Creamy Mushroom Pasta

This Creamy Mushroom Pasta recipe is rich, decadent, and ready in about 30 minutes! Meaty mushrooms coated in a creamy Parmesan cheese sauce is a delicious flavor combo. It’s easy enough for weeknights but fancy enough for special occasions, too.

a bowl of creamy mushroom pasta.

I love dinner recipes that pull double duty, like this creamy mushroom pasta. It looks fancy-ish – like a dish you might get at a restaurant – but easy enough to make during the week.

It’s the answer to so many dinnertime conundrums: Are guests coming for dinner? Make this creamy mushroom pasta! Need a weeknight 30-minute meal solution? This creamy mushroom pasta is the answer! Special occasion supper? Give this creamy mushroo… okay, I think you get the idea.

So, if super comforting pasta recipes are your jam, this mushroom pasta is for you. It’s a keeper.

a pan of mushroom pasta garnished with parsley and cheese.

Ingredients

  • Farfalle – I love bow tie pasta, but any short pasta shape will work, like penne, cavatappi, rotini, or small shells.
  • Olive oil
  • Mushrooms – To make it easy, I like to buy sliced baby bella mushrooms, but you can use any kind of mushroom. Cremini, portobello mushrooms, oyster, white button mushrooms, shiitake… you get the idea.
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • Dry white wine – Pick one you like to drink. Chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, or pinot grigio work well.
  • Unsalted butter
  • Heavy cream
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese
the ingredients for the recipe.

How to Make It

Boil the pasta: Get the pasta going in a large pot of boiling water. While it cooks, you can start on the rest of the recipe.

Mushrooms: Cook the mushrooms in a large pan over medium to medium-high heat. Cook them until they release their moisture, and it evaporates from the pan. When they’re ready, they should have a meaty texture – not rubbery. It will take about 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the size of your pan.

the cooked mushrooms in a pan.

Creamy mushroom sauce: Once the mushrooms are cooked, add the white wine to the pan. It will simmer, making it easy to scrape up the browned bits off the bottom of the pan. From there, add the butter cream and cheese, and – voila – you get a creamy pasta sauce.

the creamy mushroom pasta tossed together in a pan.

Finish it up: Add the cooked pasta and stir to coat it in the sauce. I like to garnish with some extra Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.

mushroom pasta in a grey bowl.

Recipe Tips

  • Mushrooms: I like the bigger slices of mushrooms in this dish, but I get some people are not big fans of that. So, instead of using sliced mushrooms, finely chop them and then cook them in the pan. You’ll get a sauce that is flecked and flavored with mushrooms without the big scary pieces.
  • Storage: This pasta dish is best when it’s made. If you have leftovers, they will keep for a day or so in the fridge, but the sauce won’t be as creamy. For the best leftovers, warm them in a pan on the stove over medium heat. Add a splash or two of milk or cream. This will help loosen the sauce as it warms up.

When you taste the final result, you’ll be amazed that it only took 30 minutes. Isn’t it nice we can still surprise ourselves? Try it, I think you’ll love it.

Happy cooking,

April
the finished pasta in a large pan.

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Creamy Mushroom Pasta

a bowl of creamy mushroom pasta.

This rich and creamy mushroom pasta takes about 30 minutes to make – it’s easy enough for weeknight dinners but totally “guest-worthy,” too! 

  • Author: April Anderson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Saute
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Scale
  • 8 ounces farfalle (bowtie pasta)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 16 ounces sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Optional garnishes: Shredded Parmesan and chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Boil the pasta according to the package directions and then drain it.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, salt, and pepper. Cook the mushrooms between medium to medium-high heat until they release their moisture, about 10 minutes or so.
  3. Add the wine to the pan and, while it simmers, scrape up the browned bits off the bottom of the pan.
  4. Add the butter, and once it’s melted, add the cream. Heat the cream until it’s steaming hot (not boiling).
  5. Add the shredded cheese to the pan and stir until it’s melted and the sauce is creamy. Stir in the cooked pasta. Serve with the garnishes, if using.

Notes

Mushrooms: Instead of using sliced mushrooms, you can finely chop them and then cook them in the pan. You’ll get a sauce that is flecked and flavored with mushrooms – this works well if you’re cooking for someone mushroom-averse.

Storage: If you have leftovers, they will keep for a day or so in the fridge, but the sauce won’t be as creamy. For the best leftovers, warm them in a pan on the stove over medium heat. Add a splash or two of milk or cream. This will help loosen the sauce as it warms up.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 518
  • Sugar: 4.3g
  • Sodium: 511.3mg
  • Fat: 27.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 13.4g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 12.4g
  • Trans Fat: 0.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 48.9g
  • Fiber: 2.5g
  • Protein: 18.5g
  • Cholesterol: 55.1mg

Keywords: mushroom pasta, easy mushroom pasta recipe, creamy mushroom pasta

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The nutrition is an estimate only. It was calculated using Nutrifox, an online nutrition calculator.

Post, photos, and recipe updated from the archives. First published in September 2015.

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16 Comments

  1. I have to admit that I’m not a fan of mushrooms, but my hubby is looking over my shoulder at this recipe and drooling. I may make the supper a two-fer and make your 5 Ingredient Sun Dried Tomato Pasta for myself!

  2. I will defently try these out ,are brown champignons great for these recipe,,how woud it taste by ading one clove of garlick and a little white wine us final touch probally even better or.

  3. This will be my “go-to” mushroom pasta. I should rate the recipe made as written. But I did add 1/2 tsp dried thyme and roasted the mushrooms. Such a flavorful dish. A Meatless Monday marvel any day of the week!

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