A mushroom lovers pasta! Use whatever kind of pasta you like - enough for 2 servings. I used tagliatelle, but linguini or fettucine would also be nice. Be sure to cook your mushrooms in batches so they will be beautiful and golden. Use button, cremini or mixed mushrooms. Salting the finished dish well, will really bring out the best in the mushrooms.
15ozmixed mushrooms(such as crimini, shiitake or button (about 2 standard grocery store trays)
1TbspOlive oilfor pan frying
1tspdried tarragon(or 2 tsp. fresh chopped or 1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves or 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Tagliatelle or similar pastaenough for 2-3 servings
1/2cupFreshly grated Grana Padano or Parmesan cheese
Saute the mushrooms: Add oil to a large skillet to make a thin coat over the entire bottom of the skillet. Heat oil over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Add 1/2 of your mushrooms and arrange in a single layer (they should all lay flat with a bit of space in between.) Allow to cook until the underside is nice and golden. Flip over and brown the other side. Once golden brown on both sides, remove mushrooms to a bowl and repeat with remainder of the mushrooms.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to boil for your pasta. When water is boiling, salt well and add pasta. Cook according to cooking instructions.
When all mushrooms are browned and as pasta boils, wipe out your skillet and return all the mushrooms to the pan. Re-heat over medium heat until warmed through. Add wine and allow to simmer until wine reduces by half. Add grainy mustard and dried tarragon or thyme. Stir well to combine. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add the cream, half of the grated Parmesan, a bit of salt and freshly ground pepper and stir well to combine (pasta should be just about cooked by now. If not, remove pan from heat until pasta is ready).
Remove/reserve 1 cup of pasta boiling water from pot then drain pasta and add to skillet with mushrooms and sauce. Add about 1/3 of a cup of the reserved pasta water. Over medium heat, cook, tossing the pasta in the sauce, until the sauce thickens slightly and coats the pasta. Add more pasta water if necessary. Add the freshly chopped parsley and toss with pasta.
Remove pasta to serving plates or bowls. Serve garnished with the additional grated Parmesan and a finishing sprinkling of salt and freshly ground pepper as needed.
Be sure to read the “Ingredient and Cook's Notes" (above the recipe card!), where I share more detailedtips, variations and substitution suggestions for this recipe!