Penne with truffled mushroom sauce

This pasta dish takes very little time to prepare. Put the water on to boil with a lid on asap. Salt it after it’s come to a boil, then dump the penne in. Now start on the sauce. You’ll be eating in 12 minutes.

Penne with truffled mushroom sauce (serves 2)

200g penne pasta (the boxes I buy are 450, so I use about 1/2 a box.
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cups of mushrooms (a wild mushroom mixture or a box of crimini would be nice)
Penne illustration for date night penne recipe1 medium onion
1 plump clove of garlic
1 glass of white wine
½ cup of cream
1 tsp truffle oil
Salt and pepper
Parmesan

  • Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Salt it and add the penne. Cook for 1 minute less than the box instructions so that it is al dente.
  • Meanwhile, dice the onion and fry in 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Wipe then slice the mushrooms and add to the onion
  • Once the mushrooms are brown, season with salt and pepper and grate in the clove of garlic
  • Pour in 1 glass of white wine and scrape up the brown bits from the pan into a sauce
  • Add the ½ cup of cream and the tsp of truffle oil (taste the sauce – sometimes truffle oil loses its flavor if it’s been in on a shelf for a while, in which case, add a bit more)
  • Drain the pasta and toss with the sauce
  • Grate over a generous amount of parmesan and some fresh black pepper

Serve with a green salad (from a packet) and a balsamic vinaigrette.

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2 Responses to Penne with truffled mushroom sauce

  1. Dan Fusco says:

    Do I use white truffle or black? And what is a good brand of truffle and where would I buy it? Thank you…

    • Kate says:

      I use black truffle olive oil. I bought it at Eataly, where you can be pretty sure that every brand is a good brand but you can buy it in most supermarkets. look for one that’s got truffle shavings in it, not truffle flavor. Black truffel is generally cheaper than white truffle oil, and tastes great. Hope you enjoy the recipe.

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