This stunningly easy mushroom cream sauce pasta comes together in under and hour. The creamy decadent mushroom sauce coats the pasta perfectly. The earthy mushrooms pair excellently with the mild creamy cheese sauce. It’s great for weeknight dinners, easy date nights, and tricking your guests into thinking you’re a professional chef.
Mushroom Cream Sauce Pasta
I’ve made this mushroom cream sauce pasta so many times over the last year under the guise that I was recipe testing, but really I just kept thinking about it and wanting it for dinner over and over again. So that being said, I’ve made many variations of the sauce. Mostly because cremini mushrooms aren’t always available at my local grocery store. And sometimes, I really don’t feel like going out of my way for them.
So I can tell you with full confidence that this pasta will be just as good if you too don’t want to go out of the way for the cremini mushrooms. But I highly recommend getting them, because it makes you sound more sophisticated when you’re telling people about your dinner.
Cremini vs. Baby Bella
This mushroom cream sauce pasta calls for both cremini and baby bella mushrooms. As I said earlier you can definitely alter the proportions or use all baby bella mushroom if cremini aren’t available. Cremini mushrooms are a bit dried than portabella mushrooms, and they have a deeper, earthier taste. Even looking at the two of them together you can guess they are similar, they look pretty much the same! Cremini mushrooms are a tad bit darker and they look more wrinkly.
Changing Taste Buds
I used to HATE mushrooms when I was a kid. Any time my mom made something with mushrooms in it I refused to eat them. It’s so funny to me that I’ve gone from hating mushrooms to experimenting with them. Going out of my way to buy all sorts of mushrooms I’d never head of before. Something I used to hate has become one of my favorite things (really I’m not kidding when I say this mushroom cream sauce pasta IS that good!)
Weeknight, Date Night, Any Night Meal!
This mushroom cream sauce pasta recipe is one of those things that you can make any day. It’s great for those days when you’re pressed for time and you need to get dinner on the table. But it also feels like an elevated meal you would serve to company, or for a date night. It’s a versatile, simple recipe that is prefect for beginners looking to try experimenting with new ingredients!
Other Recipes to Try:
If you’re a major pasta lover like me, try out these other Happy Stirring pasta recipes. Perfect for quick weeknight dinners, AND elevated date nights.
- Classic Italian Pesto
- Easy Cheesy Pastitsio
- Baked Feta Pasta with Zucchini and Chicken Sausage
- Pasta with Spicy Sausage and Green Onions
- Spicy Vodka Pasta with Creamy Goat Cheese
- Easy Kale Pesto and Sausage Pasta
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Quick and Easy Mushroom Cream Sauce Pasta
- 1 lb pasta cooked
- 3 Tbsps unsalted butter
- 1 shallot diced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 8 oz baby bella mushrooms finely chopped
- 4 oz cremini mushrooms finely chopped
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 tsp beef bouillon
- pinch of red pepper
- 1/2 tsp dried parsley
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup Romano cheese grated
- Over medium high heat, add butter, shallot, and garlic to pan. Cook, stirring frequently, until shallot is soft and garlic is fragrant, about 3 minutes.
- Add mushrooms and cook until soft, 5 minutes.
- Add wine, beef bouillon, red pepper, and parsley. Cook until wine is completed reduced, 10 – 13 minutes.
- Add cream, bring to a simmer and cook 10 more minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add cooked pasta and stir to coat in sauce. Remove from heat. Add Romano cheese and stir until cheese is incorporated.
- Serve with additional cheese, black pepper, and parsley.