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Linguine with Creamy Mushroom Sauce
“This easy pasta recipe is an excuse to buy wild mushrooms, available at many grocery stores these days. Or if you prefer white buttons, those will work well too. The creamy linguine is ready in 40 minutes, so it's quick enough for an easy weeknight recipe but it feels fancy enough for entertaining.”
8 ounces whole-wheat linguine pasta
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 cloves garlic, sliced
1½ pounds mixed mushrooms, sliced
1 cup diced shallots
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 cup dry white wine
½ cup sour cream or crème fraîche
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese plus more for garnish
1 tablespoon butter
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground pepper
Finely chopped fresh parsley for garnish
1Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve ½ cup of the pasta water, then drain the pasta.
2Meanwhile, heat oil and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms, shallots and thyme and increase heat to high. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid the mushrooms release has evaporated and the mushrooms are starting to brown, 11 to 13 minutes.
3Add wine to the pan and cook until it is reduced by about half, about 3 minutes. Stir in the reserved pasta water, sour cream (or crème fraîche), Parmesan, butter, salt and pepper. Add the pasta and toss to coat. Serve topped with more Parmesan and parsley, if desired.