Penne Pasta with Portobello Mushroom Sauce

by Erica Dinho on February 28, 2009

Pasta with mushrooms

This simple pasta with portobello mushroom sauce recipe is very easy to prepare and has plenty of flavor, making it perfect for a vegetarian weeknight dinner. You can substitute any other mushroom variety. Serve with a green salad. Since my husband became a vegetarian 7 months ago, I am always trying to make good meatless recipes and this is one of his favorites.

pasta with portobello

(6 Servings)

1 pound penne pasta
1/4 cup olive oil
1/3 cup chopped onions
1/2 pounds chopped portobello mushrooms
2 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and Pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 1/2 cup parmigiano-reggiano cheese
3 tablespoons chopped chives, divided

pasta with portobello


  1. Cook pasta in boiling salted water until al dente; drain well and keep warm.
  2. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes or until soft, stirring occasionally. Add onions, garlic, salt, pepper and thyme; cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the cream, increase the heat to high and bring to a boil, add the tomato paste, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until thick, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon about 5 minutes. Add the parmigiano-reggiano and 1 tablespoon chives, stir well and adjust the seasoning to taste.
  4. Add the pasta to the mushroom sauce, stirring well and cook until the pasta is heated through, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with remaining chives and serve immediately.
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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Simply Life October 2, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Yum, this looks great!


2 Erica October 18, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Thank you, Gina!


3 Jack March 3, 2010 at 9:43 AM

I made this last night and it was so amazing.Everyone loved it.


4 Oliver May 25, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Made this dish today and it was delicious. Easy to make.


5 Paul September 9, 2010 at 7:45 PM

I wanted to try this out because my wife did not think I could beat her cooking. The kids loved it and so did she. According to her we are tie as far as cooking skills go. Thanks!!


6 Jo September 27, 2010 at 5:36 PM

This tastes cheesy And tomato-y. I’m an Italian chef and would use this recipe if my boss let me. Chao!


7 Anonymous December 17, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Absolutely Delicious!
I made this recipe several times and it is absolutely delicious! You will not be disappointed.


8 Jen March 7, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Super good, easy to make! We are meat eaters, so I added chicken. And the second time I made it I added asparagus. Yummo!


9 Carl July 30, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Thank you for the great recipe, looking forward to trying this one. We love pasta in the Royal Navy. Do you mind if i add this recipe to my site ?


10 Oscar August 14, 2011 at 6:40 PM

My beautiful girlfriend and I made this in my tiny kitchen and it was very easy.


11 Tarien September 1, 2012 at 7:41 AM

Thank you for this great recipe! I am going to spoil my grandfather and grandmother with it for Sunday Lunch!


12 Carolina May 8, 2014 at 11:54 AM

I made it and it was very good. Great meatless meal.


13 Daniel September 22, 2014 at 8:57 AM

My wife make this pasta twice a month. We all love it. It’s one of of our favorite pasta dishes.


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