Creamy Mushroom Pasta

Creamy Mushroom Pasta

3:23 pm by Kamilya Abilova

¼ C. everyday olive oil
1 pound mixed mushrooms, torn into bite-size pieces (we used Smallhold‘s assorted Oyster mushrooms)
2 medium shallots, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely minced
1 pound dry pasta, preferably shapes that nicely “trap” the sauce in the folds (we used Trumpets from Sfoglini)
⅓ C. Wünder Creamery plain quark
1 teaspoon thyme leaves, plus more for serving
1 C. mushroom stock (homemade or store-bought)
1 C. pasta cooking liquid (aka liquid gold)
1 Tbspn. miso paste
2 Tbsps. unsalted butter
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
Grated pecorino romano, for serving

Heat ¼ cup oil in a large Dutch oven pot over medium-high heat. Wait until the oil is nicely hot. Throw in the mushrooms, but do not overcrowd to avoid steaming. Cook in batches if need be. Toss the mushrooms occasionally until browned and tender, 5–8 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add shallots and thyme, season with salt and pepper, and cook stirring often until shallots are translucent and softened about 2 minutes. Add in the garlic and miso paste and marry them well into everything in the pot. Add stock and reduce heat to low. Bring to a simmer and cook until only a thin layer of stock coats the bottom of the pot, about 7 minutes.

While the mushroom base is simmering, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, occasionally stirring to avoid lumping, until very al dente, about 3 minutes less than package directions. Using tongs, transfer pasta to pot with mushrooms and add 1 cup pasta cooking liquid. Increase heat to medium, bring to a simmer, and cook, tossing constantly, until pasta is al dente and liquid is slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Add quark, return to a simmer, and cook, tossing until pasta is coated, about 1 minute (try to avoid going longer otherwise the quark will curdle too much). Remove from heat, add butter, and toss to combine.

Top with more thyme, fresh black pepper, and grated pecorino romano.