Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Pasta with Creamy Mushroom Pea Sauce

Even though the name has Creamy in it this is on the healthier side. Adapting this dish from Eating Well, it made for a great dinner last week & lunch for the 2 days after. I was planning to post crab cakes today that I made over the weekend but for some reason my pictures didn't come through to my email here at work from my email at home. Thankfully, I had this recipe ready to go but without my own pics. I'll have to incorporate those in later because there is one funny one which shows exactly why I cut the amount of the peas down.

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Ok I will leave in the above pic just for kicks & for comparison sake but the 2 below are mine. THIS is why I needed to reduce the peas.


8 ounces whole-wheat pasta, such as fusilli or rotini
2 cups frozen peas
1 tblsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 ounces sliced prosciutto, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups fresh mushrooms
2 tblsp all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white wine
2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
3/4 cup whipping cream
Lots of freshly ground pepper, to taste
Fresh parmesan cheese for garnish

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta; cook until the pasta is tender. I had thawed my peas so I added them to the pasta the last two minutes. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook prosciutto, stirring, until it begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Add garlic & cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add mushrooms & cook, stirring, until they release their juices & most of the liquid has evaporated, about 4 minutes.

Sprinkle flour over the mushrooms; stir to coat. Add wine & let simmer for 1 minute. Add broth, return to a simmer & cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in cream & pepper. Drain the peas & pasta; return to the pan, add the mushroom sauce & toss to coat.

My Thoughts:

This dish is not rich & creamy at all like an alfredo sauce & I even wished for more sauce when I first made it. So, I doubled the liquid ingredients to make more & those amounts are already incorporated into the amounts above.

If you don't like mushrooms or peas just substitute. To me, the flavor of this dish comes from the prosciutto, wine & chicken broth & a bit of the cream of course. It's a light pasta dish that won't weigh you down.

36 comments:

BlackTieOptional said...

Thanks for visiting me! Love Pasta -we recently switched to all whole wheat. Can't wait to try this and the Tuscan white Bean & Garlic Soup too! That may be our dinner tonight! Thank you

Sherry said...

Yum! Thank you for sharing this recipe! I am always looking for recipes that are lightened without too much effect on taste. Sounds delish!

Have a great Tuesday!
Sherry

Tam said...

HI stalked over to SAY I missed YOUR BLOG! Back from Jacksonville and hopefully will be blogging soon! HOPE your weekend was GREAT!

Maria said...

I am always up for a pasta dish!
You can find the cinnamon chips in the baking aisle. They are made by Hershey. Some people can't find them though so hopefully they are in your area. They really are so great!!

KDLOST said...

good morning! hope your day is as gorgeous as ours is!

i am going to try the pumpkin crisp this week (the one you posted a couple of weeks ago)! maybe today, in fact!!!

cheers lady!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

that looks so yummy!!!!!

scargosun said...

I have a similar recipe that I adore from Cooking Light. It has peas and asparagus with a lemon cream sauce. I add lots of other veggies too, what ever I have on hand. It is VERY adaptable. :)
http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1646379

~Marie~ said...

mmm... yummy! I am so going to try this!

Kacey R. said...

This looks delicious! I'll be scouring your blog today and tomorrow to find a yummy dish to make on Thursday for friends. The trouble won't be finding something it will be DECIDING on something! This is a contender - YUM! Hope you're having a fab day!

Scary Mommy said...

It's a gross rainy day here, and this would be perfect!!!

Pam said...

Looks rich and creamy without all the guilt. I'll definitely try this recipe.

Coco said...

Yummy! Do you want me to be a fat ass?
Bought everything to make the Tuscan soup. Can't wait.

Rebecca said...

I'm not a wine drinker so I rarely buy it, but I know it is good in sauces for cooking... I was wondering if you have a white wine you would recommend?

gingela5 said...

Love pasta--and good to know you can substitute other things! Thanks!

ROXY said...

Yum, this sounds delish! I will definitely be trying this one!

TattooedMinivanMom said...

It's good to know your posting sh!t at work again. Yeah! Stick to the man! You passive aggressive CW you.

Lump said...

ok you said Crab Cakes and I lost my train of thought.....

Brooks said...

this sounds great. I like it creamy too. thanks for stopping by!

Jen said...

Mmmm, I love recipes like this. I am so going to try it.

The Blonde Duck said...

It looks yummy to me!

Michelle said...

Mmmmm! I made something similar a few weeks ago. I love the addition of the prosciutto. I'm going to add it to my recipe!

Veronica said...

Well the picture makes it look delicious!

Tabitha Blue said...

I love when dinner also serves as lunches throughout the week!! Looks tasty!

Rebeckah said...

Another delish looking recipe! I am proud of your son for not crying during his shot too! Those things HURT like crazy!

A happy heart at home said...

Looks good! It reminded me of a dish I haven't made in a long time that has a white sauce with tuna and peas in it. Thanks for commenting on my blog.

~Susan

Carrie said...

What is there not to love about something with peas and mushrooms?? yum yum yum

Erin said...

These sounds so good for a cold Autumn night...still waiting for that here in Arizona. Any time now.

Jamey said...

sounds good can't wait to see your pics. I don't like peas so I might have to leave them out.

lana said...

This looks good and I LOVE your pea picture. That is too funny :-)

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Sounds good. I am so glad that you are such a great TMTT participant. Thanks for being such a great commenter!! You ROCK!

Piece o' Coconut Cake said...

My only question-does your boy (the little one) eat HIS peas?

Lisa Ann said...

Sounds like a great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Ace C said...

Your husband is a smart guy.

Octamom said...

I should be commenting on the recipe and how great is sounds and all that--but I can't quit thinking about your ADORABLE dishes with the pasta names!! How cute are those!!!!

Blessings!

Meg said...

I love peas and mushrooms! Thank you so much for sharing!

Little O' Me said...

I can't continue b/c I am about to try to jump thru my screen to eat some of these delicious meals!!!

You are so talented!!!