    my fav sauce is classic but CHUNKY tomato :)

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  7. THAT is my favorite pasta sauce!! My mouth is watering right now.

    In reality tough, I really enjoy a good red sauce with chunky tomatoes and some good Italian sausage :) What can I say, my roots are in Italy!

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  8. Looks gorgeous for a vegetarian Thanksgiving. Hope you and your family have a great holiday!

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  9. WOW! How delicious! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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  10. Garlic, yum! I love pomodoro sauce with lots of garlic.

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  11. i starred this one~must make it! i like any sauce with mushrooms in it :)

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  12. Mmmm...mushrooms. It's been a little while since I've had some mushrooms.

    My fav pasta sauce, that's a good question. I'd have to say my mom's spaghetti sauce. Whenever she cooks it I'm over the moon.

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  13. This garlic mushroom sauce looks fabulous! I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

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  14. Red for me! I got some tomatoes at a local farm yesterday, and they validate the song, "There are only two things money can't buy, true love, and home grown tomatoes!"

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  15. Garlic infused pasta sounds marvelous!

    I'm not a big sauce fan so I like to just stick to a good homemade marinara with lots of basil!

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  16. Sorry if this comes through twice!!

    Garlic infused pasta saounds marvelous!

    I'm not a big sauce fan so I usually stick to a good homemade marinara with lots of fresh basil...

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  17. Andrea that pasta looks incredible! Your photog skills are making it even harder to not run out for white sauce right now!

    I love pesto the most. Pesto + pine nuts + goat cheese = perfect combo!

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  18. Oh my, this looks amazing! I love the combo!

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  19. I wish I liked mushrooms - looks delicious!

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!

    And alfredo is my favorite, just don't have it too often because of the calories!

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  20. Yum, beautiful ingredients! I don't really have a favorite pasta, as we don't get to eat it much, so any of them becomes a favorite, and I savor it like treasure!

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  21. there's nothing comparable to fresh pasta! I wish I can get some now. my favorite fresh pasta is gnocchi and favorite sauce is tomatoes sauce with basil. Simple but YUM~

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  22. very nice love the freshness of the pictures also :)

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  23. Looks delicious!

    Happy Thanksgiving! :)

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  24. yummmm I love simple pasta dishes like this, that photo has me drooling!

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  25. I'm a homemade marinara girl here! Yum! Yours looks fabulous.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  26. My favorite is spicy marinara...but that one looks amazing!

    Have a great Thanksgiving, Andrea!

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  27. Hee hee I already saw this post on Foodbuzz...but now I'm here commenting!

    Right now, I think your sauce is my favorite...I adore mushrooms, and creamy sounds great this chilly night! But it always differs, depending on my mood...

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  28. Consider that copied and pasted - i'll be making this soon and linking back to your blog - YUMMMMEEE! My favorite sauce is sundried tomato pesto!

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  29. WOW! That looks amazing. My favorite pasta sauce would have to be...I really just like a light olive oil, tomato and basil!

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING. :)

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  30. This looks delicious, and very light for a creamy pasta dish!

    I love alfredo sauce, but I think my all-time favorite is just a really good marinara!

    Happy Thanksgiving, Andrea!

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  31. That pasta looks and sounds wonderful!Simple, easy and delicious.

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  32. This look delicious! ONe of my favorites is pesto.

    Happy thanksgiving!

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  33. Hi there!! I love your blog and the pictures you choose to share! The pasta looks delicious and honestly quite fast and simple to make. It reminds me so much of comfort food. :) My favorite sauce of all time has to be basil and sundried tomato sauce....*drool* And then I sautee onions and throw 'em in the sauce. Even better! "The toddler" is adorable!!!! (i have a soft spot for halfie babies...I would love to have a halfie one day!) Hope you have a fantastic thanksgiving!

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  34. mm that looks so good!
    I don't think I've had garlic pasta!

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  35. I love a seafood pasta with tomato sauce and fresh herbs! Yuuuum! I wasn't too fond of the white sauce until I got older, so I haven't had too much of it. Your version looks delicious!

    Happy Thanksgiving, Andrea =)

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  36. Oh boy, my favorite pasta sauce... pesto and alfredo are probably tied for first!

    Thank you for your thoughtful comment this morning, as a mama of a teenager and a toddler, I totally value your thoughts on the subject of picky eaters. Thanks for your kind and encouraging words.

    Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving!!

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  37. All meals are rich in vitamin a garlic flavor and adds a natural antibiotic and he is good in my swine flu

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