Frugal Healthy Recipe: Pasta w/ Mushrooms

By Marissa Bognanno, The Frugal Diet contributing Chef, Zumba Instructor, & Author of "The Boot" Blog

Mushrooms are my new favorite food, which is funny because I used to avoid them like the plague. A classicItalian dish and super easy to make is tagliatelle ai funghi. If you find some perfect, little button mushrooms in the supermarket, fresh garlic, and parsley - you will have this dish ready in no time at all. In the time it takes to boil the water and taste a glass of deep red (I like Primitivo) the mushrooms will be ready to toss with the pasta. 

Tagliatelle ai funghi
serves 3

1 pint white mushrooms, washed well
1/2 pound tagliatelle 
1 clove garlic
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
splash dry white wine
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil

Saute the garlic in the olive oil on medium heat. (Leave the clove whole and take it out at the end - this way the flavor remains without being overpowering.) Add the mushrooms sliced lengthwise, half of the parsley, the splash of wine and simmer. The mushrooms will release a lot of liquid. When they are tender (about 10 minutes later), sprinkle some salt and taste. (Mushrooms are salty on their own, so be sure to add a little and check so as not to over-salt.) In the meantime, add the tagliatelle to boiling, salted water, and drain when it’s al dente. Toss with the mushrooms and serve with the rest of the parsley on top. Buon appetito!

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