Homemade Pasta with Mushrooms in a White Wine Butter Sauce is such a warm and cozy dish to make in under an hour. Practice this with Buttons then hit the Farmers’ Market for Maitakes this fall!
If you want to get right to cooking, go ahead and use some dried Fettucine and skip ahead. If you want to learn one of the easiest things to make from scratch, here’s how to make homemade pasta. 1 Egg + 1 Egg Yolk + 1 Cup Flour. Dump the flour on to a clean countertop and create a well in the middle. Add one egg and one egg yolk to the well.
Use a fork to whisk the egg and slowly incorporate as much flour as needed to handle the dough with your hands. You won’t use all the flour – just use ‘enough’. Knead the dough for five minutes until all the flour is hydrated and the dough is smooth. Wrap in plastic wrap and sit for 30 minutes.
Remove the dough from the plastic. Use the heal of your hand to press the dough into a disc then coerce it into a quarter inch thick rectangle. Dust both sides with some left over flour.
Pass the dough through level ‘0’ on a pasta machine. Continue to pass the pasta through the machine until you reach setting ‘7’. You may want to divide the dough in half after setting 5 or 6. Then use the cutting side of your pasta machine to form the pasta into fettuccine. Toss with a little extra flour and cover with plastic until needed.
Mushrooms in White Wine and Butter Sauce.
You can slice your mushrooms if you’d like but lately I’ve been breaking them apart into tiny pieces with my fingers. I prefer the rustic texture and you can fit more in the pan to fry them. Plus, it’s always better to cook using your hands! So prepare 8 – 10 ounces of mushrooms either broken into bits or sliced with a knife.
Along with the mushrooms, roughly dice one large Shallot. You can also set aside 1 Cup of White Wine, 2 Tablespoons of Butter, 2 Teaspoons of Chili Flakes, a few springs of Thyme, and 1/3 Cup Parm Reggiano.
The last ingredient for the sauce is 1 Cup of starchy Pasta Water. This can be a little tricky to time accordingly for this recipe. If you’re using fresh pasta, it only takes about 3 minutes to cook. This means your mushrooms need to be ready for the starchy water right at the pasta’s two minute mark. My solution to this is to cook in phases.
Stress-Free Cooking Phases
Phase 1 [15 min] – Prepare the dough and wrap in plastic.
Phase 2 [20 min] – Prepare the ingredients for the mushrooms. Cook the mushrooms up until adding the white wine. Then turn off the heat. Turn on the heat for the pasta water.
Phase 3 [10 min] – Roll out the dough and cut the pasta.
Phase 4 [10 min] – Reheat mushrooms. Add salt and pasta to the simmering water. Mix in 1 Tbs butter to mushrooms then mix in Reggiano. Add 1 cup pasta water to mushrooms. Simmer and stir. Add pasta to mushrooms. Toss and serve.
That’s only 55 minutes. But I bet you can do it in 45!
I started working on this recipe a couple weeks ago when I didn’t have much in the house to cook. Not even pasta. You can use onions instead of shallots (I have). You can use fresh chili instead of red flakes (I have). You can omit the thyme if you don’t have any. You can use chicken stock with the juice of a lemon instead of white wine. This is what cooking’s all about. Learning the basic techniques and improvising with what you have. Before you know it, you’ve made something brand new!
Seriously, make some pasta!! You can roll it out and cut it by hand but I highly recommend a basic pasta machine. They’re as low as $27 on Amazon right now.
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